Pennsylvania Fellow Roberta "Bobbi" D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black received the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the American Bar Association's Law Practice Division at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Miami, Florida. This Award honors individuals who have achieved professional excellence in their careers and demonstrated a commitment to diversity. Ms. 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, and white collar criminal defense. She served as one of 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. 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, bringing the total recovery from all defendants to $974 million. In November 2016, Ms. Liebenberg was appointed by the Court as Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiff class in In re Generic Digoxin and Doxycycline Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2724 (E.D. Pa.).
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 twice served as Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was also the first Chair of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. 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. 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. 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 and diversity, antitrust, class actions, and expert witness testimony. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.