Alston & Bird has expanded its federal and international tax capabilities with the addition of Ryan J. Kelly as partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Joining from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, where he served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), Kelly brings deep experience in tax dispute resolution and general tax planning, with a focus on transfer pricing.
“With the passage of U.S. tax reform in 2017, we are at the beginning of a major reset in cross-border tax planning and how tax authorities pursue tax enforcement,” said Henry Birnkrant, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the firm’s Tax Practice and leader of the Transfer Pricing Team. “Ryan’s deep global tax knowledge and in-the-trenches experience with multibillion-dollar transfer pricing matters and other complex cross-border transactions will be a boost to clients seeking to optimize near-term decisions and lay the groundwork for longer-term planning.”
While at the IRS, Kelly advised agency examiners, economists, and lawyers in the Large Business and International Division in complex matters involving international tax law and transfer pricing. He was also responsible for drafting administrative guidance under the Internal Revenue Code’s transfer pricing provisions. Before joining the IRS, Kelly was a senior tax attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker McKenzie.
An adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, Kelly is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association Tax Section’s Steering Committee and former chair of the Tax Section. He is an associate member of the U.S. Tax Court’s J. Edgar Murdock American Inn of Court. He is also a registered U.S. merchant marine officer.
“Ryan has advised multinational corporations and the U.S. government on complex cross-border transactions, including several litigation matters involving tax disputes that are some of the largest in U.S. history,” said Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office. “Ryan’s extensive network of government contacts, coupled with his broad experience in international and corporate tax matters, fits squarely with our strategy of adding exceptional talent to meet the growing needs of our clients in tax and other top-end practices, including government contracts, antitrust, health care, and international trade.”
Kelly is the latest addition to Alston & Bird’s growing Washington, D.C., office. Since 2016, the office has welcomed government contracts partner Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts, legislative and public policy senior advisor Shannon Campagna, employee benefits partner Dominic DeMatties, antitrust partner Leslie Overton, health care regulatory partner Jackie Baratian, international trade and regulatory partner Tom Feddo, and legislative and public policy counsel Ted Schroeder.