Brian Batzli Named New Firm CEO Effective January 1, 2011; King to Remain Chairman of the Board
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today congratulates D. Randall King for his years of steadfast leadership, resulting in the firm's significant growth and success that has lasted more than a decade. Brian Batzli, a partner who has been with the firm since 1987, has been named the new CEO and Managing Director, effective January 1, 2011.
King, who has served in this position since 1997 but has been with the firm since 1976, will remain actively involved as its Chairman of the Board. Batzli has been shadowing King for the last several months and the two will continue to work closely together to ensure a seamless transition.
"In Randy's tenure as CEO and Managing Director, Merchant & Gould has added offices in Atlanta, Denver, Knoxville, Madison, New York, Omaha, Seattle and Washington, D.C., while successfully nurturing and growing the firm's robust client roster," said John Gould, who has been with the firm since 1954 and has had a considerable role in the growth of Merchant & Gould. "He has made significant contributions molding our strong reputation as one of the nation's leading IP firms."
Prior to being named the firm's CEO and Managing Director in 1997, King spent more than 20 years representing clients' interests in litigation. His cases have involved trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising and other IP issues. In addition to trial practice, he has extensively counseled clients in the selection and availability of trademarks for many different businesses and industries; the policing of trademarks; and trademark infringement issues. Prior to joining the firm, he served for three years as in-house trademark attorney for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
"I am looking forward to ushering in a new chapter in Merchant & Gould's history with Brian. He has the right skill set to continue to build the firm's strong reputation and client base," said King.
Batzli added, "I am grateful for Randy's leadership and guidance. We share a common vision of the firm's direction and strategy so we anticipate an uninterrupted, smooth transition."