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.

  • $205 Million - Confidential settlement reached for numerous clients
  • $171 Million - One of the largest confidential settlements in history
  • $117 Million - Largest single single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in Louisiana
  • $116 Million - Confidential settlement reached after years of hard fought litigation
  • $110 Million - Record settlement for victims of defective products
  • $105 Million - Record settlement for dangerous product victims
  • $97 Million - Massive settlement reached for injured refinery workers
  • $75 Million - Confidential settlement achieved for multiple clients
  • $72 Million - Record victory for man severely injured in oilfield accident
  • $44 Million - Largest single-amputee verdict in the country
  • $41 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. In 2019, he was invited to join the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is an invitation-only group of the country's top 100 plaintiff lawyers.

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 his 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 billions 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 of $10 million.

Kurt recently tried multiple cases against a well-known energy company for a plant explosion in Louisiana that harmed dozens. The company refused to offer their injured workers a fair settlement, so Kurt took them to court—trying two cases back-to-back and winning multiple 8-figure verdicts. As a result, the Defendant chose to settle with the rest of our clients for ten times more than they offered before trial.

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. As a result, he has earned a reputation as a national leader in catastrophic injury litigation.

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 with their son Jaxon. They are members of St. Paul’s Methodist Church 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)


  • Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Best Lawyers® for Admiralty and Maritime Law (2016-2019)
  • Best Lawyers® for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (2018-2019)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2017-2019)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2019)
  • The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyer Top 50 List
  • Texas Super Lawyers® List - One of the Youngest Lawyers in Texas History to Receive This Honor (2013-2018)
  • Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ List (2005-2006, 2009-2013)
  • Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers (2017)
  • Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers (2015 - 2018)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Top 40 Under 40 Award by the Houston Business Journal
  • Top Lawyers for the People by H Texas Magazine
  • 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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