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Leslie Spencer

Ropes & Gray LLP


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.