Sean O'Donnell, Ballast IP Law

Office Hours

NEXT AVAILABLE: Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm

Sean O’Donnell Ph.D., J.D., is an attorney with more than a decade of experience counseling Fortune 500 Biotechnology Companies, start-ups, and institutions. Sean has assisted clients in licensing, acquiring, analyzing, and asserting patents covering products with revenues exceeding $500 Million annually. He focuses his practice on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

As a partner at Ballast IP, Sean currently counsels client companies on implementing patent strategies that integrate into each client’s business model. Sean helps his clients maximize the value of their patent portfolios by focusing on the key elements of their IP and how that IP fits within a broader business landscape. His clients include companies of all sizes. Sean also serves on the board of a telecommunications construction company that has operated for more than 25 years.

Prior to Ballast, IP, Sean was an attorney at several large law firms and represented domestic and foreign companies across a variety of patent matters. Sean obtained his doctorate in molecular biology and biophysics from Columbia University, where he studied mammalian neurobiology in the laboratory of Richard Axel, M.D., recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He obtained his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from Princeton.

Sean is a class representative for the Princeton University Swimming and Diving Teams. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his son, open water swimming and surfing.

All appointments must be scheduled through Princeton's Web Appointment Scheduling System HERE. Any inquiries may be sent to Stephanie Landers at or call (609) 258-3979.