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Hal Lieberman is the co-author of “New York Attorney Discipline” and the former Principal Trial Attorney and Chief Counsel for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in New York’s First Department.  During the past 17 years, he has defended hundreds of lawyers and law firms before disciplinary and grievance committees in connection with lawyer discipline complaints, formal disciplinary prosecutions, reciprocal discipline proceedings, post-conviction disciplinary proceedings, reinstatements, and matters related to bar admissions before the several New York character and fitness committee.


Practice areas


  1. Ethics / Professional Responsibility: 100%
    1 year

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Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP

600 5th Ave Fl 10
Rockefeller Center
New York, NY, 10020-2323


NYCurrently registered 197103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV® Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyer, Ethics and Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEmery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady2014 - Present
Managing Partner of New York OfficeHinshaw & Culbertson, LLP2004 - 2014
Counsel to the FirmBeldock Levine & Hoffman, LLP1998 - 2000
Chief CounselDepartmental Disciplinary Committee, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Judicial Department1987 - 1998
Assistant Bar CounselLitigation Section, Office of the Bar Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts1983 - 1987
Litigation AssociateCope & Wilson, P.C.1982 - 1983
Executive DirectorCentral Massachusetts Legal Services, Inc.1977 - 1982
Associate Appellate CounselCriminal Appeals Bureau, Legal Aid Society of New York1974 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.Board of Directors1989 - 2012
New York City Bar AssociationCommittee on Professional Judicial Ethics (2013 – Present)N/A
New York State Bar AssociationCommittee on Professional Discipline (1989-Present)N/A
Association of Professional Responsibility Attorneys (APRL)N/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wittels v. Sanford, et al., JAMS Arbitration No. 1410006306N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law Journal"New York Attorney Discipline: Practice and Procedure 2014," Book co-authored with Richard J. Supple and Harvey Prager2014
New York Law JournalIs New York’s Disciplinary System Truly Broken?2014
New York Law JournalShould Disqualification Lead to Discipline?2014
New York Law JournalRecent Developments in Disciplinary Case Law2014
New York Law JournalHow Do I Get Back My Law License?2013
New York Law JournalLawyers Who Commit Crimes: Disciplinary Consequences2013
New York Law JournalAppellate Review of Disciplinary Decisions2013
New York Law JournalDiscipline for 'Private Conduct': Rationale and Recent Trends2013
New York Law JournalNew York's Attorney Discipline System: Does It Meet 'Due Process' Requirements?2012
New York Law JournalAttorney Discipline System: Does It Meet 'Due Process' Requirements?2012
New York Law JournalThe 'Galasso' Case and the Duty of Supervision2012
New York Law JournalNew York's Attorney Discipline System: How Much 'Process' Is 'Due'?2012
New York Law JournalQ&A With Hal R. Lieberman2011
New York Law JournalNew York's Lawyer Disciplinary System - Is it Fair?2010
New York Law JournalWorking Knowledge of Conflict of Interest Rules is Essential2004
New York Law JournalChallenges in Handling Other People's Money2003
New York Law JournalHow to Avoid Common Ethics Problems2002
New York Law JournalPrivate Conduct and Professional Discipline2002
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Six Clients in Search of a Lawyer: Or, Don't Take the Case2002
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Disqualification Denied Again: The Amazonas Case2001
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Prospective Client Perjury: A Lawyer's Dilemma2000
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Do Disbarred Lawyers Have Constitutional Rights?2000
New York Law JournalBe Aware of Ethical Witness Preparation Rules2000
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Gidatex v. Campaniello, The Anti-Contact Rule and Subordinate Employees2000
