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Lori E. Lesser
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3393
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Lori Lesser is a Partner in the Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.  She advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, strategic agreements and counseling. She counsels clients in a variety of 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 is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500, has been ranked in the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, “Top 50 Under 45” U.S. IP Lawyers by IP Law and Business, the “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers by The American Lawyer and “The 20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” by Law360. She was named New York City’s “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.

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Work Highlights
  • IP counsel in acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings for:
    • companies including Accenture, Adidas, ADT, AIG, Alibaba, AOL, Barclays Defy Media, Deutsche Bank, Fast Retailing, Google, ITT, JPMorgan, L-3, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Microsoft, Nielsen, NXP, Take-Two Interactive, TD Bank, Travelers, Tyco and Warner Music
    • private equity firms including Apax, Blackstone, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lightyear, Lion Capital, Silver Lake and Vestar
  • IP licensing, outsourcing and strategic agreements for clients including the above and Airvana, Ellucian (formerly Datatel), Galen, Interactive Data Corp., Mars, New York Public Library, Owens-Illinois, Novartis, Sesame Workshop, Sirius XM, Thomson Reuters, Universal Studios, Viacom and Virgin Mobile
  • Litigation, arbitrations and pre-litigation counseling in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and privacy matters
Accolades
  • IP Law and Business, “Top 50 Under 45” U.S. IP Lawyers
  • The American Lawyer, “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. Women Lawyers
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 U.S., “Leading Lawyer”
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation "Top 250 Women in Litigation"
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” for New York City
  • Law360, "20 Most Influential Women in IP Law"
  • Super Lawyers, “Top 100 New York Lawyers” and “Top 50 Women Lawyers”
  • Intellectual Asset Management, “The IAM Strategy 250” — The World’s Leading IP Strategists and “The IAM Licensing 250” – The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners
  • Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing
  • Award of Excellence, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1993 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Harvard University, 1988 A.B.
    magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Associations
  • Partnership Fund for New York City and GreaterNY, Board of Directors
  • David Rockefeller Fellow
  • Radcliffe Insitute's Dean's Advisory Council, Member
  • Harvard Alumni Association, Director
  • Harvard Law School Association of NYC, Immediate Past President
  • ChIPS, Advisory Board Member
  • ProPublica, Business Advisory Council
  • Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Council
  • Harvard Class of 1988, Executive Committee and Class Committee Treasurer
Admissions
  • New York 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 2016

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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