Marcella Ballard

Marcella Ballard‘s practice covers a wide range of intellectual property matters, including brand protection, trademark, copyright, trade secret, privacy rights, licensing, unfair competition, contract, and business tort claims.

Ballard has represented clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in bench and jury trials, as well as in arbitration hearings throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom.

She counsels several famous brands in their trademark matters and brand management functions on a global basis.

Ballard is a veteran in prosecuting and defending motions for emergency injunctive relief, and she has acted as lead counsel in anti-counterfeiting actions around the country in which ex parte seizure and TRO relief were obtained.

Her experience includes successfully managing the simultaneous seizure of counterfeited goods across 11 locations in a single day, an effort that involved coordinating with a large group of law enforcement officers, customs officials and federal marshals. Her experience also includes employing successful strategies for combating counterfeiting on global e-commerce platforms and obtaining injunctive relief against repeat offenders.

She previously served as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York,  where she tried more than 15 jury trials to conclusion and had a near-perfect record of obtaining convictions for the state.

Ballard obtained her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University (OSU) on a full athletic scholarship. She was an All-American swimmer and academic All-American scholar-athlete, amassing 14 Big Ten titles while at OSU, where she is an inductee into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame.