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Daniel Nathan Ballard

Daniel Nathan Ballard

also known as Dan Ballard

About me

Sacramento patent attorney and trademark, copyright, e-commerce attorney.  Daniel Ballard serves as outside corporate counsel for small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to general business transactional advice, he focuses on providing intellectual property advice and, if necessary, litigation and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As a patent attorney, he works to protect clients' intellectual property assets through patent, trademark, and copyright registrations. 


Please do not contact Mr. Ballard for legal assistance because he is not accepting new clients. Thank you.


You can view Mr. Ballard's Twitter stream at @Ballard_IP ( ) and his document library at ( ).


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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 30%
  2. Trademark Infringement: 20%
  3. Advertising: 20%
  4. Patent Application: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Julian Cordero

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ballard takes a lot of time to answer questions on the Avvo forum in a meticulous and sound manner. His answers are always very through and it is clear he is very knowledgeable.


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  • Jonathan Charles Balfus

    Mr. Ballard's responses are among the most intelligent, realistic, useful and thorough on Avvo. It's difficult to stand out among the many excellent attorneys that provide answers here, so I endorse Mr. Ballard because he consistently does.


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Contact info

Sequoia Counsel PC

770 L St., Suite 950
Sacramento, CA, 95814

Twitter: @Ballard_IP

770 L.St., Suite 950
Sacramento, CA, 95814



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Rated in Legal Ability and Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Student ParticipationAnthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderSequoia Counsel PC2008 - Present
AttorneyBullivant Houser Bailey PC2006 - 2008
Adjunct ProfessorMcGeorge School of Law2005 - 2009
AttorneyMcDonough Holland & Allen PC2001 - 2006
Environmental Science OfficerUS Army Reserve1998 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, IP SectionBoard Member2007 - 2010
International Trademark AssociationMember, Monetary Remedies Committee2004 - 2005
Recording AcademyAssociate Member2004 - 2012
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nerds On Call, Inc. v. Nerds On Call, Inc., 598 F.Supp.2d 913 (S.D. Ind. 2008)Case dismissed
Jane E. Aagard v. Palomar Builders, Inc., 344 F.Supp.2d 1211 (E.D. Ca. 2004)Counterclaims not preempted
R & R Partners, Inc. v. Tovar, 447 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (D. Nev. 2006)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sacramento LawyerInternational Intellectual Property Protection2009
Sacramento LawyerSigns, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
California State University, SacramentoWith Molecular Biology ConcentrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Middlesex Community CollegeMedical Laboratory ScienceAssociates in Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business End of PatentsPatent law2007
Fourth Annual Pacific Music Business SymposiumDigital music issues2004
Music WarsDigital music copyright issues2003
Digital Music Summit Music Industry in the Digital AgeDigital Music Intellectual Property Issues2003