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RunZhi Lai


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Attorney RunZhi Lai fell in love with the law while pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology at Texas A&M. Through his careers in biotechnology, corporate litigation, and now advocating for the injured, he has always pursued excellence in his work. Today, excellence means fighting for people who have been harmed by negligence.

“I understand how devastating it can be when tragic events occur, and what it takes to rebuild a life from the ground up. I am committed to vigorously advocating for my clients so they can focus on rebuilding their lives.”



RunZhi was born in a small town in southern China and left home at 17 to attend college hundreds of miles away in Wuhan. Following college, RunZhi came to Texas to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology at Texas A&M. In pursuing the American dream, RunZhi has always given 100 percent, no matter how difficult the task.

It was in Texas that RunZhi experienced firsthand how complex and impactful the law can be in one’s life, and he was inspired to pursue a legal career. RunZhi attended The University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Clyde A. Dewitt Law Scholarship. While in law school, RunZhi was successful in moot court competitions. He also served as a student attorney in the environmental law clinic, where he gained valuable litigation experience and a passion for fighting for victims. He also worked as a summer associate at one of the largest law firms in Texas.

After obtaining his law degree, RunZhi worked in biotechnology for almost a decade and co-authored several research articles and book chapters. As an attorney, RunZhi worked at a Michigan law firm for two years helping both individuals and corporations protect intangible assets, vigorously defending their rights against infringement.

RunZhi is thrilled to join Arnold & Itkin and bring his experience and dedication to serving clients who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

Outside of work, RunZhi enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping with his wife in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, as well as tinkering with cars and motorcycles. RunZhi is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker

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