Ryan Leichsenring, a member of the firm's Tax Group, represents clients in connection with a broad range of domestic and international tax matters.
Ryan's practice has a particular emphasis on multistate taxation issues, tax planning, enforcement and collection defense, and other federal and state tax controversies for both individuals and businesses. He represents clients before taxing agencies in audits and administrative litigation at the federal, state, and local tax levels. His representation of clients before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services extends from informal discussions through, where necessary, the Tax and Administrative Appeals Session of the Connecticut Superior Court.
Ryan has significant experience with federal and state tax laws that apply to tax-exempt organizations. He has counseled a variety of exempt organizations, both private foundations and public charities, with respect to structure and formation, application for recognition of exemption, information reporting, and unrelated business taxable income strategy and planning. His practice focuses on the constantly shifting tax rules specific to the health care industry. Ryan has represented exempt organization clients in connection with Internal Revenue Service private letter rulings requests and the tax aspects of joint ventures with for-profit entities.
His client representation extends beyond tax structuring to the formation of business entities, registration with tax and other regulatory agencies, and the preparation of operating agreements and other governance documents.
Ryan is committed to doing pro bono work. He has long-term relationships with two charitable organizations that formed following the Sandy Hook tragedy, including The Jessica Rekos Foundation Inc. and Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative Inc. Ryan helped form the charities, assisted them with obtaining tax exempt status, and provides ongoing legal advice regarding their operations.
He is a frequent speaker on federal and State of Connecticut tax, partnership, and limited liability company issues. His recent lectures include presentations to The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants Inc., the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Federal Tax Institute of New England, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, the University of Connecticut Income Tax School, and the National Business Institute. Ryan also contributes to the firm's Health Law Diagnosis blog.
He has been selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2013 to 2018.