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Ryan W.H. Starr

Ryan W.H. Starr


Ryan Starr focuses his practice on international taxation, concentrating on global tax and operational business structuring, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration and global transfer pricing strategy.

Ryan has assisted a wide range of clients – from start-ups to multibillion-dollar multinationals – in providing international tax advice as well as designing and implementing principal operating models, tax deferral structures and entity restructurings. His practice also includes structuring acquisitions, cross-border financing, and integrating acquisitions. He has advised on both small- and large-scale international merger and acquisition transactions.

Ryan also frequently serves as the managing international legal counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and matters implicating corporate, employment, IP, data privacy and transaction taxes such as VAT and GST, among others.

Bar admissionsMassachusetts
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
  • B.S., Northeastern University


The highly respected English publisher, Chambers & Partners, has recognized Ryan as one of the "Associates to Watch" in their Chambers USA guide. The directory has stated he is "a highly rated associate who has already established a recognized practice in international taxation and global business structuring." Clients have praised him for having "a huge amount of subject matter knowledge, he's very thorough and approachable, and he provides tremendous support," being "very good at pushing a plan forward and making sure you have all the resources you need to get things done," and have described him as "effective, proactive," "professional, timely and knowledgeable."

In addition, DLA Piper's Boston-based tax practice was recognized as the International Tax Law Firm of the Year in Massachusetts by Corporate INTL Magazine in 2014 and 2015.


Co-author, "Global Supply Chain for Life Sciences: Develop and Maintain a Tax-Efficient International Structure," Biotechnology Law Report Volume 36, Number 3, 2017

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Ryan worked as an associate at a leading financial services firm, focusing on tax advisory work related to international taxation, federal taxation, and state and local taxation.

Civic and Charitable

Ryan is a member of the Alumni Board at Penn State Law and on the Board of Camp Casco, a non-profit focused on creating a supportive community for children with cancer and their families.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association Tax Section
  • American Bar Association