Ben Bireley

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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. At Arnold & Itkin, he uses his knowledge of the other side's tactics to fight for the results clients need.

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. However, the case he is most proud of 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—helping those hurt because companies prioritized profits over people. Like every attorney at Arnold & Itkin, Ben fights relentlessly for his clients' best outcome no matter how difficult the situation they're facing might be. Ben's job is to change lives for the better. It shows in his dedication to 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. Ben attended Boston College for his undergraduate, 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 three 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

  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico

Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ (2019-2022)
  • Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers (2019-2020)
  • 10 Best Attorneys by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2017-2018)
  • Top 10 Plaintiff's Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney & Practice Magazine (2018)
  • Expert Network Distinguished© Lawyer
  • Fellow - Texas Bar Foundation
  • Premier Attorney - National Academy of Jurisprudence

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Ben Bireley's Case Results

$17M Recovered for Victim of Oil Well Blowout

Attorneys Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ben Bireley represented a man who lost his leg following an oil well blowout in Pecos, TX. We took on the case and, despite the involved companies denying all liability, successfully defeated all of their arguments. In the end, we reached a $17 million settlement.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $8,065,398.14.

$8 Million Settlement Secured for Family of Apartment Drowning Victim

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley recovered $8 million against an apartment complex owner and operator for their failure to abide by pool safety regulations. The defendant in this case owned and operated a pool that didn’t have a functional gate, which is required by both local and state regulations. As a result, our clients lost their child in a drowning accident; to add insult to injury, the defendant blamed our clients for their son’s death to avoid liability. Noah Wexler’s experience with apartment pool cases equipped our team to aggressively investigate what really happened, uncover the apartment owner’s negligence, and compel them to settle with our client. In the wake of such a devastating loss, our firm is proud to have secured some justice for our clients.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,398,277.86.

$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.

$6.7 Million Settlement for Injured Tankerman

Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ben Bireley represented a man who was working on a dock in Donaldsonville, Louisiana as a tankerman. Our client fell and sustained serious injuries to his legs, back, and neck that required surgery and left him permanently disabled. Initially, the defendant attempted to blame our client for the accident. Our team refused to let them treat him this way and was able to negotiate a settlement while the case was pending in Louisiana State Court.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,869,456.59.

$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.

$6.25 Million for Oilfield Service Worker with Mangled Hand

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley successfully recovered $6.25 million on behalf of an oilfield service worker whose hand was crushed after a hydraulic grease pump was unexpectedly activated. Despite the severity of his injuries, the defendants (the owner-operator of the drilling location and the pump’s manufacturer) tried to blame our client and his direct employer. We were not deterred and cut through their excuses, bringing in necessary experts. In the end, we reached a favorable settlement on his behalf.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,727,145.67.

$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.

$5.5 Million Obtained for Contractor with Severe Crush Injury

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley secured a $5.5 million settlement for our client, an Alabama man who was injured while working in Texas. Because his employer failed to put basic safety procedures in place, our client suffered severe crush injuries to his non-dominant arm. Despite lacking lockout/tagout procedures and a job safety analysis, the employer blamed our client for his injuries, saying that it was his fault for being in the wrong place. However, our questioning of the defendant’s own witnesses revealed the truth. This settlement ensures that our client will get the medical treatment and financial security he deserves. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,313,864.55.

$4.25 Million Settlement for Fatal Oilfield Accident

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley took on a case involving an oilfield hand who lost his life in an on-the-job accident, helping his family find justice. Through vital depositions that disproved the defense’s claims that our client was responsible for his own death, our attorneys were able to win a $4.25 million settlement on the family’s behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,011,474.47.

$3 Million Acquired for Injured Apprentice Electrician

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Noah Bireley achieved a $3 million settlement for a contractor who suffered serious burn injuries onsite at an industrial plant. The owner tried to blame our client, who was working as an electrician, for the burns he sustained. However, Noah and Ben found that the plant owner broke its own rules when it authorized our client’s work in the first place.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,431,837.60.

$2.875M Settlement for Seriously Injured Worker

Our law firm represented a worker who suffered serious crush injuries to both his arm and his hand. Attorneys Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, Ben Bireley, and Rebecca Adam took on the case, beating back the claims of the defendant who denied that the incident ever occurred. The defendant refused to take any responsibility. Despite this, we were successful in reaching a major settlement, recovering $2.875 million for our client.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,435,442.73.

