“I dive into the circumstances of every OSHA matter that crosses my desk to get the best results for my client. I feel good about that.”
— Ian McNeill
Ian McNeill specializes in representing clients in OSHA defense cases and working with experts to design custom, worksite-specific OSHA compliance and training programs. Ian is detail-oriented, strategic, tenacious, and willing to simply outwork the other side. He leaves no stone unturned and pursues every avenue on behalf of his clients. Ian also represents clients in all types of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, construction defects, business disputes, and fraud cases.
In 2020, Ian completed his OSHA 30-Hour Outreach Training for General Industry, complementing his broad experience as both an OSHA defense attorney and business litigator.
Ian began his legal career in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he tried a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases. As a result of his time as a prosecutor, he is fearless walking into a courtroom. After his tenure as a prosecutor, Ian turned to private practice, where he represented clients both in the prosecution and defense of a broad spectrum of cases. Ian utilizes his prosecutorial and civil litigation experience to evaluate each case with a unique perspective and advise his clients accordingly.
Although a native Houstonian, Ian is Scottish at heart and enjoys playing the bagpipes. At home, he is constantly in search of wall space because of his other hobby, outdoor photography. Last, but certainly not least, Ian and his wife have a son and a daughter who are just the right combination of love and mischief.
Primary Focus & Experience
- OSHA Compliance and Defense
- Business Litigation
- Breach of Contract
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Construction Litigation
- Construction Arbitration
- Construction Defect
- Construction Delays
Recent Significant Engagements
- Successfully defended construction company in a double-fatality OSHA case. Out of six citation items, half were withdrawn and the other half were reduced in classification.
- Reached favorable settlement in OSHA case involving a cave-in fatality by reducing total proposed penalty by more than 70 percent.
- Successfully settled an OSHA matter involving a serious explosion at a scrap metal yard by demonstrating injured worker’s status as an independent contractor.
- Negotiated favorable settlement in OSHA matter involving multiple violations concerning a large excavation at a worksite.
- Reduced classification and penalty amounts in OSHA case involving allegations of not having a written respiratory protection program.
- Represented a commercial construction general contractor in an OSHA investigation.
- Successfully mediated a settlement for a concrete manufacturer in a construction delay arbitration case.
- Delivered successful settlement for small business owner in a transaction dispute.
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- J.D., South Texas College of Law
- B.A., Political Science, Trinity University