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Ryan & Company Announces Expansion of Dispute Resolution Practice with Addition of Ira Lipstet and John Christian

Press Release Aug 03, 2005

Dallas, Texas - Ryan & Company, America's largest independent state and local tax consulting firm, today announced the expansion of its Dispute Resolution Practice with the addition of attorneys Ira Lipstet and John Christian in its Austin, Texas office. Ira Lipstet has joined the firm as a Director and John Christian as a Manager. Each specializes in dispute resolution and will assist clients in tax controversy matters before the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and other taxing authorities.

"We are thrilled to have such tremendous talent join our Dispute Resolution Practice. Both Ira and John are well-known and respected practitioners in the state and local tax field," said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal. "With former Texas Chief Administrative Law Judge Mark Weiss, Ira, John, and the other distinguished members of our practice, no other firm in our industry has a more capable or distinguished Dispute Resolution Practice."

Formerly a shareholder in a large national law firm, Ira Lipstet brings to the firm more than twenty years of client representation experience involving state and local tax issues including multistate corporate income tax, special purpose entities (including partnerships, limited liability companies, and trusts), franchise tax, sales and use tax, property tax, unclaimed property, and tax incentives. "I am pleased to be joining Ryan & Company, which I believe to be the preeminent firm in the country working exclusively in the state and local tax area," says Lipstet. "Ryan & Company's excellent reputation for working with and achieving favorable results for its clients definitely attracted me to the firm. I look forward to working with the many fine people at Ryan & Company as its opportunities continue to expand."

John Christian has fifteen years of experience and is formerly Of Counsel at a large international law firm. His experience includes representing clients at the administrative hearings level concerning sales and use tax, franchise tax, gross receipts tax, motor fuels tax, severance tax, insurance tax, property tax, and unclaimed property. "I'm excited to join the emerging national leader of state and local tax," says Christian. "Ryan & Company provides me the opportunity to work with a dedicated, energetic, and talented team of professionals who put their clients first and whose sheer depth of expertise in state and local taxation is unmatched."

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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