Ragen Swan PLLC is a Seattle WA law firm focused entirely on technology and intellectual property transactions.  We are a firm without a traditional, physical office, so we are able to deliver high-value services at a reasonable cost.

Ken Leppert Jr.

Ken's practice focuses on complex technology transactions and advice surrounding the research, development, and commercialization of software, software-as-a-service, and hardware; and the licensing of intellectual property.   

Ken was in-house counsel at Microsoft for twelve years, where he held a wide range of roles, most involving complex technology transactions.  He led a team providing legal support for the company's Microsoft Research division, advising on cutting-edge legal issues and supporting numerous technology collaborations with universities and other companies. He also negotiated major intellectual property license agreements for Microsoft with other major tech companies, and supported the company's IP Ventures team, structuring and negotiating numerous IP-for-equity spin-outs. 

In 2014, Ken left Microsoft to become the first General Counsel of FiftyThree, Inc., a software and digital stylus company, partnering with the company's executives to help lead it through four years of growth and its eventual exit in 2018.  Beyond managing all of the company's general legal issues, he also supported the launch of new software and SaaS offerings and of a new social media platform, negotiated strategic partnerships, advised on data privacy issues, negotiated an asset acquisition, helped to establish an international distribution and retail network for the company's digital stylus product, and built a significant patent and trademark portfolio.  After he left FiftyThree, Ken was seconded to Salesforce, where he supported new product launches and negotiated strategic partnerships, SaaS white label agreements, SaaS reseller agreements, and inbound data licenses.

Having spent most of his career in-house at technology companies, Ken knows first-hand the challenges faced by company counsel and uses his experience to approach legal matters with a practical, business-minded perspective.  

In his free time, Ken is an early-stage investor with 30+ investments in LGBT-led companies through the Gaingels angel syndicate - a profit-driven, mission-based group that targets investment in companies that have at least one LGBT founder, senior C-level executive, or board member, with the aim of promoting diversity in entrepreneurship.

Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Ken was an associate at Preston, Gates & Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates) (1999-2002) and at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP (1998-1999), where his practice focused on technology and intellectual property.  Ken graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1998) and the University of the Pacific (B.A. in International Affairs & Commerce, 1990).   

Admitted to practice in California, Oregon (inactive), and Washington D.C.

Ken Leppert Jr.
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