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Ryan MacLeod


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Ryan has earned a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer through the more than 50 jury trials that he has tried. During each trial, Ryan is reminded of exactly why he chose the legal profession: to continuously seek justice for those who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of others.
“I am driven by the fact that the delay of justice is injustice itself. I am proud to take on the largest companies in the world to seek justice for my clients with tireless preparation and unyielding passion.”



For Ryan, being a trial lawyer is not a job; it’s a blessing, an honor, and a way to change lives for the better. Ryan has consistently worked on cases that result in multi-million dollar verdicts thanks to his dedication to getting the best results for clients.

As a lifelong resident of Texas, born in Lubbock and raised in Houston, he possesses a strong sense of small-town values coupled with big-city experience. After completing his undergraduate education at Baylor University and getting his law degree from South Texas College of Law, Ryan quickly established his reputation as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Texas. During his time as a prosecutor, Ryan aggressively tried numerous trials to verdict. His success came because of his unyielding passion for doing what was right and holding people accountable for their wrongful actions. He uses this same drive to fight for the results that his clients need today.

While some attorneys rarely see the inside of a courtroom, Ryan made himself at home in them. He’s worked on more than 50 jury trials until they reached verdict. As a result, he earned a reputation as a lawyer who doesn’t settle and is willing to fight for the best results. While he’s a skilled negotiator, he’s never willing to back down if the other side isn’t fair.

Over the last few years, Ryan has helped obtain more than 100 settlements and verdicts greater than $1 million. Recently, he has settled cases amounting to more than $100 million for his clients. His hard work has made a significant difference for injured clients. Ryan secured an unprecedented $97 million for refinery workers injured during a fire. He also recovered $72 million for a single worker who suffered from catastrophic injuries while on the job and $25.5 million for a single worker involved in a fall from a cellular tower. Ryan’s many multi-million dollar settlements have helped regular people facing significant hardships. From oilfield disasters to trucking accidents, Ryan has been the advocate that clients deserve for a better future. Whether it’s handling complicated product liability cases, trucking collisions, offshore disasters, or defective pharmaceutical drug litigation, Ryan has a proven track record of overcoming challenges in the name of justice.

Ryan’s success is recognized by his peers and opponents. Following a two-week jury trial that ended in a favorable settlement before verdict, the opposing counsel emailed Ryan stating, “you were a very worthy adversary.” Ryan is also frequently referred new clients by defense attorneys who opposed him in trials and cases resolved through settlement. Other lawyers have consistently asked him to try their cases. During the last year, Ryan proudly secured multi-million dollar verdicts for families who desperately needed justice.

Thanks to his fierce reputation in the courtroom, Ryan was recently honored by local organizations through his peers’ identification of him as a top trial attorney in Houston. He has consistently been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers, is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is also a proud member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. His dedication to helping clients was recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers®.

Because of his ability to obtain incredible results across the country, Ryan has been featured on major media outlets including CNN, NBC, ABC, Houston Chronicle, Texas Monthly, Austin Statesman, and all the major local news television stations in the Houston area.

Ryan is married to his wife, Lindsey. Together, they have two children, Layne and Jack. Ryan is an active member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Houston and is involved in various other organizations around Houston.

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Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

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  • “They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
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  • “They told me they were pretty much going to handle everything, I wasn’t going to have to worry about anything—which they held up to that.”
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  • “Whatever I needed, they gave it to me, they made sure I had it. Just one call and they were there to do it.”
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  • “This firm has impacted every aspect of my life, past, present, future. They pulled off some miracles. They stood up for me when nobody else would.”
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  • “I felt like family because they were there to listen and hear—not just brush you off because 'you're just a client.' They let me know when I met them that everything was going to be all right.”
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Case Results

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  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $87 Million Confidential Settlement for Worker Who Suffered Life-Threatening Burn Injuries Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a man who was caught in life-threatening flames while performing his work duties. Find out how our firm secured the rest of his financial future.
  • $72 Million Record Victory for Severely Injured Worker Arnold & Itkin has achieved a record settlement for a worker who was injured in a severe oilfield accident less than 2 years after the incident. His accident was a result of negligence from multiple parties--all of whom settled with our client only a ...
  • $25.5 Million Victory for a Young Worker & His Family Arnold & Itkin recovered an eight-figure result for a young man who was injured by a defective product. We worked tirelessly to prove that the defendant knew their product was dangerous but did nothing.
  • $12 Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly ...
  • $9.25 Million Settlement Obtained for Fire Victim Attorneys from the Arnold & Itkin legal team represented a family that lost a loved one in a fire. We helped recover $9.25 million on their behalf.
  • $4 Million Settlement Earned for Client After Highway Accident Arnold & Itkin LLP settled a case for a seven-figure result for a client who was injured in a traffic accident. The settlement will help our client move forward despite his permanent injuries.
  • $2.60 Million Settlement for Jones Act Seaman Working Abroad Arnold & Itkin helped obtain $2.595 million on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who had been severely injured while working off the coast of Brazil.
  • $2.59 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Seaman from Rome, GA While attempting to catch a falling drawer, our client suffered back injuries severe enough to warrant two separate surgeries. We took on the case and ultimately reached a settlement of $2.95 million.
  • $2.5 Million Settlement Secured for Jones Act Seaman Injured in Pipe Transfer Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a seven-figure settlement for an offshore worker who was left severely injured when his co-workers left the site before the job was done. He sought medical treatment from multiple specialists and eventually required ...
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