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Eric C. Liebeler

Siemens Corporation
Vice President & Associate General Counsel - Litigation
Washington, DC, USA


Eric C. Liebeler

Summary Work Experience

  • 2010-present VP & AGC, Siemens Corp. (Washington, DC)
  • 2006-2010 ACS Chief Litigation Counsel (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
    •  General Counsel, Honeywell Sensing & Control (interim)
  • 1995 2006 Partner, Commercial Litigation, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Los Angeles)
  • 1990 1995 Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Los Angeles)
  • 1989 1990 Judicial Clerk, The Honorable J.L. Edmondson
    •  United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


Current Position

Executive primarily responsible for managing Siemens litigation in the United States.  Six direct reports.  Docket includes significant class action, product liability, intellectual property, copyright, trade secret, general commercial, regulatory, ATS, RICO and FCA matters.  Responsibilities include general litigation policy setting, retention & management of outside counsel, strategic decision-making, risk assessment, litigation prevention, budget projection & management, and discovery.

Representative Experience in Private Practice

Trial practice and client counseling in wide variety of commercial and business litigation matters, including contracts, products liability, M&A, restructuring and copyright matters in state and federal courts. Seven trials. Numerous injunction and other evidentiary hearings.  Significant complex litigation experience.

Argued appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth and Federal Circuits and the California Court of Appeals.

CCT v. Lockheed:
Principal architect and second chair of seven week jury trial in commercial breach of contract, fraud, and intentional interference claim stemming from a teaming agreement to upgrade mission computers on the B 1B bomber aircraft. Representing plaintiff, received $64.5 million jury verdict.
 

  • Jury found for plaintiffs on all claims, including punitive damages.
  • Case listed in American Lawyer's "Top Ten Verdicts for the First Quarter 2001 (June, 2001) and Corporate Counsel Magazine's "Getting Slammed:  20 Largest Verdicts to Hit Corporations During First Half of 2001 (August 2001).
  • Trial court reduced damages to $34 million; judgment upheld on Lockheed's appeal.

In Re Fleming:
Lead litigation counsel for debtors in multi-billion dollar bankruptcy proceeding.

  • Successfully litigated objections to reorganization plan (trial).
  • Obtained summary judgment against $200 million copyright claim.
  • Precluded significant customer from terminating $50 million dollar contract (trial).
  • Litigated constructive trust class action (matter settled after contested evidentiary hearing).
  • Successfully enjoined state from prosecuting company executive on felony bad check charges.
  • Primarily responsible for litigating 1500+ avoidance actions; projected recoveries of $25+ million.
  • Effectively managed a team of 20+ associates and junior partners.


Fantauzzo v. Razor USA, LLC
Lead counsel for defendant in consumer class action alleging defect in motorized electric scooters. Defeated TRO on emergency basis; case settled for nominal amount.

TV Azteca v. Citicorp Venture Capital
Obtained summary judgment on several $100-million-plus tort claims by failed bidder against seller of television station.

Star Milling v. Solar Aquafarms:
Lead trial counsel for defendant/counterclaimant in three week jury trial in breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation case for Chiquita Brands subsidiary.

  • Obtained complete defense verdict, and significant recovery (including full attorney's fees) on counterclaim. 

G.E. Capital v. DIRECTV
Second chair at eight week jury trial in the District of Connecticut in complex financial-services breach of contract case.
Case lost; settled on appeal.

Kemp v. Kraft:
Lead counsel defending Kraft in breach of contract action relating to a $20 million asset sale. Obtained summary judgment on two of three claims; third claim settled for a nominal sum.

DEP Corp. v. S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.:
Represented S.C. Johnson in action involving $45 million sale of two hair care brands.  Obtained summary judgment on five of six claims. Sixth claim settled for a nominal sum.

T&P Custom Marketing v. Estornell:
Successfully defended Chiquita subsidiary in breach of contract and tort case related to importation of grape juice concentrate. Case dismissed after contested evidentiary hearing as to whether contract was forged.

Tipton v. General Motors:
Obtained defense verdict in products liability action involving inertial unlatching of restraint system. Lead counsel on successful resolution of appeal.

Ameritec v. Ameritech:
Represented Ameritech in breach of contract and unfair competition case arising from selection of new corporate logo. After bench trial in Central District of California, achieved complete defense verdict, including substantial attorneys' fee award.

Kanuth v. Bakewell
Represented seller of municipal bond company in an NASD arbitration over rights to an incentive compensation pool.


Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1989
    • Article Editor, Duke Law Journal
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Political Science 1985
Eric C. Liebeler is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , Mechanicsburg, PA
International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , Birmingham, AL
International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , Pittsburgh, PA
International Arbitration 2014 , Monday, June 09, 2014 , Philadelphia, PA
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