Roland Christensen is a committed trial lawyer with a deep passion for assisting injured individuals and their families. He is known for his aggressive representation of plaintiffs in courtrooms across the Gulf Coast and nationwide, including a $193 million settlement for a pipeline explosion and a $125 million settlement after a dredge worker’s death. Roland's legal practice is primarily centered on cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, where he consistently demonstrates a strong commitment to seeking justice for those affected by such tragedies.
“At Arnold & Itkin, we go the distance. Lawsuits are hard and many defendants don’t want to take accountability, especially when the facts of the case are tragic. When other attorneys may give up, we work even harder and fight for clients to obtain the best possible results.”
Roland Christensen is a dedicated litigator passionate about helping people who have experienced severe injuries and losses. He fights for plaintiffs in courtrooms across the Gulf Coast and nationwide, primarily focusing on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
Roland’s legal journey has been nothing short of remarkable. At a relatively young age, he’s achieved what many legal professionals aspire to over a lifetime. As a central figure at Arnold & Itkin, he has spearheaded some of the firm’s most challenging and significant cases. His courtroom experiences have taken him from Texas to numerous states, securing verdicts and settlements that not only shattered records but also transformed the lives of his clients.
A recent victory stands out among his many accolades: Roland triumphed in a wrongful death lawsuit, securing a staggering $209.2 million verdict after the Defendant refused to settle for more than $200,000. Despite the case’s intricacies and challenges, Roland’s relentless pursuit of justice prevailed, marking one of the country’s most substantial wrongful death verdicts.
His skill is evident in tackling intricate cases that many firms shy away from due to their daunting complexity. His dedication, rigorous work ethic, and meticulousness have led to monumental outcomes for those he represents. While at Arnold & Itkin, Roland has played an instrumental role in amassing over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. A significant portion of these are eight- and nine-figure amounts for individual plaintiffs, with Roland personally securing over 100 million-dollar outcomes.
Further exemplifying his prowess, Roland, alongside Jason Itkin, was a crucial player in the trial team that won a groundbreaking $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson. This landmark verdict is the third-largest for an individual plaintiff in the U.S. and the highest in Pennsylvania’s history.
But Roland’s contributions aren’t limited to the courtroom. He plays a pivotal role in Arnold & Itkin’s managerial and training sectors, constantly innovating and leveraging the latest technological tools to enhance their legal practices.
Roland’s unwavering commitment is crystal clear. He won’t settle for less than complete preparation and persists until his mission is accomplished. Clients nationwide rely on him, and he consistently rises to the challenge.
Roland graduated magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, standing proudly among the top 20 of his peers. Before joining Arnold & Itkin, he honed his skills at some of Houston’s most prestigious firms and interned under the esteemed Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal.
Though based in Houston, Texas, Roland’s practice spans the length and breadth of the U.S., with licenses in Texas, Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Roland’s diverse upbringing took him across the country and overseas. Outside the legal arena, he cherishes time with his family and volunteers at his local church.