Ryan Whitaker


Ryan is a Partner in the Business & Transactional, Real Estate and Tax Planning & Compliance practice groups at DBL Law.

Ryan’s tax practice focuses on federal, state, and local tax planning and controversy matters, including tax-free corporate reorganizations and divestitures, development projects under the Qualified Opportunity Zone program, tax audits, appeals, and tax court litigation, and complex tax-deferred real estate exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. Ryan also serves as President of ExcelExchanges LLC, a 1031 exchange Qualified Intermediary and wholly owned subsidiary of DBL Law.

In his real estate practice, Ryan represents property owners, developers, and investors on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, development, and leasing matters.

In his corporate practice, Ryan counsels privately-held businesses on issues involving commercial contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, and succession planning.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Tax — Litigation & Controversy, Cincinnati, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch – Trusts & Estates, Cincinnati 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch – Corporate Law, Cincinnati 2023
Community Involvement
  • Member, PreventionFIRST!, Board of Trustees
  • Chair, Cincinnati Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member, Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute, Planning Committee
  • State of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • United States Tax Court
11DBL Attorney Ryan Whitaker
(513) 357-5291


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2015
B.B.A., University of Cincinnati, 2012

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