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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, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 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 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and PartnerRyder Legal Group2015 - Present
ProsecutorWinnebago 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
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Martindale-Hubbell Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Fox Valley Young Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Winnebago County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Outagamie County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2013 - Present
Cornell Law School Alumni AssociationMember2012 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
2014CF***Not Guilty on all 5 charges at Jury Trial
15TP****Won at Jury Trial
14CF***Not Guilty on all counts

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Publication NameTitleDate
Legal BlogDefending the Guilty2014
Legal BlogThe Right to Remain Silent?2014
Cornell International Law JournalCopyright Law and its Applications to Online Worlds2011


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