- Firm: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Hal R. Lieberman, currently the Partner In Charge of the New York office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has focused his practice for more than 20 years on professional liability and legal ethics. Before representing lawyers and law firms in private practice, Mr. Lieberman served for 13 years as Principal Trial Attorney and then Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. In addition to advocating for lawyers and law firms, Mr. Lieberman has provided expert testimony or opinions in approximately 35 civil litigations involving legal ethics and malpractice, and is also a court-appointed special mediator for the First Department’s Complaint Mediation Panel. Mr. Lieberman graduated from the University of Chicago cum laude and Harvard Law School.
He lectures widely and has published numerous articles on legal ethics. Mr. Lieberman served as an adjunct professor on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School from 1989 to 2001, and has been a visiting lecturer on legal ethics at a number of other law schools. In 1996, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and served on the members’ consultative group for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers. He formerly chaired the Committee on Professional Discipline of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, has been accredited by the Continuing Legal Education Board of New York to provide ethics and professionalism courses to law firms and legal offices, and has conducted seminars for AMLaw100 and other large national law firms as well as for government agencies.
Mr. Lieberman is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court, various federal jurisdictions, and the State of Israel. He is AV rated.
Rick Supple is an experienced trial lawyer and mediator who concentrates his practice in the representation of law firms and lawyers in professional ethics-related litigation and appeals, including discipline, sanction, admission, malpractice partnership and fee disputes and disqualification matters. He also represents law firms in internal investigations.
Mr. Supple is also experienced in representing companies in significant class action litigation, mass tort cases, intellectual property matters, securities litigation and other commercial disputes.
Mr. Supple joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2004. Before entering private practice in 1999, he was Principal Trial Attorney for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. In that position he investigated and prosecuted numerous complex disciplinary matters, including approximately 20 reported cases involving formal hearings. Before joining the Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Supple was a staff attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York, where he represented indigent criminal defendants and handled many felony jury trials.
Mr. Supple is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute and a member of Committee on Professional Discipline of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
In the Fall of 2005, Mr. Supple completed intensive training in mediation from the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law’s top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Publications and Presentations
Mr. Supple’s publications include "Private Conduct and Professional Discipline," New York Law Journal, July 23, 2002.
Mr. Supple is a frequent lecturer, and has taught or been a panelist at dozens of CLE programs in New York area and elsewhere.