About Lee

About Lee

I am Lee Gesmer.

This blog provides legal information, not legal advice. It seems silly to say this, but you shouldn’t do anything that might affect your legal rights based on  what you read here. You should consult your own lawyer. (Yes, that was silly – who would rely on a blog written by someone they don’t know?).

My Background

I grew up in a suburb of Boston and went to school in Boston. After graduating from Boston College Law School (great school, highly recommend it) in 1979 I impulsively decided to explore regions outside of New England for a change, and migrated to Washington, D.C., to work at the antitrust and litigation powerhouse now known as “Howrey” (then Howrey, Simon, Baker & Murchison). [Update: Howrey folded in the spring of 2011].

After a couple of years I decided to return to Boston (which I had concluded was greatly preferable to D.C. on most counts) before I expired from overwork at Howrey.  It seemed that the firm’s modus operandi was to load associates up with weekend-long fantasy research projects on Friday afternoons.  The projects would then be placed in the circular file on Monday morning, but generating huge billings to Howrey’s wealthy corporate clients.

To my great good fortune upon returning to Boston I obtained employment at the Boston firm Choate, Hall & Stewart, where I worked at a much more gentlemanly pace (but still quite hard) with much nicer people, and was given vastly more experience and responsibility.

As the “PC Revolution” took shape in the early ’80s it dawned on me that a firm that focused on the computer industry might provide clients with skills that the seemingly technology-illiterate (and then-disinterested) firms in the area lacked. Today people take technology for granted, but in 1986 this was unimaginable.  Almost no one owned a computer, much less laptop computers or smart phones. No one that I was aware of foresaw the Internet, the digitization of music and books, the explosion of information and data, the benefits (and challenges) technology would bring to the economies of the world. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Spotify – none of these companies existed, or was even imaginable. Apple was a moribund, IBM-PC also-ran.

I was right in the early ’80s, and more than thirty years later I’m still right.  I know that my original vision was on target, and that Gesmer Updegrove LLP has been able to keep up with the amazing  changes in technology and provide extraordinary legal representation to high technology clients around the globe.

The photos of Boston in the late 1800s and early 1900s that appear in the masthead of this blog are mostly taken from the Library of Congress “American Memory” collection. The subliminal message they are intended to communicate is that while things change slowly in the short-term, they change enormously over the long term.

To learn more about Gesmer Updegrove LLP and me, read this interview at the Boston Bar Association site.