Laurie Stempler

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Laurie Stempler is Special Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property issues and, in particular, patent matters.

Ms. Stempler has represented clients in offensive and defensive litigation involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Her caseload has spanned a wide variety of technologies, including computer architecture, web applications, medical devices and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and mobile phone hardware and software. She has extensive experience managing all aspects of litigation. She has led pre-suit investigations, conducted portfolio diligence, managed intensive fact and expert discovery, successfully argued and defeated motions for summary judgment and Daubert motions, and guided clients through successful settlement negotiations. She has also advised clients on developing and licensing patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Stempler was a key member of the trial team that secured a $82.5 million jury verdict on behalf of IBM in 2018. She has also had the honor of representing U.S. veterans as a volunteer lawyer for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. Ms. Stempler’s decision to pursue a career in intellectual property stemmed from her love of learning how things work, whether it be an electronic device or the human brain. Today, she is happy to participate in a formal mentoring program for students with similar developing interests.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Chiefs in IP (ChIPs)
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Chief


  • Co-authored a 3-article series for Law360 on apportionment in patent damages:
    • “How Licensing Affects Patent Damages Apportionment: Part 1,” Law360 (March 17, 2020)
    • “How Licensing Affects Patent Damages Apportionment: Part 2,” Law360 (May 7, 2020)
    • “How Licensing Affects Patent Damages Apportionment: Part 3,” Law360 (June 3, 2020)
  • Kelsey Nix and Laurie Stempler, “The Federal Circuit’s Interpretation and Application of the MedImmune Standard for Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction,” 19 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 309, 331 (2011)
  • Kelsey Nix and Laurie Stempler, “Federal Circuit Ignites Interest in False Patent Marking Lawsuits” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (Oct. 2010)
  • Laurie Stempler, “Point and Click to Protect Public Health: Taking Charge of Information Dissemination Over the Internet During a Public Health Emergency,” 73 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1253, 1591 (2008)

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