“Kurt and I have been partners for over 10 years. Most law firms don’t even stay in business for 10 years, and ours has grown from Kurt and me in a small little room, to a law firm with more than a dozen lawyers, more than 50 people working at it, and our own building in the heart of Houston.”Jason Itkin
The History of Arnold & Itkin
Skill. Hunger. Commitment.
In August 2004, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin, along with the help of one assistant, established Arnold & Itkin LLP. It was founded with one guiding purpose: helping people who have been injured by the wrongdoings of others. Even as a small law firm, we at Arnold & Itkin quickly proved we had the skill, hunger, and commitment to deliver results for our clients. It did not take us long to build a national reputation for doing just that. From helping maritime workers injured in catastrophic offshore accidents to helping consumers hurt by dangerous products, we are passionate about helping people recover after tragic incidents—and to this day, we continue to be guided by our desire to help our clients in the traumatic aftermath of serious wrongdoing.
Led by Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin, our firm has earned a reputation from coast to coast as being experienced, aggressive, and proven to get results.
Our law firm has been successful in winning billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, with several of those cases setting state or national records.
$117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History
We represented a young mother injured in a severe ambulance accident; at the time, she was seven months pregnant. After the ambulance was driven full-speed into the back of a sugar cane truck, she sustained severe brain injuries and her spine was severed at T4. There was no chance of full recovery and her daughter was delivered prematurely. We successfully proved the fault of the ambulance driver and obtained a $117 million verdict for the mother and her two daughters. This was the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.
$76.6 Million Largest Single Verdict in a Risperdal-Gynecomastia Case
We represented a family on behalf of their son, who grew large breasts as a result of taking Risperdal. He began taking the medication at a very young age and within two years developed gynecomastia. Johnson & Johnson, through their subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, denied wrongdoing. However, our trial revealed that there were important documents they wrongfully concealed regarding the link between gynecomastia and Risperdal usage. We secured a verdict over 20 times larger than the previous 4 Risperdal verdicts combined.
$44 Million Largest Amputee Verdict in the Country’s History
We represented a construction worker whose leg was amputated above the knee after a crane accident. At the time of the incident, a crane operator had been attempting to unstick an augur; they attempted to stop the job at least five times. Our client was 100 feet away behind a safety fence when he was struck. It took another crane to lift the equipment off of him. The trial took three weeks. We proved standard safety practices were violated in an effort to complete the job quickly and cheaply. It was listed #43 in The National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2015.
$41 Million Record Award for Commercial Litigation Cases in the State of Hawaii
We represented a Houston investor who had been secretly cut out of a deal to acquire one of Hawaii’s largest lumbar companies. The trial lasted for five weeks. In the end, the jury found the defendant to be guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, violating the state’s unfair competition statute, and intentionally interfering with the acquisition efforts. The verdict of $41 million was a record award for commercial cases in Hawaii.
$29 Million Largest Known Settlement for Case Involving Offshore Death
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin represented a family who lost a loved one while employed offshore. The resulting settlement is believed to be the largest known settlement of its kind for an offshore death.
$18.5 Million Verdict for Victims of the Tragic 2013 Geismar Explosion
Our attorneys represented four workers who were injured in the 2013 explosion at a Geismar plant in a trial against Williams Companies, Inc. and Sabic Petrochemicals. This was the second lawsuit of many that we are bringing regarding the explosion; juries have already awarded our clients more than $30 million total.