Leslie Schmidt is a partner in Kirkland's New York office. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, downhole tools, and marine seismic. Leslie has litigated patent infringement and trade secret cases, and has tried cases in federal district court and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Leslie also has represented clients in appeals to the Federal Circuit and has argued before the Seventh Circuit. Leslie is a consistent recipient of Kirkland’s Pro Bono Service Award, and currently supervises the veterans benefits program in the New York office.


Thought Leadership


“Does Nautilus Avoid the ‘Zone of Uncertainty?’” ABA News & Development, 6/20/2014


Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award 2008–2010, 2012–2015, 2017

“Rising Star” for Intellectual Property, Law360, 2019

"Legal Lion," Law360, August 2016, January 2018, June 2018


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Massachusetts
  • 2009District of Columbia
  • 2010New York


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


  • English
  • French


  • Boston College Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2008

    Boston College Law School Alumni Association Award

    Editor in Chief of the Law and Religion Program

  • University of Notre DameB.S., Chemistrycum laude2004