Name: Leslie M. Spencer
Firm Name: Ropes & Gray LLP
Jurisdiction: USA - California
Practice Area: IP Litigation Law

Telephone: +1 650 617 4710
Fax: +1 650 617 4090
Email: Leslie.Spencer@ropesgray.com

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Professional Biography:

Leslie Spencer, co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee, is a partner in the IP litigation practice working in the firm’s New York and West Coast offices. Leslie counsels clients on intellectual property matters involving software, computer networks and security, semiconductors, financial technology (“FinTech”), blockchain and artificial intelligence, among other technologies. She has over 15 years of experience litigating patent disputes in federal district court, including at Markman hearing, trial and appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Leslie is also a registered patent attorney, and appears before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice also involves advising clients on IP asset protection, IP transactions and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Leslie has been recognized by New York Law Journal as one of thirty “Top Women in Law 2016,” and among New York Metro Super Lawyers since 2013.

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


At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. We see our individual differences as an asset that enhances the quality of life for each of us and strengthens what we can accomplish as a firm.

The firm works hard to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. Our diversity committee, led by partners Leslie Spencer and Joan McPhee, hosts programs and events, addresses policy issues, and works to ensure that diversity remains a key focus across all of our offices. With the help of resources such as the Ropes Multicultural Group, LGBTQ Forum, Women’s Forum, and professional development and attorney support teams, we offer educational programs and seminars to our firm community.

Firm Overview:

Joining Ropes & Gray means becoming part of a global network of 1,200 professionals working across three continents and 17 time zones. And that translates into exciting career opportunities for entry-level candidates and experienced lawyers alike.