Ryan Chesnut, Associate

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Columbus Office
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F 614.221.0479

Ryan is an associate in the Corporate and Business Practice Group. He assists clients with tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, and other business law matters. Before joining Bailey Cavalieri, Ryan worked in a tax consulting role for a public accounting firm, where he provided income and franchise tax, sales and use tax, property tax, and other state and local tax services to companies of all sizes and complexities.

Ryan received his law degree from Florida State University, where he served as a member of the Business Law Review. Prior to law school, Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. Ryan is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the Accountancy Board of Ohio.

Noteworthy Experience

  • Tax and financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, including underwriting of representations and warranties insurance
  • Research and analysis to evaluate tax consequences of business transactions and identify planning opportunities
  • Refund claims and voluntary disclosure agreements for sales and use, income and franchise, gross receipts, and other state and local taxes across the United States
  • Defense of tax audits, notices, assessments, and other inquiries
  • State and local tax planning for businesses entering into new markets
  • Multistate nexus studies to assess audit risk and identify tax compliance responsibilities
  • Industry-specific sales and use tax research to assist businesses with proper taxation of products and purchases

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • States and Sellers React to Changing Sales Tax Landscape After Wayfair Decision, Columbus Business First (November 20, 2018)

Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (2014-Present)


  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 2012)
  • Ohio State University (B.S.B.A. in Finance, 2009)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Tax Court