Roberta (“Bobbi”) D. Liebenberg is a senior 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. She is now Lead Counsel for the End Payer Class in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation, which is the largest pending antitrust MDL in the country. She was also one of trial counsel for the class in the Urethanes Antitrust Litigation, where a $1.06 billion judgment was entered against Dow Chemical Company after a four week jury trial. That was the largest price-fixing judgment ever. She is a principal in The Red Bee Group, a women-owned consulting group that uses data-based strategies to attain DEI objectives. In 2015, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association Retirement Funds, which has over $5.5 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.
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.” The National Law Journal also named her as one of the “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” in 2019. 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, 2018, and 2020, 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, after serving as Vice Chair from 2011-2013. 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 2017-2020, she was Co-Chair of the ABA Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law. From 2012-13, she 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 VisionForward, a national organization based in Philadelphia devoted to achieving gender equality. She served 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 spoken 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 was inducted into the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2019. 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 the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2019, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel in 2018, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Legal Intelligencer in 2015, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers Women in Law in 2014. She received the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the ABA Law Practice Division in 2017. In January 2014, she was named the recipient of the inaugural “Sharing Her Passion” Award by the Ms. JD organization. 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. Ms. Liebenberg is also the recipient of the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association, the highest honor bestowed on a woman attorney by it. 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.