Ben Bireley

Attorney

Attorney Ben Bireley

Attorney Ben Bireley is a sharp, creative attorney with extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Before joining Arnold & Itkin in 2016, he worked at a renowned commercial law firm in Houston. He represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases involving multiple parties, sharpening his litigation skills in a variety of high-stakes cases. He gained knowledge in effective defense, but also how to defeat strong defenses.

His notable case history includes filing a claim against a national dialysis provider under the False Claims Act, filing breach of fiduciary claims against a worldwide palm-oil producer, and numerous high-stakes oil-and-gas contract issues. The case he is most proud of, however, is his work in advocating for the Boys & Girls Harbor. The Harbor is a home for abused children, and they needed representation in a claim against the City of Morgan’s Point. He obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for the Harbor, ensuring their needs were met.

Ben joined Arnold & Itkin precisely because of cases like the Harbor’s. He wanted to focus his practice on the injured and harmed, who were hurt because their companies prioritized their profits over their people. Ben handles cases of maritime accidents, truck accidents, plant and refinery accidents, and other catastrophic and high-stakes injury cases. Like every attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, Ben fights relentlessly for the best outcome for his clients.

Prior to beginning his private practice, Ben was a law clerk for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal in the Southern District of Texas—one of the most renowned trial judges in the nation. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in the top 10% of his class, serving as the Chief Articles Editor for the widely-known Texas Law Review.

Before pursuing law, Ben was a teacher at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and earned a Work of the Heart Award before enrolling in law school. For his undergraduate, Ben attended Boston College, where he was a part of the prestigious Boston College debate team. He graduated with honors in 2005.

When not preparing cases, Ben spends time with his wife and 3 daughters. He attends St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston. He is also an avid (albeit declining) basketball player, and enjoys spending time by the ocean.

Education

  • Boston College
  • University of Texas School of Law

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

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Maritime Information

  • August 22 2017

    Lawsuit Filed for Louisiana Seaman with Injured Back

  • August 22 2017

    Case Filed for Louisiana Seaman Injured by Bad Rigging

  • August 15 2017

    Jones Act Claim Filed for Worker Bedridden After Injury

Ben Bireley's Case Results

$6.9 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Perished Offshore Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Ben Bireley settled a case for a record sum on behalf of a grieving family. Our clients lost their loved one in an offshore incident due to negligence, but the defendant offered them a shockingly low sum as compensation. They then pressured the family into accepting the settlement offer through the use of arcane legal maneuvers and 100-year-old, outdated laws. By persevering through their shallow tactics, our team was able to secure $6.9 million for the family’s future security and stability—many times more than the defendant’s original offer. Arnold & Itkin is proud of this result, and even prouder that our client received the compensation their situation demanded.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,978,833.87.

$6.6 Million Settlement Achieved for Grieving Widow & Family of Offshore Accident Victim

Our firm was proud to secure a multimillion-dollar settlement for the family of a deceased offshore worker. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Ben Bireley represented the widow of an vessel worker who died due to alleged negligence. Our client wanted an attorney who would be able to do justice on behalf of her late husband, and her extensive search led to Arnold & Itkin. Shortly after receiving the call, Kurt Arnold flew out to speak with the family personally. After meeting, we immediately filed the case to put the pressure back on the defendant. Despite multiple legal obstacles, our team eventually negotiated a $6.6 million settlement—a sizable award that will help our client gain closure, grieve in peace, and secure a financially stable future.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,877,269.75.

$6.1 Million Settlement Secured for Widow of Deceased Offshore Worker

Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a settlement of $6.1 million for a woman who lost her husband in an incident offshore. Before she called us, she was being relentlessly hit with call after call from the defendants, government officials, and other people looking out for their own interests. The defendant attempted to pressure her into settling for an extremely small amount, despite the circumstances of her husband’s death. When she contacted our firm, Kurt Arnold immediately flew out to speak with her personally. By fighting back against the defendant and relentlessly pursuing justice on our client’s behalf, we secured a settlement that is 12 times larger than the original settlement offer.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,240,209.48.

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