Attorney Michael Darling
Attorney Michael Darling was born and raised in Texas. He spent the early years of his life in the southern and central sections of the state. Michael became acquainted with dramatic debates at an early age—his father, a trial lawyer, would stage them regularly around the dinner table. Using the foundations instilled in him during his childhood, Michael pursued an undergraduate degree in English Writing and Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. Here, he joined Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. During his time at St Edward’s, Michael played as the top drummer in the school’s jazz band.
Knowing how important the jury system is for the justice of the average citizen, Michael obtained his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. There, he competed on two traveling mock trial teams and was inducted into the Order of Barristers because of his trial-advocacy work. Michael graduated from law school with honors.
Michael bolstered his legal education by interning for the Honorable Marina Garcia Marmolejo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He also contributed to two journals: The Texas International Law Journal and The Review of Litigation. Michael served as the Director of Development for the first and the Articles Editor for the latter. Additionally, Michael served as a research assistant to Professor Jane Cohen. During this time, he analyzed litigation over PFAS water contamination and how the United States and the European Union regulate chemicals differently. Finally, Michael published three notes, including one that appeared in the Texas Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Attorney Darling worked for a global corporate law firm that represented Fortune 500 companies during complex commercial trials. During that time, he found out how large corporations view litigation and witnessed the resources they use to try and gain an advantage during negotiations and in the courtroom. Michael saw that challenging large companies in the courtroom is the only way to get them to listen. Now, he’s thrilled to be part of Arnold & Itkin. Working at one of the nation’s top plaintiff’s personal injury law firm gives Michael the opportunity to fight for the justice that clients deserve, even if they’re facing some of the largest companies in the world.
When Michael isn’t fighting for clients or keeping up with the news, he’s listening to records, practicing yoga, hiking, and watching nature documentaries.
- St. Edward’s University
- The University of Texas School of Law
- State Bar of Texas