Eric Liebeler, a former Kirkland & Ellis partner who last year left his role as administrative head of high-powered litigator Beth Wilkinson’s new firm, has joined Stinson Leonard Street as a partner in Washington, D.C.
A litigator who represents clients in range of matters, such as work related to antitrust, breach of contract, class action, construction, intellectual property, international trade, product liability and professional negligence, Liebeler has obtained multimillion dollar summary judgment rulings and full defense verdicts throughout his nearly 30-year career.
Stinson Leonard, formed via a Midwestern merger in 2013, praised Liebeler’s past accomplishments in a statement announcing his addition to the firm.
“We are thrilled that Eric is joining us and bringing his background and talents to our firm,” said Stinson Leonard managing partner Mark Hinderks. “His combination of experience in private practice and as a litigation counsel will help our existing clients and strengthen the services our litigation team can offer new clients.”
Liebeler spent 16 years as a litigator in Kirkland’s Los Angeles office before heading to Minneapolis in 2006 to serve as chief litigation counsel for the automated and control solutions group at conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. In 2010, Liebeler left Honeywell for Siemens AG, where he served as vice president and associate general counsel for litigation at Siemens Corp., the North American arm of the German electronics and industrial giant.
In an interview Monday, Liebeler said that it was Stinson Leonard’s ties to Siemens and Honeywell—the firm has handled litigation work for both companies—that helped draw him to the firm.
“I’ve maintained strong and good relationships with them so it’s a terrific platform for my practice,” said Liebeler, 53.
Liebeler left Siemens in January 2016 to become managing partner of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, a Washington, D.C.-based litigation boutique formed by Wilkinson, fellow former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner Alexandra Walsh and ex-Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Sean Eskovitz in Los Angeles.
But the new firm, which has grown over the past year as it seeks to train a new generation of trial lawyers, saw Liebeler depart in May 2016, just five months after its formation. Liebeler declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding his departure.
At Stinson Leonard, Liebeler is optimistic that his new firm will allow him to continue working on general commercial litigation cases, where his institutional and legal knowledge will best serve clients.
“I’m just looking forward to building my practice back up,” Liebeler said. “I’ve been in-house for a while and I’m really looking forward to being back in court.”