Rick Ballard is an associate in the Business Law Department and a member of the firm’s Strategic Technology Transactions and Licensing practice. He represents clients in a broad array of licensing and commercial matters, and analyzes intellectual property issues related to financings, private equity and M&A transactions.
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Rick has over twenty years of experience as a legal advisor to entrepreneurs, technology companies, and investment firms. Prior to joining Goodwin in 2021, he worked as senior counsel at Axiom Global, providing dedicated commercial, M&A, and intellectual property transaction support to several Fortune 500 technology companies, and as a partner at a boutique technology law firm in Silicon Valley. He has also served as general counsel for a number of early stage companies, and as general counsel for a NASA-DoD technology commercialization engine and startup incubator at NASA Research Park. 

Rick began his legal career as an associate at Jones Day and Pennie & Edmonds, where his practice focused on patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property strategy, and complex technology transactions. Prior to becoming an attorney, Rick worked as a biomedical engineer and manager of NASA’s Space Physiology Laboratory at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, where his research focused on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal effects of microgravity and development and testing of medical devices and countermeasures for spaceflight.

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J.D., 2001
Santa Clara University School of Law
M.S., Biology, 1995
San Jose State University
B.S., Biology, 1990
San Jose State University

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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