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


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

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.

Speeches & Presentations

  • "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


Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

March 28, 2022 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
January 3, 2022 Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel
September 15, 2021 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises Marshall Wace on Series D Investment in InBrace
September 14, 2021 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Honeywell in Investment in Aviation Biofuels Company Alder Fuels
February 10, 2021 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Kountable in Series A-1 Financing Lead by Lateral Capital
December 21, 2020 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises Olam Food Ingredients in its Acquisition of Leading US Chile Pepper Business