Ricardo E. Johnson III

Associate He / Him / His

Ricardo Johnson III is an associate in the firm’s Business and Transactions Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions matters. He has experience drafting and updating ancillary documents to purchase agreements, including disclosure schedules, closing checklists, and bills of sale.

Prior to his role at Ballard Spahr, Ricardo worked at Norwest Equity Partners, a private equity firm in Minneapolis, where he reviewed and negotiated NDAs on behalf of the firm and drafted profits interest plans and board actions for its portfolio companies. Before attending law school, Ricardo was a legal intern for the Minnesota Vikings where he reviewed their legal operations including contract formulation and mitigation of liability.

Professional Highlights

Board Memberships & Community Service

Westside Boosters Youth Football Coach, 2019-present

Dance Marathon – Children Miracle Network Hospitals, 2016-2017



University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D. 2022)
ABA Negotiations Competition Regional Champion
President of the Black Law Student Association
Student Representative, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

St. Olaf College (B.A. 2019)
Advisory Committee, Taylor Center for Diversity & Inclusion