Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, is a leader in the field of class action lawsuits. She has been recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent antitrust lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She was also named one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal and has been listed by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania,” the only female lawyer to achieve that distinction."
As a testament of her many years of work in support of gender equality in society and the legal profession, Liebenberg has received numerous awards, including most recently the Florence K. Murray Award from the National Association of Women Judges and the inaugural Chambers Women in Law Award for “outstanding contributions to gender equality and diversity.” Liebenberg also received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award and was honored as a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania” by then-Gov. Edward Rendell. She also received the Lynette Norton Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Liebenberg has held numerous leadership positions in the ABA. This past year, she served as chair of the Task Force on Gender Equity. A former member of the Board of Governors and a longtime member of the House of Delegates, Liebenberg previously served as chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession from 2008-2011 and the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She has also served as chair of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the Litigation Section.
Liebenberg now serves as chair of DirectWomen, an initiative to enable female lawyers to prepare for service as directors on boards of public companies, and she is a leader-in-residence at the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law.
She has held leadership roles in the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations as well as many other organizations, including Vision 2020, the National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
The Commission on Women in the Profession was created in 1987 to assess the status of women in the legal profession, identify barriers to advancement and recommend to the ABA actions to address problems identified. Hillary Rodham Clinton served as its first chair. As the national voice for female lawyers, the commission forges a new and better profession, ensuring that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement commensurate with their male counterparts.
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