Pope V. Leslie

Leslie V. Pope


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2010
    • Managing Editor,Yale Law Journal, Vol. 119, 2009-2010
  • Cambridge University, M. Phil., 2007
  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 2006


  • Law Clerk, Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2011-2012


  • 2010, Virginia
  • 2013, District of Columbia

Leslie V. Pope litigates complex commercial cases for plaintiffs and defendants nationwide. Leslie has represented clients in a wide range of matters of civil matters, including antitrust, business torts, and contract disputes, in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels.

Leslie also has substantial experience representing music streaming services in proceedings before the Copyright Right Royalty Board, and conducting internal investigations in connection with allegations of misconduct by high-level employees.

Leslie joined Kellogg Hansen in 2012 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Leslie graduated from the Yale Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received a M.Phil in Philosophy from Cambridge University.

Representative Experience

  • Represented manufacturer of networking hardware in antitrust case brought by unauthorized distributor of networking hardware.  Case resolved during trial, as reported by Law 360: Reseller Drops Antitrust Countersuit Against Cisco Midtrial – Law360. Dexon Comput. v. Cisco Sys., 5:22-CV-00053-RWS-JBB.
  • Represented iHeart Communications, Inc. in a dispute with noteholders who had issued notices of default to iHeart on more than $6 billion in debt.  After an expedited trial on the merits in Texas state court, iHeart won a declaratory judgment that the indentures governing iHeart’s notes permitted the challenged transaction.  iHeart Communications, Inc. v. Benefit Street Partners.
  • Represented music streaming service in Copyright Royalty Board rate-setting proceeding to establish statutory mechanical-royalty rates for interactive music streaming.  Case resolved on eve of trial. Determination of Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords IV).
  • Represented music streaming service before the D.C. Circuit in a successful challenge to a Copyright Royalty Board decision, and represented that service in administrative proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board on remand. Determination of Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords III).
  • Represented music streaming service in rate-setting proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board that resulted in the first‑ever royalty rate reduction for the services. Determination of Royalty Rates for Digital Performance in Sound Recordings and Ephemeral Recordings (Web IV).
  • Represented National Credit Union Administration, as liquidating agent, in lawsuits against defendants including Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and UBS, in federal court in New York, California, and Kansas regarding claims that defendants violated securities laws in conjunction with the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities.  Each case resolved before trial.


  • Comment, Hubbert v. City of Pittsburg: The Contested Status of Police Officers’ Subpoenaed Testimony After Garcetti v. Ceballos, 119 Yale L.J. 2143 (2010)