Ryan began practicing law in Detroit, Michigan, as an associate and then senior principal with the Miller, Canfield law firm. His practice included general corporate law and corporate finance, but principally focused upon counseling Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients in the areas of commercial and product litigation, mass tort and pattern litigation management, and litigation avoidance. He left there to assume the position of Assistant General Counsel for Owens-Illinois Corporation, managing global litigation as well as ethics and compliance for the world's largest glass container manufacturer. After retiring from Owens-Illinois, Ryan joined RCO Law to offer his perspectives on problem solving and problem avoidance to other corporate entities facing legal and ethical issues and a sea of avaricious competitors.

  • Practice Areas  

  • Education  

    University of Michigan College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1979

    University of Michigan, B.A., 1969

  • Bar Admissions  

    Ohio, Michigan

    Admitted to practice before United States District Courts in a variety of states, several United States Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Community Involvement  

    Co-chair and Co-founder of Rainbow Crossing, a grass-roots group dedicated to civil rights equality and producing change in the United Methodist Church.

    Former Board member and General Counsel to Inclusive Justice, a Michigan faith-based initiative which advocates for equal rights for all persons.

  • Professional Associations  

    Michigan, American Bar Associations, Member

Representative Clients

  • OEM and Tier 1 Automobile Manufacturers
  • Fortune 500 companies engaged in steel, brass, glass manufacturing
  • Big 10 Universities
  • U.S. and European chemical and pharma manufacturers

Contact Ryan

Office Toledo, Ohio  Email rhaywood@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6953
Assistant Kathy Weaver  Email kweaver@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6474
  • Get to know Ryan 

    When I’m not lawyering, I can usually be found outside somewhere, traveling with my wife and two sons, photographing wildlife, hiking, or trying to outfox wild and wily trout or bonefish - creatures with brains approximately the size of a pea, but who all too often manage to outfox me.


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