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, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In 2015, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association Retirement Funds, which has over $5.6 billion in assets and serves over 4,000 participating law firm plans. In 2016, she was appointed to the Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and in 2018 she was appointed to the National Board of Directors of YWCA USA.
In May 2015, The National Law Journal named Ms. Liebenberg as one of the nation’s 75 most “Outstanding Women Lawyers.” Previously, in 2007, The National Law Journal had listed her as one of its “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.” She has been named five times as one of the “Top Ten Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania.” She has long been listed in the highest band-level of leading antitrust lawyers 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 2013 and 2018, 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 has played a key leadership role in countless national initiatives. She was a co-founder of DirectWomen and served as its Chair from 2013-2018. From 2008-11 and 2013-14, she served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. From 2012-13, Ms. Liebenberg was the first Chair of the ABA’s 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. She was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. 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. She also serves as a Leader in Residence at the Center for Women in the Law at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, Ms. Liebenberg has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of issues pertaining to gender, racial and ethnic fairness in the legal profession, corporate boardrooms, and society at large.
Ms. Liebenberg has received a number of honors and awards. In 2016, she was named as a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, which is the highest award bestowed on a woman attorney by the ABA. She received the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award from the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in 2018. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel in 2018. She received the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the ABA Law Practice Division in 2017. In May, 2015, she was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Legal Intelligencer in recognition of her “exemplary career” and “significant impact on the profession.” In April 2014, she was the recipient of the inaugural Chambers Women in Law “Lifetime Achievement Award.” 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.”