Roberta Liebenberg

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Roberta (“Bobbi”) D. Liebenberg is a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense.

Ms. Liebenberg served as Co-Lead Counsel and one of trial counsel for the plaintiff class in In re Urethanes [Polyether Polyols] Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1616 (D. Kan.). After a four-week trial, a jury returned a verdict for the class against The Dow Chemical Company in excess of $400 million, before trebling.  The Court later entered judgment for $1.1 billion.  She has also served as Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiff classes in In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1957 (N.D. Ill.) ($18 million settlement); and In re Providian Financial Corp. Credit Card Terms Litigation, MDL No. 1301 (E.D. Pa.) ($105 million settlement). 

Ms. Liebenberg was one of defense trial counsel in United States v. Stolt Nielsen, S.A., a complex and landmark criminal matter in which she successfully defended a high-level executive charged with violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The charges were all dismissed after a three-week bench trial on a motion to dismiss the indictment. United States v. Stolt Nielsen, S.A., 524 F. Supp. 2d 609 and 524 F. Supp. 2d 586 (E.D. Pa. 2007). She also successfully defended Southwest Airlines in an antitrust action brought against it in Love Terminal Partners, L.P. v. City of Dallas, 527 F. Supp. 2d 538 (N.D. Tex. 2007).

She is Vice Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Trial Practice Committee; Chaired the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary; served as Chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee and also as Co-Chair of the Multi-District Litigation Committee; and was Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee.

The National Law Journal named Ms. Liebenberg as one of its “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.”  She has been named several times as one of the “Top Ten Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania,” and is the only woman in Pennsylvania to receive this designation.  She has long been listed in the highest band-level of leading antitrust lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, which has described her as "a first-class litigator" and stated that "she truly is one of the most talented and accomplished antitrust lawyers in the country." In October 2013, Best Lawyers in America named her as Philadelphia “Lawyer of the Year” in Antitrust Litigation.

Ms. Liebenberg has held leadership roles in numerous organizations focused on the advancement of women in the legal profession and played a key leadership role in countless national initiatives. She now serves as Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. She previously served as Chair of the Commission from 2008-2011, and was Chair of the ABA's Gender Equity Task Force from August 2012-August 2013.  She was Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, and also served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee.  Ms. Liebenberg is a co-founder and now the Chair of DirectWomen, a national organization whose mission is to identify and prepare qualified women attorneys to serve on corporate boards.  She was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.  She is one of just two Americans who serve on the Chambers Women in Law Advisory Board. In addition, she is a Visionary Delegate and Vice Chair of Vision 2020, a national organization based in Philadelphia that is dedicated to achieving gender equality by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.  Ms. Liebenberg is a Leader in Residence at the Center for Women in the Law at the University of Texas School of Law.  She is also a member of the Board of the National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation.

In recognition of her longstanding efforts to help women advance and succeed, Ms. Liebenberg has received a number of honors and awards.  In January 2014, she was named the recipient of the inaugural “Sharing Her Passion” Award by the Ms. JD organization, which is given to a woman who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice.  In January 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural Chambers Women in Law Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Gender Diversity and Equality.”  In November, 2012, she received the Florence K. Murray Award from the National Association of Women Judges.  That Award is given to someone who has opened doors and advanced opportunities for women attorneys.  Ms. Liebenberg is also the recipient of the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association.  This Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments, and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.  In October, 2006, she was named by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell as a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania” for her leadership and contributions to the State.  In April, 2003, she was named as the first recipient of the Lynette Norton Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.  That Award was given to her in recognition of her outstanding litigation skills and mentoring.


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