$2.6 Million Settlement Reached for West Texas Oilfield Worker

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley won $2.6 million for a West Texas oilfield services employee who was seriously injured when he was violently knocked off a trailer bed when a drilling rig came loose during transfer. Our client ultimately needed knee and back surgeries to recover from his injuries. Although the defendant tried to blame our client for being in the wrong place, and pointing to his age rather than their negligence, our attorneys were able to get the defendant’s own witnesses to disagree with the “corporate story” and share the truth.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,156,686.22.

$2.35 Million Won for Son Who Lost His Father

Attorneys Ben Bireley and Noah Wexler achieved a $2.35 million settlement for a son who lost his father due to his employer’s actions. This was a hard-won case which required numerous depositions before the facts revealed themselves and Arnold & Itkin was able to prove that a third party was directly involved in the incident, and that our client’s father was not to blame for his own death.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,087,261.09.

$2.25 Million Recovered for Seaman Who Fell Through Grate

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley secured a settlement of $2.25 million for an offshore worker who fell through a manhole grate while at sea. The defendants not only claimed it wasn’t their fault, but they claimed that the injuries weren’t caused by the accident at all. Our firm immediately got to work litigating the case, eventually forcing the defendant to offer our client what he needed for his injuries.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,113,384.41.

$2.1 Million Secured for Truck Accident Victim

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley won $2.1 million for a commercial driver who was seriously injured when he was ejected from his 18-wheeler. Our client sustained neck injuries which required emergency surgery.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $880,155.91.

$1.985 Million Won for Oilfield Worker Injured in Car Accident

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley won $1.985 million for an oilfield worker who was taken out of the workforce due to his injuries after a commercial vehicle rear-ended him and a coworker in Nueces County, Texas. This collision aggravated our client’s back conditions and caused significant head injuries and, because he was the sole breadwinner for his young family, including a disabled child, put an entire family at risk. Arnold & Itkin stood up to the defendant, aggressively pursuing them even when they tried to avoid showing up in court. Finally, the defendant agreed to pay the entirety of its insurance policy for the damage they caused.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $843,367.05.

$1.8 Million Settlement Recovered for Victim of Faulty Winch

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $778,637.07.

$1.7 Million Recovered for Injured Mechanic

Attorneys Ben Bireley and Joseph McGowin represented a mechanic who had his foot run over with a forklift while working at a trailer-assembly plant owned and operated by Load Trial. The incident resulted in our client’s foot breaking and prior back issues being aggravated. The company did not subscribe to a workers’ compensation program, meaning we could sue directly. Despite our client’s injuries, they hoped they could minimize exposure and responsibility by enforcing its arbitration agreement. They did not attempt to make any meaningful settlement offer. So we took them to trial, and after a four-day hearing, we recovered $1.7 million.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,121,468.16.

$1.75 Million Secured for Injured Oilfield Worker

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley achieved a settlement for an oilfield hand who suffered head, neck, and back injuries at an oilfield in North Texas when a pressure hose came loose from its stakes. Although the operator claimed that its company man didn’t control our client’s work, and tried to blame him for his own injuries, Noah and Ben were able to disprove these claims. Instead, they proved that it was the poor leadership, job planning, and equipment on site that led to the incident.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $879,618.63.

$1.525 Million Recovered for Injured Dive-Support Vessel Deckhand

Attorneys Noah Wexler, Ben Bireley, and Samantha Demuren recovered $1.525 million, as well as payment of medical expenses, for an offshore worker whose back was blown out while working on a dive-support vessel. The injuries were extensive, requiring not only back surgery shortly after returning to shore, but years of treatment. Despite this, our client’s employer attempted to short circuit the necessary treatment and blamed the injury on degenerative changes. We took on the case and are proud of the result we achieved.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $721,524.40.

$1.5 Million Recovery for Injured Offshore Platform Crane Operator

Our firm represented a crane operator who seriously injured his neck while lifting a compressor head, requiring a multi-level cervical fusion to treat. The incident occurred at a Louisiana offshore platform. Attorney Ben Bireley took on the case, effectively disproving the defendant’s claims that our client had no grounds to sue because he was the company’s “borrowed servant” and that the incident had been our client’s fault. The case was won by defeating the defendant’s argument and obtaining testimony from one of the defendant’s witnesses that showed the company’s liability. The resulting $1.5 million settlement has given this injured crane operator a sense of stability once again.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $550,283.35.

