Kurt Arnold

Kurt Arnold is a relentless advocate for his clients having obtained billions in verdicts and settlements since founding Arnold & Itkin at the young age of 25. One of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers, Kurt stands behind his track record of securing record-setting verdicts and settlements for his clients.

  • $117 Million - Largest single single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in Louisiana
  • $44 Million - Largest single-amputee verdict in the country
  • $42 Million - Largest commercial verdict in Hawaii
  • $29 Million – Largest settlement for an offshore death case in U.S. history

Kurt prepares every case for trial.

Of course, many cases resolve before trial, but defendants and insurance companies only pay the largest settlements when you give them no alternative.

Turning “No” into Victories for His Clients Day After Day

Kurt finds helping individuals defeat companies that have continuously denied his clients justice to be one of the most rewarding parts of his job. His dedication to his clients has resulted in multiple, nationwide product recalls, hundreds of verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million, dozens of verdicts and settlements exceeding $10 million, and numerous record-setting 9-figure verdicts and settlements. In recognition for Kurt’s $44 million jury verdict involving a crane collapse, The National Law Journal named Arnold & Itkin to its Top 50 Elite Trial Lawyers List.

Kurt has also been honored by The Best Lawyers in America® for his extraordinary work in Admiralty and Maritime Law. After the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon, an explosion that killed 11 workers and injured dozens more, Kurt represented 27 men and women—more Deepwater Horizon workers than any other lawyer in the country. Through hard work and dedication, Kurt obtained unprecedented settlements on their behalves, ensuring that they would be financially supported for the rest of their lives. From the Deepwater Horizon to the El Faro tragedy, Kurt has been a leader in obtaining justice for hit clients in nearly every major maritime and offshore accident. Understanding the unique complexities involved in these cases, Kurt has successfully won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for maritime and oil rig clients in the past few years alone.

The Leader in Catastrophic Personal Injury Litigation

Kurt has won larger settlements and verdicts for his clients than any other lawyer his age in the country. In addition to his record-setting verdicts, Kurt has achieved over $1.5 billion in verdicts in settlements in the last few years alone. He has taken on the largest, most complex plant explosions, land rig accidents, and work site accidents in the nation and routinely secured dozens of verdicts and settlements in excess $10 million. Kurt has also fought for countless individuals and families who have suffered injuries due to pharmaceutical and drug companies putting profits over people. He has also held trucking companies accountable for the tragic accidents that they have caused by putting reckless drivers on the road. In fact, his perseverance before a jury and reputation as a skillful and innovative negotiator have led hundreds of law firms across the United States to ask Kurt to try their cases.

Results Matter

Kurt has built his reputation on results and takes pride in his commitment to justice for his clients. He is proud of the team he has built at Arnold & Itkin and their focus on obtaining unprecedented results while helping clients put their lives back on track after catastrophic incidents. He and his wife and fellow lawyer, Tara Arnold, live in Houston and are involved in numerous organizations throughout the community.


  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court,
    Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Northern District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Pennsylvania


  • University of Texas, B.A. in Government with High Honors
  • University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors (Top 5% of His Class)


  • 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • 2015 Elite Trial Lawyers 50 Firms
  • Texas Super Lawyers® (2013-2015)
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Million Dollar & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars
    (2005-2006, 2009-2013)
  • "40 Under 40" by the Houston Business Journal (2011)
  • "Top Lawyers for the People" from H Texas Magazines (2005)
  • Founding Member of the Nation's Top 100 Attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel

“Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard.”

- Kurt Arnold

Get to know Attorney Kurt Arnold, one of the founding partners of Arnold & Itkin.

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