Lynn E. Rzonca


Lynn E. Rzonca is Chair of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department and a member of the firm's Expanded Board. She has 25 years of experience litigating trademark, advertising, copyright, and patent cases. She counsels clients on how to best protect and increase the value of their intellectual property and protect their key brands. On any given day, she may be enforcing trademark rights in federal court or before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, addressing infringement on social media, registering marks, or responding to a threat of patent infringement.

Lynn is a compelling presence in the courtroom, and she has litigated in dozens of courts across the country. She has significant experience enforcing brands by helping clients assert their trademark rights, whether through policing programs or in court. She has prosecuted many trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and handled cases before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Lynn frequently assists clients with the launch of new brands and advertising campaigns.

For the past five years, Lynn co-chaired Ballard Women, a group of diverse Ballard Spahr attorneys whose aim is to help women attorneys build professional networks, create business opportunities, and grow as legal counselors and business and civic leaders. She also serves on the firm's Diversity Council.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession named Lynn recipient of the 2010 Lynette Norton Award, in recognition of her litigation skills and mentoring and encouragement of female lawyers.

In 2009, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell named Lynn one of Pennsylvania's "Best 50 Women in Business." The award, in its 14th year, is given jointly by the Business Journals of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development. Philadelphia magazine also recognized Lynn for her mentoring work in its "Best of Philly" 2009 edition.

In December 2009, the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners named Lynn a Woman of Distinction, an award given to women who are leaders in their professions and communities.

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "The Creative Entrepreneur presents Designing Your Success: Securing Copyrights + Creating Your Business," The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, May 31, 2017 

Panelist, "Rock 'n Roll, Redskins & Free Speech: Trademark/Copyright Goes to the Supreme Court," The American Law Journal TV program, February 20, 2017

Moderator, "Brand Innovator of the Year – Scott Emmons, Head of Neiman Marcus Innovation Lab," FashInvest Fashion Tech Investment Conference, December 15, 2016

Board Memberships & Community Service

Juvenile Law Center, Board of Directors (2006-2012)

Pennsylvania SPCA, Board of Directors (2007-2011)

Children's Justice Clinic at Rutgers School of Law, Advisory Board



Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1991)
Member, International Journal of Law and Business; Member, National Moot Court Team; Teaching Assistant

Loyola University Chicago (M.A. 1986)

Loyola University Chicago (B.S., biology, 1984, with honors)




U.S. Patent and Trademark Office