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Ryan MacLeod


Ryan MacLeod's Headshot
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Ryan’s reputation as a trial lawyer has been earned 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 and an honor that has seen Ryan consistently try cases that result in multi-million dollar verdicts. 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 obtaining 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 tried numerous trials to verdict aggressively, and with an unyielding passion for doing what was right and holding people accountable for their wrongful actions.

Ryan’s extensive trial experience is best demonstrated by Ryan’s trying more than 50 jury trials to verdict. Those jury trials have earned Ryan the reputation of a trial lawyer who consistently obtains favorable results. Ryan’s reputation both in the courtroom and during negotiations speaks for itself.

During the last few years, Ryan has helped to obtain more than 100 settlements and verdicts of greater than $1 million. During the last two years, he has settled cases for more than $100 million for his clients. His hard work has resulted in unprecedented settlements including a $97 million for refinery workers injured in a fire, $72 million for a single worker who suffered catastrophic injuries while working for his employer, $25.5 million for a single worker involved in a fall from a cellular tower, and many multi-million dollar settlements for clients who were injured in offshore and oilfield disasters, as well as clients who needed him to hold trucking companies accountable. Whether it’s handling complicated product liability cases, trucking collisions, offshore disasters, defective pharmaceutical drug litigation, or the many other areas that Ryan has tackled, Ryan has a proven track record of obtaining exceptional value for his cases.

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

As a result of his track record in the courtroom, Ryan was recently honored by local organizations through his peers’ identification of him as a top trial attorney in Houston and he has consistently been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers. Ryan is also a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum as a result of securing multi-million dollar verdicts through trial. Ryan is also a proud member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. In 2020, he 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, and the couple has 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.

