Roberta D. Liebenberg is a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, focusing her practice on antitrust class actions and complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. She served as one of trial counsel for the class in In re Urethanes [Polyether Polyols] Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in a record-setting judgment against Dow Chemical Co. for $1.06 billion after a 4-week jury trial, which was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit. While the case was pending on appeal in the United States Supreme Court, Dow agreed to a settlement for $835 million, the largest settlement ever recovered in a price-fixing case from a single defendant. Ms. Liebenberg has recently been appointed Co-Lead Counsel for the class in In re Railway Industry Employee No-Poach Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2850 (W.D. Pa.), and serves as Lead Counsel for the End-Payer Plaintiff Class in In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2724 (E.D. Pa.). She is defending Southwest Airlines in In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2656 (D.D.C.) and 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 (United States v. Stolt-Nielsen, S.A.).
As Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section’s Trial Practice Committee, Ms. Liebenberg co-chaired the Committee revising the Model Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases. She also served as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary; Chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee; and Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee. She has twice been named “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America, and the Chambers USA Guide has consistently listed her among its highest-ranked plaintiffs’ antitrust lawyers nationwide. Law360 profiled Ms. Liebenberg as one of the “Titans of the Plaintiffs’ Bar.”
Ms. Liebenberg has received other prestigious awards and honors as well. The National Law Journal has named her as one of the country’s 75 most “Outstanding Women Lawyers.” In October 2018, she received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel. She was named as a 2016 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the highest award bestowed on a woman attorney by the American Bar Association. She has been named five times as one of the “Top Ten Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania.”