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, and is the former 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: 
2019: Kathy Ott; 2018: John Thomas Winemiller; 2017: Mansi Hasendra Shah

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2019: Luciano Ricondo, Laura Hupp; 2018: Loretta Freeman; 2017: Linhda Nguyen

Annual Meeting (2017)

Member: Brian Batzli 

Diversity Professional: John Winemiller, Ph.D.

Communications: Misty Borg Misterek