Ryan A. McLeod


  • Ursinus College, B.A. 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Duke University Law School, 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)


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

Ryan A. McLeod

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 guest lectures on corporate litigation and governance at schools throughout the country, 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 successful prosecution of Twitter’s litigation to compel enforcement of its merger agreement with Elon Musk; the landmark defense victory in Corwin v. KKR Financial; a doctrine-defining win in United Food & Commercial Workers Union v. Zuckerberg; the successful defense of Sotheby’s 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 has been named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation, called a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal, was recognized by Bloomberg Law in the inaugural edition of They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40, designated by Legal500 as a “next generation” leading lawyer in M&A Litigation Defense, and recognized as a leading securities litigator by Chambers USA.

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. Ryan maintains an active LGBT-related pro bono practice, is a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and is the co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee.

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