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Mr. Ballard accepts new clients mainly from other attorneys and only occasionally by direct request from a potential client. He is a Sacramento-based patent attorney and trademark, copyright, e-commerce attorney.  He serves as outside corporate counsel for small to medium-sized businesses and, in addition to general business transactional advice, focuses on intellectual property strategy and, when necessary, engages in federal and state court litigation and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 50%
    15 years
  2. Trademark: 20%
  3. Patent Infringement: 10%
  4. Business: 10%
  5. Internet: 10%



Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check

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  • Hubert W Pfabe

    I endorse Attorney Ballard. I have viewed his responses and advice that he has offered on a wide range of topics and have found it on point and insightful.


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  • Walter Joseph Tencza Jr

    Attorney Ballard answers questions in an incisive and detailed manner; and raises issues which give both Avvo questioners and practicing attorneys much food for thought.


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Contact info

Sequoia Counsel PC

6624 Penney Way
Carmichael, CA, 95608

Twitter: @Ballard_IP

6624 Penney Way
Carmichael, CA, 95608



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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
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, IP SectionBoard Member2007 - 2010
International Trademark AssociationMember, Monetary Remedies Committee2004 - 2005
Recording AcademyAssociate Member2004 - 2012
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, SacramentoBiologyBA - 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