Ryan Maness serves as a Senior Policy Analyst and Tax Counsel at MultiState and has been with the firm since 2012. Specializing in sales and use tax issues, Ryan is an integral part of MultiState’s tax policy practice, offering customized, strategic solutions to meet client needs. With a portfolio ranging from national trade associations to Fortune 15 companies, Ryan strives to help his clients achieve their legislative goals by providing detailed analyses of complex issues.
Ryan is a nationally recognized thought leader in tax policy and state legislative affairs. He has presented to a variety of trade and professional organizations, including the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF), the Senate President's Forum, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), among others. He has been quoted in a wide range of political and policy publications such as the Washington Post, Politico, Law360, State Tax Notes, Bloomberg BNA, Forbes, and Governing Magazine. His research on state sales and use taxes was featured in the winning brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair.
Prior to his work at MultiState, Ryan served on staff at all levels of government. He was part of Congressman Jared Polis' office in the United State House of Representatives, acted as policy staff for the Colorado House of Representatives, and interned at the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office. Ryan earned his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, he was an editor of an international human rights journal, president of the Public Interest Legal Network, and an arguing advocate for the national trial team. He holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in philosophy and political science.