When something bad happens, people need advocates like Michael Darling to get the money they need to rebuild their lives. Michael is a lawyer with a deep and abiding love for the law, but like any true litigator, he lives for the fight. When it comes to getting justice for his clients, he refuses to be outworked. As a result, he's been able to hold behemoth corporations accountable for their unsafe and uncaring practices, forcing negligent companies to change in order to make his clients' lives and communities safer.
Michael grew up the son of a trial lawyer, so dinnertime became the stage for dramatic debates every evening. Debate and discussions about the law punctuated his childhood in south and central Texas. In college, he pursued a bachelor's degree in English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward's University in Austin and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, the highest possible academic honor anyone can achieve. On top of his academic achievements, he was also the top drummer in the school's jazz band.
He followed in his father's calling and obtained a law degree at the University of Texas School of Law at the top of his class. In law school, Michael competed on two mock trial teams, eventually achieving induction into the Order of barristers. He interned for the Honorable Marina Garcia Marmolejo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In addition to his trial advocacy training, he also contributed to the Texas International Law Journal as Director of Development and The Review of Litigation as Articles Editor.
On top of his academic workload, Michael analyzed litigation of PFAS water contamination and the regulatory differences between the US and the European Union for Professor Jane Cohen as a Research Assistant. In this capacity, he published three Notes, one of which was published by the Texas Law Review.
Once he graduated, Michael joined a global corporate law firm and represented Fortune 500 companies in commercial litigation. The experience educated him about the lengths to which large companies will go to stack litigation in their favor. He also learned that regularly challenging corporations in court is what gets them to listen and potentially change their practices.
Michael's father instilled in him a deep respect for the jury system and how it provides regular individuals with the power to hold large entities accountable. It's not a surprise, then, that Michael eventually steered his career toward representing plaintiffs. He was thrilled to join the nation's top plaintiffs' trial law firm, Arnold & Itkin LLP. Michael proudly serves alongside leaders in the field, relentlessly advocating for injured or grieving people.
When he's not working on cases or reading about legal adversaries in the media, Michael enjoys listening to records, practicing yoga, hiking, or watching nature documentaries.
- St. Edward’s University
- The University of Texas School of Law
- State Bar of Texas
When he’s not working on cases or reading about legal adversaries in the media, Michael enjoys listening to records, practicing yoga, hiking, or watching nature documentaries.