Penina K. Lieber

Biography

Penina Lieber is a Partner Of Counsel in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where she is a member of the Corporate and Tax Departments. Her practice concentrates on nonprofit and tax-exempt law. She represents a wide variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, associations and foundations in matters arising throughout their life cycle. She has extensive experience in corporate restructuring, governance and compliance, charitable trust litigation, licensing and accreditation, public private partnerships and transactional joint ventures. She routinely represents her clients before Federal, State and Local regulatory bodies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Attorney General, County Solicitors and Tax Appeal Boards. Penina is listed as a “Best Lawyer in America,” a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” and a “Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh.” She enjoys an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Penina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Penina was a judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Special Counsel to the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in the Hershey Trust litigation.

She is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, where she represents District 3 (Pennsylvania and New Jersey). She has been appointed by the President-Elect to serve as Board Liaison to the following ABA entities: Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law; Standing Committee on Law and National Security; and Standing Committee on Professionalism. She has been a Member of the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk and has chaired the ABA Commission on IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts).

Penina was Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She recently served as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (the Court- approved CLE provider); Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Pennsylvania Woman Governor at Large and other positions within the state and local bar associations. She is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and a member of the Consultative Members Group on Principles of Nonprofit Law, an emerging “Restatement of the Law.” Penina is also a qualified Mediator and early Neutral Evaluator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches the courses in nonprofit and tax-exempt law. She has published three books on nonprofit legal issues: The Tax Treatment of NGO's - Legal, Ethical and Fiscal Frameworks for Promoting NGO's and their Activities, (Kluwer Law International, 2004); The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (Civic Research Institute, 2005); and The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (2007 Annual Supplement). Penina has been a featured speaker at international conferences on the charitable sector in Johannesburg, South Africa and Barbados, West Indies, as well as at many state and national conferences. Penina is also one of the original course planners and continuing lecturers for the PBI Nonprofit Institute.

Ms. Lieber is active within the profession, academic and nonprofit communities. She is the 2015 Recipient of the Anne X. Alpern Award, presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession to a female attorney who has had a significant professional impact in Pennsylvania. She also was the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the Pennsylvania Bar. Penina has served on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Judges' Journal; is a member of the PBA House of Delegates; past At-Large Woman Governor on the PBA Board of Governors and past Chair of two PBA standing committees: the Charitable Organization Committee and the Attorney Discipline Committee.

She is married to Marvin S. Lieber, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has three children: Jessica Lieber Smolar, Assistant United States Attorney; Michele E. Lieber, Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Ally Financial Services; and Rob Lieber, a screenwriter in Hollywood.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh  (M.A.)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Harvard University
    • Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • University of Pittsburgh  (B.A.)
  • University of Grenoble
    • Grenoble, France
  • University of Amsterdam
    • The Netherlands

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • American Bar Association’s Board of Governors, representing Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Liaison to the following ABA entities:
    • Standing Committee on Law and National Security
    • Standing Committee on Professionalism
    • Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Board Program and Evaluation Committee, member
  • Recipient of the Anne X. Alpern Award, 2015
  • President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the Pennsylvania Bar, 2014
  • ABA Commission on IOLTA, Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, President
  • American Law Institute (ALI), Elected Member
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Pittsburgh for Non-Profit/Charities Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List