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Steve Ryder

Steve Ryder

also known as Steve Brown, Stephan Ryder

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Litigation, General Practice, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime

About Me

Criminal law is my passion. Unlike many attorneys, I'm not in this business to make money; I'm in it to help people. In every case I take, I work closely with my client to ensure the best-possible outcome. If a case has a decent chance of winning at trial, I have no problem taking it before a jury.


In fact, I rather enjoy it when a case goes to trial. At that juncture, I often know that the prosecutor has slipped up and will have difficulty meeting his or her burden. It also gives me a chance to put my training and expertise into action. If you have been accused of a crime and are looking for an attorney to represent you, give my office a call. The consultation is free, and I can work with you if cost is an issue.

An Ivy League Graduate

I graduated from one of our nation's finest legal institutions: Cornell Law School. During my time as a student, I worked feverishly under some of the finest minds in criminal law. The result? Top-flight legal insight into your problems.


If your case involves a complex or convoluted issue of law, my training and experience can work to turn such an issue in your favor. I have the resources and the know-how to investigate legal issues within your case that could help you fight conviction.

A Former Prosecutor

As a former prosecutor, I know how the system works, and more importantly, how it can work in your favor. Whether you've been charged with a serious felony, or are just looking to reduce a traffic ticket, you can rest assured that I know exactly how to handle your case.


My work as a prosecutor has also given me an opportunity to know many of the prosecutors in the Fox Cities. This often makes cutting a deal on your behalf a much more successful experience.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2013

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
  5. General Practice: 10%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Jeffrey P. Kippa

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve has quickly established a reputation as a hard working and well respected lawyer in the community. His effective advocacy pays dividends for his clients.


    Jeffrey Kippa Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Brown quickly understands and masters the human as well as legal complexities in each case and designs an approach that will assure success. He is a rare find.


    Ronald Colwell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ryder Legal Group

103 W. College Ave
Suite 1023
Appleton, WI, 54911


WIGood Standing201303/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 20% of ClassCornell Law School2012
Graduated Magna Cum LaudeCornell Law School2012
Graduated Summa Cum LaudeButler University2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and PartnerRyder Legal Group2015 - Present
InternWinnebago County District Attorney's Office2013 - 2013
PartnerBrown Legal Group2013 - 2015
Litigation AssociateSchwab Legal Group, LLC2012 - 2013
Summer AssociateNavy JAG2011 - 2011
Summer AssociateO'melveny & Myers, LLP2010 - 2010

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2013 - Present
Outagamie County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Winnebago County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Fox Valley Young Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Butler UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
Neenah High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma2005