Stephen (Steve) M. Ryan provides lobbying, litigation and counseling services for the high-technology community and companies in highly regulated industries, while addressing the combined legal, political and press related challenges stemming from congressional oversight and investigation. He is head of the Firm's government strategies practice.
Steve served as general counsel to the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (GAC) and participated in all aspects of the committee's legislative and oversight activities. In addition, he served as deputy counsel of the President's Commission on Organized Crime, directing investigations against La Cosa Nostra and other criminals during the Reagan administration. He also served as an assistant US attorney in Washington, DC, prosecuting criminal cases. Steve received a special commendation from the attorney general and other Justice Department awards.
Steve tries cases for his lobbying clients. For example, while registered to lobby for an electric utility, Steve successfully argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against Enron. He has won cases regarding preemption of state law in Connecticut and New Jersey for a California bank that is a key lobbying client, and an antitrust case in the US District Court for the Northern District of California for a key internet utility.
A leader on internet governance issues, Steve has represented companies and their individual officers in their interactions with a range of law enforcement agencies, including the US Department of Justice, agency inspectors general and state attorneys general. He is often called upon to help conduct internal investigations to assist management and corporate boards. As part of his deep commitment to pro bono activity, Steve has represented Operation HOPE, a financial literacy group, for the last decade.
Previously, Steve was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He is co-author of a book on procurement ethics and has published numerous professional articles on congressional policy-making and on the interface of criminal and government procurement law. He is frequently quoted in leading newspapers and appears on television. He served as the law clerk for the Honorable Robert A. Grant, US District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.