Karen N. Ballack

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Karen N. Ballack

Karen N. Ballack

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Biography

Karen Ballack is a partner in the Firm’s Technology and IP Transactions practice in the Silicon Valley office. Ms. Ballack is an intellectual property transactional attorney with emphasis on representing technology companies, particularly in the computer (hardware and software), Internet, semiconductor, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Ms. Ballack has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology and intellectual property alliances and transactions. Representative matters include: licensing arrangements; research and development collaborations; joint ventures; strategic alliances and corporate partnering transactions; intellectual property acquisitions and divestitures; manufacture and supply arrangements; distribution and reseller arrangements; co-marketing alliances; consulting and professional services agreements; and other arrangements involving the commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. Ms. Ballack’s practice also includes providing intellectual property assistance in connection with private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions. Ms. Ballack is frequently engaged as a guest speaker on topics relating to technology and intellectual property transactions.

Ms. Ballack’s representative transactions include:

* Technology and intellectual property alliances, transactions, acquisitions and divestitures on behalf of Advanced Technology Investment Company, Apple, Applied Materials, Archipelago Learning, ArthroCare, Bebo, Cardinal Health, Ceres, Cisco Systems, CPU Technology, Darling International, Genentech, Genetic Finance, Getty Images, Intel, Koch Industries, L-1 Identity Solutions, Life Technologies (formerly Applied Biosystems), Maruho Co. Ltd., Maxim Integrated Products, Microsoft, Panasonic, PDL Biopharma, Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont company), Symantec, Texas Instruments, The Progeria Research Foundation, Trimble Navigation, United Way, Wind River Systems and Yahoo!
* Research and development collaborations involving technology companies, universities (such as California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Texas A&M and University of California), and research institutions (such as National Institutes of Health).

Ms. Ballack is a member of the Firm’s Women@Weil Leadership Board. She is actively involved with the Firm’s diversity and pro bono efforts.

Ms. Ballack is a member of the Board of Directors of The Progeria Research Foundation.

Ms. Ballack was named to The Recorder’s 2013 list of Women Leaders in Technology Law, which recognized women lawyers who have demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns in the technology sector. She has been ranked by Chambers USA 2010-2013 as a leader in California in the field of IT & IT Outsourcing. A source in Chambers USA 2013 describes Ms. Ballack as “a master drafter of technology and other agreements” and “one of the most amazing negotiators,” adding that “she does not blindly advocate her client’s position, but listens to the other side, convinces the other side that their story has been heard and then illustrates her client’s needs articulately and persuasively.” She has been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2010-2013 in the field of Intellectual Property, Patent Licensing, and has also been named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2013. In addition, Ms. Ballack is included in IAM Licensing 250’s “World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers” and IAM Patent 1000’s “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.”

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Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1986

The University of San Francisco School of Law strives for excellence in education underscored by a deep commitment to justice. The law school pursues excellence in a humane, diverse, and intellectually vibrant learning community of outstanding teachers and scholars dedicated to training ethical professionals. Consistent with the Jesuit tradition, the law school contributes to society by inspiring the pursuit of justice and serving the many communities—from the academic to the professional and the local to the global—of which it is a part.

B.S., summa cum laude
Class of 1981

San Diego State University (SDSU, State) is a public research university in San Diego, and is the largest and oldest higher education facility in San Diego County. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU), and is considered the flagship campus of the entire system. SDSU has a student body of more than 34,000 and an alumni base of more than 260,000. The university awards 189 types of bachelor's degrees, 91 different master's degrees, 22 types of doctoral degrees including Ed.D, Ed.S, DPT, J.D., Au.D, Ph.D. programs in collaboration with Claremont Graduate University,UC Davis, UC Riverside, UCSD, and UCSB. The university also offers 26 different teaching credentials.SDSU offers more doctoral degrees than any other campus in the California State University system.

Career History
Partner
Current

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

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Member of the Diversity Committee
Current

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Member of the Leadership Board
Current
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2007

Legal Aid's mission is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. Legal Aid provides individual representation, community education, systemic advocacy and strategic collaborative approaches to address legal issues and resolve problems in important areas of basic need including health, education, housing, income and freedom from violence. Legal Aid is an integral part of San Mateo County's safety net and has a history of successfully collaborating with community agencies, local governments, health care providers and pro bono attorneys to provide coordinated services to low-income residents.

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Legal Aid's mission is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. Legal Aid provides individual representation, community education, systemic advocacy and strategic collaborative approaches to address legal issues and resolve problems in important areas of basic need including health, education, housing, income and freedom from violence. Legal Aid is an integral part of San Mateo County's safety net and has a history of successfully collaborating with community agencies, local governments, health care providers and pro bono attorneys to provide coordinated services to low-income residents.

Transactions
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Advent International Corp., Culligan International Co. purchase AquaVenture Holdings Ltd.

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Apergy Corp. purchases Nalco Co. /Upstream Energy Business from Ecolab, Inc.

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Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. purchases Oaktree Capital Group LLC

Awards & Honors
2011
Chambers USA , Leading Lawyer- IT and IT Outsourcing
2011
IAM Licensing 250 - World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
2010
Chambers USA , Leading Lawyer- IT and IT Outsourcing
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