Trent Shelton


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Trent Shelton, who became part of the Arnold & Itkin team in 2020, quickly proved himself to be a dynamic force in the legal field. Immediately after passing the Texas bar, he was in the courtroom, advocating fervently for clients who had suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. Remarkably, within just three days of his first trial, the defendants opted to settle the case at the policy limits of $1 million. Since then, Trent has successfully taken numerous cases to juries nationwide, achieving a series of significant verdicts and settlements for his clients.

"Once you hire Arnold & Itkin, your case becomes personal to us. We will NOT be outworked, outthought, or out prepared."


Trent's achievements in his burgeoning legal career are remarkable. Few attorneys of his age can boast a comparable record of trial experience. Within just three years of practicing law, Trent has secured over $80 million in verdicts and settlements as the lead counsel. Notably, in 2023, he achieved a $33 million verdict in a burn injury case, where the defendants had initially proposed only minimal settlements. Additionally, he secured a $1.9 million verdict in a complex multi-defendant bus accident case and settled other cases for amounts of $9 million, $5.2 million, and $3.5 million in the same year.

In 2022, Trent's relentless efforts in conducting 30 depositions led to a $9.5 million settlement for an injured oil field worker in West Texas. That year, he also tackled a case against a global corporation for distributing a defective baby product, resulting in tragic consequences. Despite facing numerous motions in federal court, he obtained a significant settlement for a family who lost their 5-month-old daughter due to the faulty product.

These extraordinary results have earned Trent widespread recognition and accolades, including being named on the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list for both 2023 and 2024.

Trent grew up in Hughes Spring, Texas. He studied business at Oral Roberts University. He also played baseball, which taught him some of his life lessons. His time as a college athlete found him competing in two NCAA Division I Arkansas and TCU regional tournaments.

After he obtained his business degree with honors, Trent continued his education at Baylor Law School. As he studied law, Trent participated on Baylor’s national moot court team, was an associate editor for the Baylor Law Review, and was a member of the Order of the Barristers. He also earned top grades in numerous courses, most notably in Texas Administrative Law and Practice Court III, a course in Baylor’s respected Practice Court program. Trent graduated from law school magna cum laude in the top 8% of his class.

Trent joined Arnold & Itkin in 2020 and wasted no time getting to work. One of Trent’s focuses is maritime law, where he helps injured offshore workers recover from preventable accidents. When regular people face massive companies, Trent is always ready to fight for them no matter how difficult their situation is. He knows his results can change lives, so he relentlessly pursues defendants for what his clients rightfully deserve.

Trent does not limit his practice to Texas and Louisiana. He regularly appears in state and federal courtrooms across the United States, protecting his clients’ rights and interests.

When Trent isn’t advocating for clients, he spends time with his fiancé Tanner. He also loves to spend time outdoors and avidly follows the Texas Longhorns.

Trent's Case Results

  • $33.5 Million Verdict for Burned Would-Be NBA Star Read More
  • $9.5 Million Settlement Recovered for an Injured Oilfield Worker Read More
  • $9 Million Settlement Reached for Family of Man Killed at Nightclub Read More
  • $3.14 Million Settlement Reached Following Spud Barge Accident Read More
  • $2.5 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Wireline Operator Read More
  • $2 Million Settlement for Senior Toolpusher Injured Offshore Read More
  • $2 Million Settlement Reached for Oil Worker Injured Using Hands-Free Device Read More
  • $2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Related to Defective Product Read More
  • $1.45 Million Settlement Reached for Worker Crushed Against Roller Machine Read More
  • $1.35 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Longshoreman Read More
  • $1.3 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Grocery Store Worker Read More
  • $1.25 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Railroad Worker Read More
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