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Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2014: Get Fluent in Technology

Author(s): Lori E. Lesser, Peter Brown
Practice Area: Intellectual Property, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Published: Nov 2014
PLI Item #: 50577
CHB Spine #: G1209

Peter Brown has focused on Information Technology matters in large national law firms and specialized boutiques in New York for over 25 years. He is currently the principal of Peter Brown & Associates PLLC, a New York based law firm concentrating in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and general business practice.

Recently, “The Best Lawyers in America” ® publication honored him as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Technology Law 2014-2015 for New York City.

Mr. Brown has experience in a wide variety of litigations relating to the Internet, computer technology and Intellectual Property.  He regularly appears in both federal and state courts throughout the United States.   In addition, Mr. Brown acts as an arbitrator and mediator on IT and IP matters.

Throughout his career he has drafted and negotiated a broad array of agreements relating to the Internet, outsourcing, software development, Internet apps and e-commerce.

Mr. Brown co-authored the leading treatises Emerging Technologies and the Law and Computer Law.  He also co-authors a monthly column on Information Technology Law for the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Brown is regularly featured as a speaker at the International Technology Law Association, local bar associations and other professional organizations in the US and abroad.

The Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition (affiliated with U.S. News & World Report), rated Peter Brown & Associates PLLC a First Tier Technology Law firm in New York City.  Chambers USA, New York Metro Superlawyers and other ratings organization have all given Mr. Brown high ratings in the fields of IT and IP. For further information see 

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. Ms. Lesser advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, licensing, outsourcing and strategic agreements, counseling and litigation in fields including media and entertainment, computer software and technology, financial information, apparel, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, internet, mobile and social media services and nonprofits.

  • Ms. Lesser has represented companies including Accenture, Adidas, AIG, Airvana, Alibaba, Alloy Digital, AOL, Deutsche Bank, Ellucian, Fast Retailing, Galen, Google, Interactive Data Corp., ITT, JPMorgan, L-3, Mars, Microsoft, New York Public Library, Nielsen, Novartis, NXP, Owens-Illinois, Sesame Workshop, Sirius XM, TD Bank, Thomson Reuters, Travelers, Tyco, Universal Studios, Viacom, Virgin Mobile, Warner Music and Wyeth (now Pfizer). She has represented private equity firms including Apax, Blackstone, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lightyear, Lion Capital, Silver Lake and Vestar.
  • 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, while her IP litigation practice comprises trial and appellate work and WIPO arbitrations.

Ms. Lesser is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and The 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), the “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers (The American Lawyer) and “The 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.

Ms. Lesser 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 the Citizens Budget Commission. She is President of the Harvard Law School Association of NYC, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Harvard Law School Association and the Executive Committee of the Harvard Class of 1988. She is on the Steering Committee of the Kate Stoneman Project, the Business Advisory Council of ProPublica, the Leadership Council of Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and the Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Board.

Ms. Lesser lectures and publishes frequently on IP topics and co-chairs PLI conferences on technology and software issues.

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