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Intellectual Property Litigation Partner Hailed as One of The New York Law Journal’s Top Women in Law

Practices: Intellectual Property Litigation Tags: Diversity


Intellectual property litigation partner Leslie Spencer was selected by The New York Law Journal as one of its “Top Women in the Law” for 2016. Ms. Spencer and her fellow honorees were recognized at a celebratory dinner in New York on Nov. 15.

For this inaugural award, the NYLJ honored the top 30 women attorneys across New York who have “contributed to the profession well beyond the billable hour as volunteers on legal boards and committees, task forces and commissions.” They were chosen from nearly every sector of the law, including corporate dealmakers, public interest lawyers, legal educators, solo practitioners, general counsel and judges, among others.

As a winner, Ms. Spencer was featured (subscription required) in a special NYLJ report on Nov. 14. The profile highlights her experience in software engineering prior to her 15 years in law, as well as her role as co-chair of Ropes & Gray's diversity committee and co-founder of a diversity roundtable series in Silicon Valley.

In response to a question about how the legal profession can improve opportunities for women lawyers, Ms. Spencer said: “Increase effort to developing and retaining the female leadership pipeline. Such initiatives might focus on senior leadership engagement and accountability for gender diversity in law firm partnerships and the C-suite, and development of female leaders by providing leadership training, visibility and client-facing opportunities.”

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