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Steven D. Ryan


Steven D. Ryan is a co-lead of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice, a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Corporate Group. He advises companies on venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and general corporate governance matters with a strong emphasis on representing private high-growth companies and venture capital investment firms.

Steve focuses his work with venture-backed companies and founders to practically solve complex issues, develop strategies to navigate risks while achieving business objectives, and efficiently execute to drive results. He routinely serves as outside general counsel to clients, assisting them with Board Governance, evaluating and executing financing alternatives, securing and protecting Intellectual Property, stakeholder management, and accessing specialized legal resources.

Steve is a practical and business-minded advisor to his clients. Steve’s client-first approach to providing legal services includes being accessible, providing clear and effective communication, leveraging technology, and competitive pricing.

Steve is also designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) and is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the firm, Steve focused his practice on emerging companies, venture capital, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions matters with an AmLaw100 firm.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S. finance (2006) summa cum laude
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (2013)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia

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Corporate and Transactional

Financial Services

Digital Assets and Payments

Technology Transactions

Corporate and Transactional

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

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"Crowell HealthTech Forum," Crowell & Moring Seminar, Washington, D.C. (October 27, 2022). Speakers: Steven D. Ryan and Jodi G. Daniel.
"First Annual Venture Capital Outlook: The Times Are A-Changing!?" CFA Society, New York, NY. (October 19, 2022). Speaker: Steven D. Ryan
DEAL NOTE: Crowell Advises Firefly Aerospace in $75 Million Series B Financing Round and the Secondary Sale of Noosphere’s Firefly Equity to AE Industrial Partners (March 28, 2022)
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"Pro Rata Rights Explained," GrowthStudio (February 15, 2022). Authors: Justin Lurie, Matthew Moisan, and Steve Ryan
Major DC Law Firms Promote Sizable Partner Classes For 2022 The National Law Journal (January 10, 2022)
Press Coverage
Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel (January 3, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises Marshall Wace on Series D Investment in InBrace (September 15, 2021)
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DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Honeywell in Investment in Aviation Biofuels Company Alder Fuels (September 14, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
Serving Startups in Big Law (July 23, 2021)
Press Coverage
DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Kountable in Series A-1 Financing Lead by Lateral Capital (February 10, 2021)
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