$1.5 Million Won for Family of Worker Fatally Struck by Equipment

Attorneys Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ben Bireley helped a family get answers and see justice served after they lost a loved one in a workplace accident. The incident involved a man who was struck in the head by a dangerous piece of equipment; the injury claimed his life. Upon taking on the case, our attorneys were able to prove that the defendants knew of the dangerous condition and failed to prevent this senseless tragedy.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $672,506.02.

$1.5 Million Recovered for Severely Burned Client

A young truck driver was seriously burned when a faulty piece of equipment ignited fumes in a nearby tank at a land-based natural gas facility. He suffered burns to his face, neck, and shoulder, requiring extensive medical treatment. He came to Arnold & Itkin for help, and Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley took on the case. The defendants tried to lay the blame for the incident on our client and his co-worker, saying they caused the explosion, but we knew it was caused by faulty equipment. Our team fought for and won a $1,500,000 settlement for our client prior to trial. The case was pending in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $723,383.75.

$1.1 Million Settlement Secured for Victim of Massive Truck Accident

Attorneys Noah Wexler, Ben Bireley, and Rebecca Adams obtained a million-dollar settlement on behalf of our client—a survivor of a multi-vehicle crash that involved an 18-wheeler. Our client suffered serious injuries to his back and neck as a result, which kept him from earning a living. The defendant (the company who employed the truck driver) attempted to avoid responsibility by blaming the other drivers in the accident and by downplaying our client's injuries—injuries that required multiple operations. We continued working right up to the trial date to hold the company accountable. At the last minute, they chose to settle with our client rather than face a jury.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $461,061.89.

$1 Million Settlement for Seaman Injured in Slip & Fall Accident

Arnold & Itkin attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley represented a seaman who was seriously injured when he slipped and fell on the engine room floor of the dredging ship where he was working. An oily, muddy substance had been left on the floor of the engine room as a result of inadequate housekeeping by the prior hitch, and our client suffered such severe injuries that he required back and shoulder surgery. The defendant tried to prove that our client had invented the incident by lining up witnesses to support their claim, but during depositions, our attorneys brought the truth to light. Our expert witness also detailed the safety violations that contributed to the slip and fall accident. The incident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, and the case was pending in the 19th Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. We secured a $1 million settlement for our client.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $515,109.64.

$975,000 Recovered for Injured Trucker

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley recovered a $975,000 settlement on behalf of a truck driver who was injured after another driver drove carelessly. This will help ensure that he has a stable future.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $421,615.98.

$895,000 Recovered for Injured Boat Captain

Arnold & Itkin took on a case for an injured tugboat captain and were able to settle just before the trial was set to begin, securing $895,000 on his behalf. Our client had injured his back while he was unloading materials from the tugboat at a shore side facility. He required extensive medical treatment, but the defendants tried to argue that he was to blame for his injuries. The defendants also claimed that his injuries were the result of a preexisting condition. Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley fought to disprove these claims and ultimately secured a life-changing settlement for our client.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $417,034.28.

$800,000 Settlement for Injured Deckhand

Arnold & Itkin represented a young deckhand who was seriously injured after he was instructed to move a heavy gangway manually. As a point of reference, an aluminum gangway may weigh about 280 pounds. Our client suffered back injuries, and we filed a case in Baton Rouge state court against his employer. Initially, the defendants tried to blame the young man for his own injuries, but we fought these claims and secured an $800,000 settlement for our client.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $397,387.27.

$750,000 Settlement Obtained for 18-Wheeler Crash Survivor

Attorneys Ben Bireley and Noah Wexler secured a $750,000 settlement for a woman who was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle while traveling on I-45 south. Despite being a rear-end accident, the driver and his employer both denied liability for the woman's damages—which were significant. Thankfully, the company changed their tune when Arnold & Itkin started demanding answers. Now our client has the money she needs to get medical care and secure her future.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $333,481.11.

