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Ryan Waggoner serves as outside general counsel for exempt organizations, where he helps nonprofits navigate tax laws and increase impact.
He practices exclusively in the nonprofit space and serves as counsel to a broad base of tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, political organizations, quasi-governmental entities, and impact investing platforms.
He advises his clients on operational and tax issues, including program-related investments, impact investing funds, executive compensation, unrelated business income tax, private foundation excise taxes, political and lobbying activities, and nonprofit statutory and fiduciary compliance. His outside general counsel role also involves managing litigation, labor, contracts, data privacy, benefits, risk mitigation, and real estate matters. Additionally, he often serves as corporate secretary and manages board governance functions for his clients.

Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart, Amber. They live in Franklin, Indiana and are blessed to be raising their children, Clark, Caroline and Clara, in their hometown.

In November 2018, Ryan was elected to the Franklin Community School Board of Trustees, becoming the youngest person to ever serve in that public office.  A proud first-generation college graduate, Ryan founded Franklin Community First Scholars, a mentoring program designed to connect Franklin Community High School students with college graduates in the community.
Inside the Firm, Ryan is the Vice President of the Ice Miller Foundation and serves on the Community Involvement Committee. He is also the founder and co-chair of the Firm's Blue Collar Caucus, an affinity group for Ice Miller team members who are first generation college graduates. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Butler University. He was Butler's student body president and received the Most Outstanding Male Student award. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.
Speaking Engagements
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Profit with a Purpose - 2019 Indianapolis CLE Forum
  • Basics on Estate Planning - Indiana State Police Retirement Conference
  • How to Not Lose Your Tax Exemption - Johnson County Foundation Nonprofit Symposium
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