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 includes a wide range of real estate and business transactional matters. In the real estate area, Rick counsels his clients on residential and commercial property issues, including land use, purchase and sale transactions, financing, leasing, and easements. In the business area, Rick assists clients with planning, contract drafting and entity formations (corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies) and represents buyers and sellers in business merger and acquisition transactions. A significant portion of Rick’s practice is also devoted to local government work, with an emphasis on the representation of special districts. 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’s highest priority is spending time with his family. Rick is an avid runner and also enjoys swimming, surfing, skiing, and tennis.


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

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