Travis J. Leach, a Business and Finance partner who co-leads the firm’s Emerging Growth and Private Capital Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Technology Council.

“Our group has substantial experience helping technology companies thrive, and we are focused on providing strategic counsel to a broad variety of clients in this space—ranging from funds and investment groups to established and growing businesses,” said Mr. Leach. “Joining the Arizona Technology Council, which is the premier trade association in Arizona for science and technology companies, is a great opportunity for me and Ballard Spahr to contribute to the growth and success of the local tech community.”

The Arizona Technology Council membership draws from a diverse professional business community. Its members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation, and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums, and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees, and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry.

“Travis brings a valuable perspective and insight into what’s needed to launch and grow companies,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “He brings a depth of experience that further enhances the ability of our board to nurture the development and success of the technology industry in Arizona.”

Ballard Spahr’s commitment to emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs also is evidenced through the Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurs and its program to help young companies Seed, Incubate, Nurture, and Grow (Project SING).

In addition to his work with emerging companies, Mr. Leach focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on public offerings, private placements, corporate governance matters, Sarbanes-Oxley and SEC compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. He represents a number of public and private companies in a variety of matters. He also assists in leading the firm's Sports practice.