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Barbie Dawn Lieber

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Barbie D. Lieber   treats her clients with dignity and compassion.   Her interpersonal skills and knowledge  help to ease the anxiety felt by many of her clients, particularly those clients who are undergoing enormous financial stress or other types of stress.  The legal process can be daunting and Ms. Lieber does everything she can do to make it stress free.   She takes prides on being very approachable and available to her clients.  Her clients never feel alone, but very much part of the process.  Her clients contact her directly rather than paralegals as Ms. Lieber believes that  with 23 years of legal experience, she is best suited to address  all of her clients concerns.  Ms. Lieber understands that each of her clients is an individual who comes with a distinct set of circumstances.  Ms. Lieber approaches the case differently depending on the particular issues at hand.   She applies an individualized approach to each client.   Ms. Lieber's practice is based primarily on referrals by other satisfied clients. 


Barbie D. Lieber is head of the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditor & Debtor Rights and Collections practice and Commercial and Employment Litigation practice, and co-head of the Firm's Real Estate and Employment/Benefits practices.  She began her career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Cornelius J. Blackshear of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  She was previously associated with Tenzer Greenblatt LLP, Luskin Stern & Eisler and White & Case LLP.  Ms. Lieber received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook (B.S., 1984, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society) and her law degree from SUNY Buffalo, (J.D., 1987, with honors).  Ms. Lieber is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Bruce J. Lieber is head of the Firm’s Corporate/Business practice and co-head of the Firm’s Real Estate and Employment/Benefits practices.  He was previously Counsel to Dechert LLP.  Prior to that, he was associated with Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher and before that Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.  Mr. Lieber received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany (B.S., 1982, magna cum laude) and his law degree from SUNY Buffalo, (J.D., 1985, with honors), where he was a member of the Buffalo Law Review.  Mr. Lieber is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is on its Legal Referral Panel for Corporate, Contracts and Real Estate Law.


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Lieber & Lieber, LLP

60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2222
New York, NY, 10165-6233

Lieber & Lieber, LLP

61-43 186th St
Fresh Meadows, NY, 11365


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 25%
    29 years
  2. Chapter 13: 25%
    29 years
  3. Chapter 7: 25%
    29 years
  4. Debt Settlement: 15%
    29 years
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    21 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Gale R. Helfgott

    I have known Barbie almost 20 years. We met at Tenzer Greenblatt, LLP (now known as Blank Rome LLP). I witnessed her successfully handle complex bankruptcies, overcoming all obstacles. Barbie is highly knowledgeable, intelligent, personable, efficient, detail oriented and creative. I often refer bankruptcy, litigation and real estate matters to her because she is the attorney outside my firm that I trust the most. Her services are of an A+ rating, but with very reasonable rates. I always get excellent feedback from the people that I have referred to her. Barbie represents each client as if it were her one and only or a close relative. Since Barbie is also a litigator, she is able to provide additional protection to her bankruptcy and real estate clients, foreseeing and resolving any potential issues. She is a “lawyer’s lawyer,” promptly responding to any inquiries I have concerning litigation, debt/bankruptcy and employment related matters. – G. Helfgott, Esq.


    Gale Helfgott Real estate Attorney
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  • Christy Marie Demelfi

    Barbie is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. She's a true "lawyer's lawyer". She's always willing to assist a fellow attorney and bounce ideas and thoughts off of. She has been extremely helpful in helping to come up with solutions to unique issues in bankruptcy cases. I'm glad she's always around when I need another brain to pick.


    Christy Demelfi Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Speaker at Anniversary Celebration for Judge BlackshearJudge Blackshear's Chambers1996
Award for Most Outstanding StudentState University of New York at Stony Brook1984
Phi Beta KappaState University of New York at Stony Brook1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLIEBER & LIEBER, LLP1997 - Present
Of CounselTRAUB BONACQUIST & FOX LLP1999 - 2001
Bankruptcy AssociateTENZER GREENBLATT(which later merged with BLANK ROME, LLP )1991 - 1997
Bankruptcy AssociateLuskin & Stern1989 - 1991
Associate in Litigation Department Specializing in BankruptcyWHITE & CASE1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember and Judge for Moot Court Competition1987 - Present
New York City Bar Association, Banking Law CommitteeCommittee Member1999 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chapter 13 Casessuccessful modification of 1st mortgage and voiding of second mortgage lien
Sucessful Dismissal of $450,000 Preference Action Commenced by LyondellBaselSucessful Dismissal of Preferential Transfer Law Suit
In re Image Rent A CarObtained dismissal of Chapter 7 Case
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lieber & Lieber, LLP is a contributor to the Prudential Douglas Elliman "Lucia's Green Neighborhood" newsletter, which publishes information of interest to buyers and sellers of real estate.Lieber & Lieber, LLP is a contributor to the Prudential Douglas Elliman "Lucia's Green Neighborhood" newsletter, which publishes information of interest to buyers and sellers of real estate.2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
State University of New York, Stony BrookDouble Major: Psychology and Social SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court CompetitionJudge2016
Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court CompetitionJudge2015
Bankruptcy Court Moot Court CompetitionJudge2014
American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John's University School of LawJudge for Moot Court Competition at St John's School of Law2011
Seminar for New Home Buyers Sponsored by Halstead Property LLCMistakes that First Time Home Buyers Make2005
US Bankruptcy Court Retirement PartySpeaker at Bankruptcy Judge Corneilus Blackshear's Retirement Celebration2000