Michael Darling


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. 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. Michael aggressively negotiates for clients and, if the other side isn't being fair, he's always ready to make them answer in court.

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

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Michael Darling's Case Results

$4.6 Million Settlement for Injured Seaman

Attorney Michael Darling of Arnold & Itkin represented a seaman who was seriously injured while working on an offshore vessel. In addition to being mistreated and called racial slurs, our client alleged that he was forced to clean the deck with dish soap, which caused him to fall and sustain a head injury. He also alleged that he was told to light a grill on the ship using an unmarked container, which blew up and burned his chest, face, and lips. Our client had to undergo surgery on his lips and his neck as a result of his injuries. Despite the defense’s attempts to downplay our client’s injuries and witnesses who claimed our client had not been mistreated, Arnold & Itkin persevered. We secured a $4.6 million settlement just days before the trial was set to begin.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,944,054.62.

$2.3 Million Car Accident Settlement

Attorneys Cory Itkin and Michael Darling of Arnold & Itkin represented a woman who experienced traumatic injuries in a car accident that left her in need of neck and back surgery. Our team overcame the other driver’s claims that he was not to blame and disproved his lawyers’ claims that our client was exaggerating her injuries. After filing suit in Webb County, Texas, our firm fought for a settlement that would fairly compensate our client for what she endured.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,002,314.74.

$1.75 Million Won for Truck Driver Injured in Accident

Attorneys Michael Darling and Joseph McGowan fought for justice for a truck driver who was severely injured when another trucker side-swiped his semi. Although the defense claimed that the damage was minimal and that our client had pre-existing arthritis, our client needed to have neck surgery as well as shoulder surgery to tend to his injuries. Our truck accident attorneys ultimately beat back the defense and achieved a settlement that will help take care of our client as he recovers.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $843,971.00.

$1.75 Million Won for Truck Driver Injured During Delivery

Attorneys Michael Darling and Cory Itkin represented a truck driver who experienced a life-changing injury while making a delivery at a port. As our client was talking to check in with the facility, he was hit and knocked over by a forklift. His injuries required surgery. Our firm overcame the defendant’s attempts to avoid liability and secured a $1.75 million settlement on our client’s behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $677,471.86.

$1.5 Million Settlement for Trucker Rear-Ended by Another Truck Driver

Our firm represented a trucker who was seriously injured when another truck driver rear-ended his vehicle. Our client was parked on the side of the highway when the other driver struck his vehicle from behind. Attorney Michael Darling successfully overcame arguments concerning our client’s age and preexisting medical conditions, securing a settlement of $1.5 million to ensure he can get the care and support he needs.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $693,795.98.

$1.5 Million Truck Accident Settlement

Attorney Michael Darling helped an injured worker who was driving a small coupe on I-35 in San Antonio when she was sideswiped by a large commercial truck. Our client required neck surgery as a result of her injuries, but she continued working through the entire duration of her case. The defense tried to blame the accident on our client and also claimed that she had preexisting injuries, but we overcame these arguments and achieved a result that would give her the means to move on with her life.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $666,840.94.

$1.5 Million Settlement for Oil Rig Worker

Attorney Michael Darling represented a client who was injured on a land rig when a drill pipe hit him in the head. This was a complex case involving arbitration proceedings with our client’s employer, where we had to comply with New Mexico law and prove that the incident was “substantially certain to occur.” In addition to winning a $1.5 million settlement, Michael Darling secured a $1.5 million workers’ compensation lien waiver for all time for our client. This case was pending under the American Arbitration Association and settled days before trial was set to begin.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $736,057.01.

$1 Million Won for Worker Injured at Railroad Crossing

Attorney Michael Darling achieved a $1 million verdict for a worker who suffered shoulder, back, neck, and head injuries when a semi struck the piece of railroad equipment he was working in while performing maintenance. The railroad crossing had insufficient signaling and no crossing arms, which the railroad tried to claim was enough. The trucking company joined the railroad in arguing that our client was actually injured in the Marines, not in the collision. Arnold & Itkin fought back to get our client the compensation he deserves to get his life back on track.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $546,805.35.

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