Our Clients Are More Than Cases

Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

  • “What I feel is that he never considered me as a number, never looked at me as a number. He looked at me as a person, as an individual who needs help, who needs guidance.” - Mildred Solar Cortes
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  • “You can tell they care, you know, the way they handle you, the way they talk to you, things they are concerned about: your family, your needs. It was awesome.” - Shawn Thomas
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  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked.” - Terry Yount
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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. Just knowing that they were going to do everything that they could to make sure that they find out the truth, to make sure we were taken care of for life.” - Tinisha Thomas
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  • “The people at Arnold & Itkin are great because anytime that I called or needed anything, it wasn’t a hesitation. Whatever I needed, they gave it to me, they made sure I had it. Just one call, and they were there to do it.” - Desmond Calloway
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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.” - Christopher Devall
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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.” - Veronica Sowell
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Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $97Million 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.
  • $87Million 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.
  • $72Million 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 week before trial. We are thrilled that our client will receive the medical care and future security he deserves.
  • $25.5Million 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.
  • $12Million 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 around-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks. The defendants argued that the stroke was his fault—but Cory Itkin was able to counter their arguments enough to compel them to settle. Our client has received everything he needs for a stable future.
  • $9.25Million 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.
  • $4Million 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.
  • $2.60Million 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.
  • $2.59Million 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.
  • $2.5Million 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 surgery. Our firm was able to find evidence that the accident was the fault of the other workers, helping our client get the resources he needed to move forward.
  • $2.15Million Arnold & Itkin Obtain Huge Settlement for a Man Who Sustained Serious Back Injuries In a recent case, Arnold & Itkin obtained a massive settlement for a man who was injured while fleeing from a burning building. Find out more about the story here.
  • $2.1Million Settlement Reached for Man Injured While Working in Oil & Gas Industry Our firm represented an oil and gas worker who had been injured while on the job. Despite the defendants’ attempt to blame our client and other parties, we were able to reach a $2.1 million settlement.
  • $2Million Arnold & Itkin Obtains Settlement for Injured Refinery Worker After being told that his wounds were “not serious,” Arnold & Itkin secured $2 million for an injured refinery worker.
  • $2Million Settlement Achieved for Orthopedic Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin was able to obtain a huge settlement for a worker who was injured while working at a refinery and subsequently mistreated by his employer.
  • $2Million Settlement for Grieving Family of Highway Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP settled a motor vehicle accident claim for $2 million on behalf of the victim’s family.
  • $1.9Million Successful Jones Act Claim for Improper Equipment & Training In a Jones Act lawsuit filed in Harris County, our attorneys won a settlement of over $1.9 million for a seaman who was injured because his employer failed to provide proper training and equipment—in spite of the company’s claims that the seaman should have known the risk he faced.
  • $1.9Million Settlement for Injured Dock Worker Arnold & Itkin LLP secured $1.9 million for a dock worker who injured his back while tying up a barge. His settlement will provide for the cost of surgery and other losses he incurred as a result.
  • $1.78Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Crane Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin secured a seven-figure settlement for the grieving family of a longshoreman killed in a crane accident. Despite numerous legal obstacles, our firm ensured long-term care for the worker's family.
  • Confidential Massive Settlement Obtained for Chemical Plant Worker Arnold & Itkin obtained a massive settlement for a man who suffered serious injuries while at a chemical plant. In the aftermath, he sustained back injuries, as well as PTSD.
  • $1.5Million Massive Verdict Achieved for Victim of Wrongful Death Attorneys Cory Itkin and Ryan MacLeod represented the family of a man who died of heart problems while working in a warehouse with no air conditioning. Arnold & Itkin overcame incredible legal obstacles to obtain a verdict of $1.5 million, over ten times larger than the settlement offer originally given to our client.
  • $1.5Million Settlement Recovered for Barge Collision Victim Arnold & Itkin represented a dock operator who had been seriously hurt after a barge collided with the dock. We ultimately beat back the tugboat company’s claims and reached a $1,500,000 settlement.
  • $1.5Million Settlement for Jones Act Seaman Arnold & Itkin LLP secured $1.5 million under the Jones Act for a roustabout working on an offshore drilling rig. His settlement will go towards covering the cost of his surgery and other care.
  • $1.4Million Successful Jones Act Claim for Injured Tankerman Arnold & Itkin successfully represented an injured tankerman who required neck surgery after an accident on a barge, even after his employer claimed he had a preexisting condition and that the incident was his fault. We secured $1.4 million for our client.
  • $1.4Million Settlement for South Carolina Seaman Injured in Container Ship Accident Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a $1.4 million settlement for a seaman who was injured when his bunk bed railing broke, causing a severe neck injury. We disproved his employer’s claims of a preexisting condition and our client’s fault for the incident itself.
  • $1.3Million Settlement for Client Injured in Car Accident Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.3 million settlement for a client who was left permanently disabled after a traffic accident. The case was resolved before trial began.
  • $1Million Policy Limits Settlement for Electrocuted Plant Worker Arnold & Itkin represented a plant worker who was electrocuted and suffered serious orthopedic injuries while performing his job duties. Our attorneys secured a full policy limits settlement after just one deposition.
  • $900Thousand Fair Settlement Achieved for Injured Houston, TX Worker Our firm fought for and secured a $900k settlement for a man who was seriously injured when a crane malfunctioned. The defendants tried to deny liability, Arnold & Itkin’s team pushed on—and won.
  • $775Thousand Life-Changing Recovery for Victim of Dirt Bike Accident Our firm represented a man who was catastrophically injured in a dirt bike accident when a significant drop in the track caused him to fall a significant distance. We recovered $775,000 on his behalf.
  • $675Thousand $675,000 Obtained for Injured Deckhand Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ryan MacLeod represented a deckhand who suffered severe injuries to his back and neck.
  • $662Thousand Pretrial Settlement for Permanently Disabled Client Arnold & Itkin recovered a $662k settlement for a client who was left permanently disabled after a serious highway accident. We were able to reach a favorable result before the case went to trial.
  • $600Thousand Settlement for Injured Driver Arnold & Itkin LLP settled a case for a massive six-figure sum for a man who was hit by a work truck. His settlement will help him pay for medical care for his injured spine.
  • $575Thousand Settlement for Survivor of Semi-Truck Accident Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a settlement worth more than half a million dollars for a passenger who was injured when a large truck slid on the ice and struck the vehicle he was in.
  • $575Thousand Settlement for Injured Driver Arnold & Itkin LLP settled a case for more than half a million dollars for a driver who was struck by an 18-wheeler that lost control due to ice on the road.
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