$650,000 Settlement for Client Injured by Parked Semi-Truck

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley represented a man who was injured because of an accident involving an 18-wheeler that was illegally parked. The semi-truck caused a preventable accident because of its failure to follow basic safety procedures while parking on the side of a road. The accident caused our client to sustain injuries to his head, neck, back, and other parts of his body. Our team was able to gather enough evidence to encourage the company to settle before the case went to trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $309,400.40.

$550,000 Settlement Obtained for Jones Act Seaman with Injured Knee

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley recovered $550,000 for a Jones Act seaman who injured his knee in a crewboat accident. The defendants tried to dodge liability, but our investigation's findings forced them to settle with our client. He now has what he needs to repair the damage caused to him.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $286,964.54.

$550,000 for Injured Chemical Plant Worker

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley represented a chemical plant contract employee who was severely injured after a davit arm fell on him. We fought tirelessly to hold the defendants accountable for the dangerous procedure that endangered our client and were successful in reaching a favorable settlement on his behalf.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $367,080.51.

$550,000 Recovered for Hurt Young Welder

Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley represented a young welder who suffered injuries from a dropped hammer while working. Our firm took on the case, facing a defendant who refused to acknowledge the damage caused by their negligence. We fought tirelessly to ensure that our client got the results that he truly deserved.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $279,249.52.

$525,000 Recovery for Man Injured in Collision with Mooring Buoy

In a case filed in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley won a $525,000 settlement for a young man who experienced serious neck and back injuries when the vessel he was working on collided with a mooring buoy. The defendants tried to claim that the accident was our client’s fault and that his injuries were not as severe as we indicated, when our client required extensive medical treatment. We uncovered evidence that supported our client’s claim and ultimately held the defendants’ accountable, resulting in a favorable outcome.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $291,149.31.

$500,000 Settlement for Injured Man Close to Retirement

Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ben Bireley represented a man who sustained serious injuries after being rear-ended by a semi-truck. The man was close to retirement but was forced to stop working because of the severity of his injuries. Our results enabled him to receive the medical care he needed while and enabled him to continue his path to retirement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $226,935.55.

$500,000 Settlement Secured for Woman Paralyzed by Surgeon

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley have successfully resolved a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a woman who was left paralyzed by her neurosurgeon. Noah and Ben took key depositions of multiple individuals, which was followed by an offer from the insurance company to pay out the policy in full. Arnold & Itkin is honored to help the victims of medical malpractice move forward with their lives.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $277,621.65.

$485,000 Settlement Obtained for Offshore Mechanic

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley have secured $485,000 in a settlement for an injured offshore mechanic. Our client, an experienced platform employee, was injured during a swing-rope transfer to a crew ship. This settlement will provide our client with the medical and financial stability he needs to move forward.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $246,862.56.

$400,000 Settlement Obtained for Injured Seaman

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley successfully negotiated a settlement of $400,000 for a client who was injured offshore. Our client was an experienced and able-bodied seaman who was not given the tools he needed to do his job safely. As a result, he seriously injured his shoulder. Arnold & Itkin is proud to help this offshore worker get back on his feet.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $197,852.49.

$350,000 Hard-Won Settlement for Victim of Serious Injuries

Arnold & Itkin successfully represented a man who was harmed as he was stopped in traffic on his way home from work. An 18-wheeler collided into his vehicle, forcing both vehicles off the road and causing significant damage. Attorneys Noah Wexler, Ben Bireley, and Jake Balser took on the case. At first, the defendant tried to argue that there was a third, unknown vehicle that had caused the collision. The defendant also tried to claim that our client had not suffered severe injuries. We fought these claims and ultimately forced the company to pay $350,000 for the injuries and damage our client experienced.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $199,511.42.

$335,000 Settlement Secured for Forklift Driver

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley have settled an injury case for a forklift operator who was injured by a negligent trucking company. The defendant's employee pulled away while our client was still working in the truck, leading to his injuries. This settlement will make sure our client will have everything he needs while he recovers.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $213,468.68.

$225,000 Settlement Obtained for Worker Injured by Fall in Plant

Attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley secured a $250,000 settlement for a man who fell from a height while conducting turnaround operations. The defendant decided to settle with our client instead of facing him in court shortly after we started investigating the incident—namely, after we took depositions of key safety personnel. Arnold & Itkin will always stand up for workers who need help after suffering injuries in the workplace.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $127,615.99.

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