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Steven D. Ryan

Phone: +1 202.624.2743
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Steven D. Ryan is a counsel 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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