Lori E. Lesser

Partner, Head of IP Group & Co-Head of Privacy, Cybersecurity Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Lori E. Lesser

Lori E. Lesser

Partner, Head of IP Group & Co-Head of Privacy, Cybersecurity Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Biography

Lori Lesser is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she practices in the Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Lori advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, strategic agreements and counseling in fields including media and entertainment, software and technology, financial information, apparel, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Internet, mobile and social media services and nonprofits.

* Lori has represented companies including Accenture, Adidas, ADT, AIG, Airvana, Alibaba, AOL, Barclays, Defy Media, Deutsche Bank, Ellucian, Fast Retailing, Galen, Google, Interactive Data Corp., ITT, JPMorgan, L-3, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Mars, Microsoft, New York Public Library, Nielsen, Novartis, NXP, Owens-Illinois, Sesame Workshop, Sirius XM, Take-Two Interactive TD Bank, Thomson Reuters, Travelers, Tyco, Universal Studios, Viacom, Virgin Mobile and Warner Music. She has represented private equity firms including Apax, Blackstone, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, J.C. Flowers, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lightyear, Lion Capital, Silver Lake, Vestar and Warburg Pincus.
* Her IP transactional experience includes mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and secured financings, bankruptcy and restructurings, joint ventures, licensing, outsourcing, counseling and other strategic agreements. Her IP litigation practice comprises trial and appellate work and WIPO arbitrations.
* Lori is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, which writes: “Those who work with Lori Lesser are effusive in their praise.” Clients have cited her as “a thought leader in the transactional space” and “impressive” “an exceptionally smart and knowledgeable lawyer” who “does a good job of focusing on the issue at hand” a “master of the subject matter” and “so knowledgeable about technology law and technology itself - she understands the development that makes good business possible.” The Legal 500 recognizes Lori as a “Leading Lawyer,” where she is described as “not only a top-notch technology lawyer but also a superb transactional one.”
* She is also consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, for which she has been named the “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” for New York City. She has been listed in the “Top 50 Under 45” U.S. IP Lawyers (IP Law & Business magazine), “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers (The American Lawyer), “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation) and “20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” (Law360). She has been ranked in New York City’s top 100 lawyers and top 50 women lawyers by Super Lawyers. She has received the Burton Award for legal writing and the Award of Excellence from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her IP work in private equity deals has been featured on the cover of IP Law & Business.

Lori has served as a David Rockefeller Fellow for New York City and serves on the boards of the Partnership Fund for New York City and GreaterNY. She is a member of the Radcliffe Institute’s Dean’s Advisory Council, a director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the immediate past president of the Harvard Law School Association of NYC. She serves on advisory boards for ChIPs (chief IP counsel), ProPublica and Hunter College’s pre-law advisory program.

Lori lectures frequently on IP topics and co-chairs PLI conferences on technology and software issues.

Lori graduated from Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1988) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1993).

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New York City, NY

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Number of Awards

23

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Partner at MSD Capital LP

MSD Capital is a private investment firm established in 1998 to exclusively manage the assets of Michael Dell and his family. MSD Capital engages in a broad range of investment activities and has the flexibility to invest in a wide variety of asset classes. MSD has offices located in New York, Santa Monica and West Palm Beach.

Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1993

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

BA Economics
Class of 1988

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

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Current

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The not-for-profit Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” Today, more than 6,000 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Members of INTA find true value in the Association’s global trademark research, policy development and education and training. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington DC and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

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Current

The FPA is the principal public forum in New York City for foreign policy addresses, attracting broad national and international attention. Over the years, U.S. presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, have delivered major addresses before FPA audiences. Through its annual meetings program and World Leadership Forum, the FPA gives members access to discussion and debate on the most critical issues facing America today. More than 60 heads of government have participated in the World Leadership Forum since 2000.

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, Head of IP Group & Co-Head of Privacy, Cybersecurity Group
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Boards & Committees
Member, Steering Committee
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The New York City Investment Fund is a private fund with a civic mission. The Fund has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The New York City Investment Fund Manager invests in the companies located in the US. The firm focuses on companies operating in the fields of fintech, health IT, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. They provide financing for early and growth capital requirements.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

Representative from Alabama's 7th Congressional District

$1,600
2014

Representative from Alabama's 7th Congressional District

$2,600
2013

Representative from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District

Transactions
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Genstar Capital Management LLC, Tekni-Plex, Inc. purchase Grupo Phoenix from OEP Capital Advisors LP

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Blackstone Corporate Private Equity purchases Sphera Solutions, Inc. from Genstar Capital Management LLC

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Sarnova HC LLC, Cardio Partners, Inc. purchase Allied 100 Group, Inc. from Ridgemont Equity Partners

Awards & Honors
Rank #123
2014
Crain's New York Business - Most Connected New Yorkers
1997
Court Admission: Supreme Court of the United States
1995
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Events
Organizer
Harvard Law School - “Celebration 55” Global Women’s Conference

Organizer
Harvard Law School - Class of 1993 15th Reunion

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