Hal R. Lieberman
Hal R. Lieberman (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

Richard Emery and his colleagues at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady rely on Hal Lieberman so much for advice that it made sense to have the ethics expert down the hall rather than four blocks away.

As of Sept. 2, Lieberman became a partner at the Emery firm, ending a long-term relationship with Hinshaw & Culbertson, where he was a partner.

For Emery, it’s an opportunity to expand his firm’s presence in legal and government ethics. For Lieberman, it’s a chance to join several longtime friends, return to a firm grounded in civil rights practice and transition from a large international firm to a boutique.

“It opens up a whole new area that we have some presence in—ethics representation of lawyers and law firms and government ethics relations,” Emery said. “We have done it in dribs and drabs, but Hal’s central practice is ethics in each of those areas. Now it will become, because of Hal joining us, a central practice of the firm.”

Lieberman said he was recruited to Emery’s firm and stressed that his exodus from Hinshaw was cordial.

“I saw this as a very nice opportunity to join an excellent litigation boutique with people I have known for a long time and was good friends with,” Lieberman said. “It brings me back to my roots in civil rights and civil liberties law. It is really a perfect fit for me.”

Lieberman is a former chief counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department. He has been with Hinshaw since 2004 and served as partner-in-charge until 2012. Previously, he was a partner in the New York office of Edwards & Angell. He writes a column on professional discipline for the Law Journal.