Rick Battles

Richard G. Battles

P: (805) 962-0524 x4
F: (805) 962-0534


Rick Battles has been practicing law in Santa Barbara since 1984. Rick’s practice focuses primarily on local government work, with an emphasis on the representation of special districts. Rick also has extensive experience handling a wide range of real estate and business transactional matters. Rick enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating given practicing attorneys in terms of both professional competence and ethics.

Rick began his law career with the Santa Barbara firm of Mullen & Henzell L.L.P. where he was a partner and served as Chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Department. Rick joined Howell Moore & Gough LLP in 2008, bringing his many years of experience representing individual, business and public agency clients.

Away from work, Rick is an avid runner and also enjoys swimming, surfing, and skiing.


Arizona State University (B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1981)
University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1984); Editor, Journal of International and Comparative Law

Memberships - Legal

State Bar of California (admitted 1984) – Business, Real Property and Public Law Sections
Santa Barbara County Bar Association – Member 1984 to Present; Board of Directors 1994-1995; Real Property Section Chair 1993-1994
California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) – Member 1985 to Present; Attorney’s Committee Chair 1996-1998
California Special Districts Association (CSDA) – Member 1992 to Present

Community Activities / Positions

National Ability Center – Assistant Ski Instructor/Race Course Volunteer, Park City, Utah 2020 to present
Network Medical – Board of Directors 2006-2009
Santa Barbara County United Way – Professionals Liaison 1997-2001; Cabinet Member 1999-2000
Foundation for Santa Barbara City College – Board of Directors 1994-1995
Santa Barbara City College Advisory Council – Member 1991-1995; President 1993-1995
Boy Scouts of America – Mission Council District Committee 1991-1993
Legal Aid Foundation – Project Outreach 1987-1990