Lee T. Gesmer

Senior Counsel

Disputes are inevitable, but Lee has 40 years of experience helping clients resolve them in a way that makes the most business sense. He is one of the founders of Gesmer Updegrove, and has been at the firm since “day one” in 1986, when the firm was the legal equivalent of “two guys in a garage.” Lee is an experienced business and intellectual property litigation attorney. He has represented the firm’s clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His practice focuses on IP and business litigation, including copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, antitrust, contract and noncompetition law. One of the skills of which he is proudest is his ability to make complex technology and business issues relatively easy for judges and juries to understand; to “keep it simple,” but not “too simple.”

Disputes are inevitable, but Lee has 40 years of experience helping clients resolve them in a way that makes the most business sense. He is one of the founders of Gesmer Updegrove, and has been at the firm since “day one” in 1986, when the firm was the legal equivalent of “two guys in a garage.” Lee is an experienced business and intellectual property litigation attorney. He has represented the firm’s clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His practice focuses on IP and business litigation, including copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, antitrust, contract and noncompetition law. One of the skills of which he is proudest is his ability to make complex technology and business issues relatively easy for judges and juries to understand; to “keep it simple,” but not “too simple.”

Background & Experience

Experience

An adaptive, practical and persuasive style. When handling disputes — whether in court, arbitration or in the “pre-dispute” phase (where many disputes are resolved), Lee pursues a highly focused approach, attempting to identify key issues early and to avoid inefficient discovery practices. A highly strategic and practical thinker, Lee guides our clients toward the most efficient and inexpensive dispute resolution. He counsels clients in ways to avoid disputes and to explore non-court-room alternatives such as mediation and arbitration. Lee is a certified mediator and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Neutrals and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) , with extensive experience in intellectual property and business arbitration.

Lee holds AV and Judicial AV rating ratings from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Director. He was named one of the “Top Players in High-Tech Intellectual Property” by the National Law Journal. He has been involved with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) as an organizer and speaker at numerous seminars and conferences. He has been extensively involved with the Boston Bar Association, acting as co-chair for the Business Litigation and Computer and Internet Law Sub-Committees, and co-chair of the BBA Intellectual Property Section. For three years he served as a member of the BBA’s governing Council.

Lee has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, an honor received by only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys, every year from 2004 to 2020.

Lee is the author of Massachusetts Employment Law, Chapter 20: “Employee Noncompetition Agreements” (co-author 2009, 2011 and 2013 supplements), published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

 

Education/Training

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Boston College, B.A., 1976, Economics

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Memberships

  • 2010-2013 Boston Bar Association Governing Council
  • 2004-2008 – Member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee on Business and Commercial Law
  • 2004-2006 – Co-Chair Boston Bar Association Internet Law Subcommittee
  • 2001-2003 – Co-Chair Boston Bar Association Litigation Subcommittee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Neutrals and Mediator
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Admissions

  • Massachusetts
Awards & AccoladesUS News & World Report Best Lawyers 2021

Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2021

2020 New England Super LawyersUS News & World Report Best Lawyers 20202019 New England Super Lawyers2018 New England Super Lawyers
Awards & Accolades
US News & World Report Best Lawyers 2021

Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2021

2020 New England Super Lawyers
US News & World Report Best Lawyers 2020
2019 New England Super Lawyers
2018 New England Super Lawyers