A founding and co-managing partner of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP, Meryl Fiedler Lieberman helped grow the firm from four lawyers at its inception in 1996 to nearly 100 lawyers today, with offices in six states, and a liaison office in London. Her practice concentrates in environmental and toxic tort coverage litigation; complex insurance coverage disputes; and counseling involving products liability, premises liability, intellectual property and advertising injury, employment liability and discrimination, directors and officers liability, property damage and first-party coverage, general liability, and insurance policy drafting. She has litigated through appeal many major declaratory judgment and rescission actions nationwide.
Ms. Lieberman has been selected to New York Super Lawyers every year since 2007 and was one of the top 25 lawyers named in Westchester County for many years. She serves on the firm’s Management and Finance Committees.
Ms. Lieberman was one of only 50 students nationwide accepted into the pilot class of urban Legal Studies, a six-year B.A/J.D. joint-degree program with City College of New York and New York Law School. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1978 and her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1981 at the age of 23, and served as Research editor of the Law Review. She was the recipient of the Murray Stockman Memorial Award for the highest average in evidence.
Always grateful to New York Law School’s Office of Career Planning for its assistance in securing her meaningful employment upon her graduation, Ms. Lieberman has hired more than 10 NYLS students, five of whom are currently partners in the firm. She also has participated in the Law School’s summer internship program for the last six years, hiring three to four second-year students per year, and is committed to mentoring NYLS students upon their graduation.
Ms. Lieberman was a member of a special advisory panel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She participated in a focus group of drafting guidelines for the insurability of housing containing lead-based paint issued by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a standards-setting organization. She is a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society. She is a sustaining fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ms. Lieberman is on the faculty for the graduate program of the Litigation Management College, sponsored by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, teaching complex insurance coverage to insurance professionals. She also is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences and an author on many topics concerning insurance coverage.
Ms. Lieberman serves on the Northeast Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. The firm is a supporter of Wounded Warriors, the Special Olympics, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of Westchester, and the Sharing Shelf of Westchester. She and her husband, Dr. Howard Gould, live in New York City and Southampton.