Ryan MacLeod


Attorney Ryan MacLeod

Ryan MacLeod has lived in the state of Texas his entire life. Originally from the town of Lubbock, Ryan was raised in Houston. His understanding of and belief in small, hometown principles is paired with the experience and savvy of being raised in a big city. Ryan has a passion for justice and for protecting the rights of his clients.

Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Baylor University before going on to pursue his J.R. at South Texas College of Law. His career took off quickly as he was given the privilege of serving as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Texas. This work as a prosecutor gave Ryan unique insight into the criminal justice system. Ryan was able to try multiple criminal trials to verdict, including cases involving both misdemeanor and felony charges. He received praise from his peers in the legal field and from judges for his obvious passion, commitment to integrity, and aggressive approach to the law.

Ryan went on to work in the litigation section of a recognized national law firm. He represented plaintiffs and defenses in a broad range of civil litigation cases in this capacity. His track record quickly led to recognition within the community: He was named a 2015 Top Commercial Litigator by Houstonia magazine and recognized as a The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.

After joining Arnold & Itkin, Ryan continues to work hard to promote his clients’ rights and interests. His approach to client advocacy is passionate and tireless, as he continues to stand up for the rights of those who sustained injuries due to the negligence or misconduct of others.

Ryan is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, as well as:

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Ryan lives in the Houston area with his wife Lindsey and their two children, Layne and Jack. He remains active in his community as a member of the Houston Food Bank’s Young Professionals Board as well as his church as a member of the St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.


  • Baylor University, B.A.
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court,
    Western District of Texas


  • Top Lawyers - Houstonia Magazine (2015)
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40

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Ryan MacLeod's Case Results

$72 Million Recovery Obtained for Injured Oilfield Worker

Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Kurt Arnold were able to win a massive $72 million victory for our client after less than 2 years of preparation and investigation. Our client, a former oilfield worker, lost his arm and suffered other life-changing injuries in an accident caused by negligence. The companies responsible chose to settle with our client a week before trial was set to begin—giving him the financial security and access to medical care he needs. The settlement is potentially a record-setting size, which has compelled the companies involved to change their policies and ensure this never happens to another worker.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $29,340,369.87.

$12 Million Settlement Achieved for Crushed Truck Driver

Attorney Cory Itkin aggressively pursued justice for our client, who was left severely and permanently injured as a result of an accident on the job. Our client was a truck driver and was unloading his cargo when he suffered a stroke. As a result, the cargo he was unloading fell on him, injuring him further. The defendants attempted to blame his injuries on being overweight or on unloading the cargo improperly, but Cory quickly rebutted their arguments. Our thorough trial preparation pressured them into settling with our client for $12 million—a massive sum that will go toward the constant care he now requires for basic daily tasks.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $5,102,160.96.

$9.25 Million Recovered for Fire Victim’s Family

After a tragic fire that took the life of an individual, a family hired Attorneys Jason Itkin & Noah Wexler from Arnold & Itkin. This was the right decision because the firm obtained a major recovery on the client’s behalf, despite the defendants raising legal and factual defenses. The case closed when the defendants offered compensation on the eve of trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $0.00.

$2.595 Million Recovered in Settlement for Jones Act Seaman

While working offshore near Brazil’s coast, our client was ordered to perform a strenuous task without adequate help. In following these orders, he sustained serious spinal cord injuries that left him unable to continue working in the offshore industry and required that he pay for extensive medical treatment, including surgery. Attorneys Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ryan MacLeod obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for this offshore worker to ensure he receives the medical care he needs and can plan for the future.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,106,225.30.

$1,500,000 Verdict Obtained for Family in Wrongful Death Case

Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family who had lost a loved one when he collapsed from a cardiac arrhythmia at the UPS warehouse where he was working that summer. The warehouse was not air conditioned. UPS argued that its warehouses rarely are. They further argued that the young man had needed his pacemaker since infancy and was well aware of the working conditions, having worked at that warehouse for the last six years. UPS had previously offered the family a $150,000 settlement before the case went to trial in Harris County, Texas. It takes a unanimous verdict to find a defendant guilty of gross negligence, which goes beyond ordinary negligence. Attorneys Cory Itkin and Ryan MacLeod secured this unanimous verdict to hold UPS accountable for its dangerous working conditions and to recover $1.5 million in compensation for the family.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $0.00.

$675,000 Recovered for Injured Deckhand

Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Ryan MacLeod represented a deckhand who was injured after being directed to check a hatch. The hatch that he had opened was under pressure, which threw our client back and to the deck. He suffered severe injuries to his back and neck as a result that required extensive medical treatment. The defendants contested their liability, blaming our client for opening the wrong hatch. Despite these allegations, our attorneys were able to negotiate a fair settlement of $675,000. The case was pending in Harris County District Court.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $332,742.00.

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