Leslie M. Spencer

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Leslie M. Spencer

Leslie M. Spencer

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Biography

Leslie Spencer, co-chair of the firm's diversity committee, is a partner in the IP litigation practice. She works with clients on intellectual property matters involving software, networking, security, financial technology (“FinTech”) and other emerging technologies. She has over 15 years of experience litigating patent disputes in district courts, including through Markman hearing, trial and appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney, and appears before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Leslie also counsels clients regarding IP asset protection, IP transactions and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Prior to practicing law, Leslie worked for financial services and e-commerce companies, and supervised the development of a smart card-based secure transaction system.

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Co-Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Co-Chair, Government Enforcement Practice Group at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Co-Chair, Women's Forum at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Education
LLM in Trial Advocacy
Class of 2006

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible, with a firm commitment to principles of professional responsibility, and with a sense of personal obligation to lead and to serve the communities in which they live and practice. We are dedicated to our traditional ideal of making opportunities for legal education accessible to talented students who might otherwise not have the opportunity and those who might encounter barriers due to race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic background, or other personal characteristics. The Law School seeks to maintain and strengthen our longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law.

JD
Class of 1998

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

MBA
Class of 1988

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. At the Ross School of Business, our mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

BS in Computer Science & Engineering
Class of 1985

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.

Memberships
Member
Current

Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

Member
Current

The New York Intellectual Property Law Association, or NYIPLA as it is known, is a bar association principally composed of lawyers interested in patent, trademark and copyright law who live or work in the jurisdictions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, namely New York, Connecticut and Vermont, and the District of New Jersey. Established in 1922, NYIPLA members are in private, corporate and government practice. They reflect a full spectrum of specialized and general law firms of all sizes, as well as many fields of industry. Members of the Judiciary are ex officio Honorary Members. The Association promotes the development and administration of intellectual property and related laws. It provides its membership with an opportunity to make their views known and to advance the knowledge of legal professionals, the judiciary, government and the public.

Career History
Partner
Current

Ropes & Gray LLP is a global law firm with 11 offices located in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The firm has over 1,100 lawyers, and professionals worldwide, and its clients include corporations and financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and health care organizations. It was founded in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts by John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray

Associate
Prior

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides legal services in corporate and securities law matters, litigation, business reorganization and restructuring, real estate, tax, intellectual property, executive compensation & employee benefits, and trusts & estates. It also provides mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and intellectual property legal services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$2,700
2015

Representative from New York's 8th Congressional District

$1,000
2014

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

$1,000
2013

Representative from New York's 8th Congressional District

Transactions
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HP, Inc. purchases Electronic Data Systems Corp.

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Nomura Holdings, Inc. purchases Instinet LLC from Silver Lake Partners LP

Awards & Honors
2011
Super Lawyers - New York Metro Rising Stars
Events
Attendee
New York City, NY
2011 RG & Associates Consortium

More than 300 investors all committed to exploring opportunities with minority and woman owned firms and emerging managers gathered in New York at Consortium 2011. In its eighth year, the gathering has become the forum for emerging managers to “make their case” and begin a dialogue with institutional investors, including many of the top public pension plans, corporate pension plans, foundations, endowments and Taft-Hartley plans. The energy was high and the conversations plentiful during the day and a half gathering. Citing industry trends and issues facing emerging managers—insights gathered via a joint RG & Associates and Emerging Manager Monthly survey of managers across the country—many of the speakers and interactive sessions helped to crystallize the advantages emerging managers bring to an investment relationship. From different strategies and operating models to varied cultural experiences, the talent and track records of emerging managers in attendance were center stage.

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Leslie M. Spencer is affiliated with Ropes & Gray LLP, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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