Ralph Albrecht, a 1984 graduate of Sandy Creek Central School (SCCS), was sworn in as the 121st President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), during an installation ceremony conducted by Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the D.C. Court of Appeals, at the BADC’s Annual Luncheon Meeting, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The BADC, founded in 1871, is the nation’s third oldest bar association after New York and Boston. The BADC has served as DC’s voluntary bar since the 1972 formation of the mandatory unified DC bar.
Albrecht, a patent lawyer and partner in the Venable law firm’s Vienna, Virginia office, was previously co-chair of Venable’s Patent Prosecution Practice Group in Washington, DC. Ralph is a past BADC Treasurer, Secretary and member of the Board of Directors, a past Chair and Officer of BADC’s Patent Trademark Copyright (PTC) Section, and third PTC Section Chair to be named President of the BADC.
After graduating from SCCS, Albrecht attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA where he obtained a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1989. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University in Arlington, VA in 1997. He is licensed to practice in the commonwealth of Virginia and DC, and he counsels inventors across the nation in protecting their innovations worldwide. Ralph lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife Michelle and two children, Rachel and Christopher. Ralph’s parents Hans and Hella Albrecht continue to reside in Orwell, NY.