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McLeod, Ryan A.
Partner, Litigation
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fax 212.403.2175

Education

  • Ursinus College, B.A. 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. 2007, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (Staff Writer and Chief Executive Editor, Duke Law & Technology Review and Staff Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems)

Clerkships

  • Honorable William B. Chandler III, Delaware Court of Chancery, 2007 - 2008

Ryan A. McLeod is a Partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's Litigation Department. His practice focuses on representing corporations and directors in litigation involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, corporate governance disputes, and class and derivative actions involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. Ryan is also Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and a Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law, where he teaches seminars on corporate litigation, and he is admitted to practice in New York and Delaware.

Ryan has significant experience litigating corporate matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Supreme Court, and other courts around the country. Representative actions include the landmark defense victory in Corwin v. KKR Financial, the successful defense of Sothebys’ stockholder rights plan against an activist investor attack in Third Point LLC v. Ruprecht, and the validation of exclusive forum bylaws in Boilermakers Local 154 Ret. Fund v. Chevron.

Ryan received his B.A. in Latin and English summa cum laude from Ursinus College in 2004, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Duke University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was awarded the Faculty Prize for Achievement in Business Law and Finance. Upon graduation from law school, Ryan clerked for the Honorable William B. Chandler III, the former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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