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Roberta D. Liebenberg

Roberta D. Liebenberg

Fine Kaplan and Black

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Roberta ("Bobbi") Liebenberg is a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. She served as one of four trial counsel for the plaintiff class in In re Urethanes [Polyether Polyols] Antitrust Litigation, a price-fixing case which resulted in a record-setting judgment against Dow Chemical Co. for $1.06 billion after a 4 week jury trial that was later unanimously affirmed by the Tenth Circuit.  Dow recently agreed to a settlement for $835 million, bringing the total recovery from all defendants to $974 million.   She also successfully defended a high-level shipping company executive accused of criminal violations of the Sherman Act in a landmark case where the District Court dismissed the indictment after finding that the Antitrust Division breached its promise of amnesty in an Amnesty Agreement (United States v. Stolt-Nielsen, S. A.).

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 twice served as Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton.  She was also the Chair of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force.  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, the only organization whose mission is to identify and support qualified women attorneys to serve on corporate boards. In addition, she served as a Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and serves as a Vice Chair of Vision 2020, a national organization dedicated to achieving gender equality by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Ms. Liebenberg has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of subjects, including gender equality, antitrust, class actions, and expert witness testimony.

In recognition of her professional accomplishments and longstanding efforts to help women advance and succeed, Ms. Liebenberg has received numerous awards and honors. In 2015, the National Law Journal named Ms. Liebenberg as one of the country's 75 most "Outstanding Women Lawyers." Previously, in 2007, the National Law Journal listed her as one of its "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America."  She was recently named as a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, which is the highest award bestowed on a woman attorney by the ABA.  She was named as a "Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania" by former Governor Edward Rendell; received the Florence K. Murray Award from the National Association of Women Judges; the Sandra Day O'Connor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association; and the Lynette Norton Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily legal newspaper. Chambers Women in Law has conferred upon her its "Outstanding Achievement Award" as well as its Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Gender Diversity and Equality."   She has been named several times as one of the “Top Ten Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania,” and is the only woman in Pennsylvania ever to receive this designation.

Roberta D. Liebenberg is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Continued Under-Representation of Women on Corporate Boards: The Underlying Reasons, and How Change Can Be Effectuated - Women Lawyers in Leadership 2017, Thursday, January 26, 2017
First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table (one page description), Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, available for download at no cost at www.ambar.org/FirstChairs (2015) - Women Lawyers in Leadership 2017, Thursday, January 26, 2017
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