Managing Director, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Merchant & Gould P.C. 

Brian Batzli joined Merchant & Gould in 1987 and became CEO in 2011. He has also served on the firm's executive, compensation, retirement benefits, and technology committees, as well as Chair of the Electrical practice group. Brian is also an adjunct professor at the Hamline University School of Law.

Diversity at Merchant & Gould includes recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers and partnering with diversity organizations, such as hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Women in IP event. As an IP firm, Merchant & Gould also works with pipeline organizations in both the legal and engineering fields to encourage women and minorities. 

Joined LCLD 2016  


Highlights of LCLD Participation 


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2017: Mansi Hasendra Shah

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2017: Linhda Nguyen


Member: Brian Batzli 

Diversity Professional: John Winemiller, Ph.D.

Communications: Misty Borg Misterek