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)Lawyer Incivility Provokes Three-Month Suspension1999
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)The Future of Attorney Discipline in New York's First Judicial Department1999
Liability UpdateDoes Your Client Have Insurance Coverage?1999
New York Professional Responsibility Report (NYPRR)If William Jefferson Clinton Were Admitted in New York1998
New York Law JournalFederal Judicial Conference Considers New Rules of Attorney Conduct1998
New York Law JournalUse of Collateral Estoppel in Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings1998
New York Law JournalLawyer Incivility is Also Unethical1993
New York Law JournalInformal Discipline in the First Department: 1991 Update (Letters of Caution--Part II)1992
New York Law JournalInformal Discipline in the First Department: 1991 Update (Letters of Admonition--Part I)1992
ALI-ABA MaterialsEthics, Lawyer Misconduct and Sanctions: The Disciplinary Committee Perspective1991
New York Law JournalInformal Discipline: Tool to Upgrade Ethics; Part II: Letters of Caution1991
New York Law JournalInformal Discipline: Tool to Upgrade Ethics; Part I: Admonitions1991
New York Law JournalA Lawyer's Duty to Report Misconduct Under DR 1-103(A)1990
New York Law JournalMandatory Pro Bono: Non-Remedy for a Critical Problem1989
Suffolk University Law School Center for Continuing Professional DevelopmentEthical Considerations for Municipal Counsel Representing Multiple Defendants in Section 1983 Litigation1985
Legal LinesChina's Legal System After the Cultural Revolution: Impressions from a Recent Visit1982
Israel Law Review 413Israel's Legal Aid Law: Remedy for Injusice?1974
2 NCCU Law Journal 55The Legal Significance of the Mental Illness Criterion in the Civil Commitment Process1970
Harvard Law School Alumni BulletinRecruitment and Training of Minority Students: Challenge for the Legal Profession1969
46 North Carolina Review 313Teachers and the 14th Amendment: The Role of the Faculty in the Desegregation Process1968
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
University of ChicagoN/AA.B. cum laude1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEEthics Discipline & Real World Obligations2014
CLEAnswers to Everyday Ethical Questions2014
CLEAnatomy of a Disciplinary Hearing2014
CLECommon Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them2014
ConferenceIntroductory Lessons on Ethics and Civility 20132013
ConferenceEthical Immigration Strategies in the New Legal Environment2010
ConferenceAnnual Seminar on Criminal Law and Ethics2010
ConferenceThe Future of Attorney Discipline2010
CLEConflicts - - and Beyond!2010
ConferenceCharacter and Fitness Panel2009
ConferenceConsider Yourself - New York's New Ethics Rules - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You2009
CLEEthics Updates and Disciplinary Issues2009
CLEThe Ethics on Dealing With Clients' Demands and Demanding Clients2009
CLEIntroductory Lessons On Ethics and Civility2009
CLEEthics: Conflicts, Tripartite Relationships, and New Rules2009
CLEEthics, Discipline and Real World Obligations2009
CLEYou Be the Legal Ethicist2009
ConferenceProblems At The "Top" - Who Manages Risk For The Leaders?2008
CLEDisciplinary Ethics Update2008
CLEIntroductory Strategies On Ethics and Civility In Everyday Lawyering2008
CLEEthics: Discipline and Real World Obligations2008
CLEComplying With Ethical Obligations/Dealing With Fraud In The Client Contest2008
CLEConfronting Ethical Issues Arising During Litigation2008
CLEThe Disciplinary Process: How It Works2008
CLEStaying Out Of Trouble: What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics2008
CLEEthics and Professionalism: Ethical and Unethical Behavior On the Big Screen2008
ConferenceRisk Management Employment Considerations in Lawyer Terminations2007
CLECommon Ethical Problems2007
CLEThey're Here! Are You In Compliance With The New Attorney Advertising Rules? Practical and Ethical Insights2007
CLEEveryday Lessons on Ethics and Civility in Everyday Lawyering2007
CLEWitness Preparation: Effective Advocacy Consistent With The Obligations of Professional Responsibility2007
CLEPractical Strategies for Avoiding Conflicts2007
CLEPractical Solutions to Routine Ethical Issues2007
CLEEthics and Professionalism2007