Richard Lieberman - Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

Richard Lieberman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 602-262-5935


Mr. Lieberman serves on the firm's Management Committee and is the former Chair of the firm's Corporate, Securities and Finance Department. He has extensive experience in a broad range of business law issues, including securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, finance and banking, employment, executive compensation, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, litigation and legislation.  His experience includes a wide variety of industries, including energy, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, services, biotechnology, communications and others.  He was selected by Best Lawyer's in America as the Phoenix "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Governance.

He has served as in-house General Counsel and outside counsel to a variety of companies, ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Lieberman has counseled boards and senior management on issues pertinent to growing companies as well as those experiencing a crisis situations. 

Mr. Lieberman represents companies in securities and other regulatory compliance, capital market transactions, contract negotiations, company policy and plan development, and ethical compliance. He was General Counsel to an international commercial finance company. He also supervised its internal audit, shareowner services, and corporate communications departments, chaired its ethics committee, and performed other business functions. He served as counsel to the company in its finance and treasury operations, negotiated debt agreements and offerings in excess of $7 billion. He was also responsible for compliance with the securities and employment laws, as well as, mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, lease negotiations and U.S. and international service marks.

He is a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor 

University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignBS 1981University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignJ.D. 1984
State Bar of Arizona Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors

Case History

$11 Billion Restructuring of The FINOVA Group Inc. — Principal in-house attorney to organize the bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring of FINOVA, including the restructuring of its debt, the US and foreign case administration, related litigation and corporate matters.
Myriad Merger and Acquisition transactions — Counsel to sellers and buyers in many M&A transactions ranging in size up to $11 billion.
Public and Private Finance Transactions — Counsel to public and private issuers of debt and equity in transactions ranging up to $1.5 billion, in the US and globally.
Treasury and Banking Matters — Counsel to clients in bank regulatory and treasury related matters, including  bank acquisitions, regulatory licensing and compliance, SWAP transactions, cash management agreements, lending transactions, letters of credit and other matters.
Energy Law Transactions — Primary counsel for an electric utility in its $371 million acquisition of a 50% interest in a gas-powered electric generation station and assumption of operational control for the other participant.
Manufacturing M&A Transactions — Counsel for various manufacturers and circuit-board assembly companies  in the aerospace, medical and technology fields.

Client Comments

"Rick Lieberman was instrumental in helping us sell our technology company with a win-win outcome for all parties. The transaction was a model success story. We were under extraordinary time constraints during the acquisition, and Rick was calm, intelligent, and focused throughout the process. Rick is able to explain the long-term consequences of strategic options, so that we were able to make good decisions quickly."

-Brenda McCaffrey
Kolea Technology

"Rick Lieberman is the consummate transaction attorney. He is smart, thorough, and experienced. He protected the client's interests every step of the way in a complicated acquisition by a major financial services company. At the same time, he showed flexibility and resourcefulness in finding ways around potential "deal-killing" issues. Besides being a great communicator, Rick was always a voice of reason throughout the transaction - with a nice dose of humor when everyone needed to keep things in perspective. I look forward to working with Rick again in the future!"

-Tyler Comann
Managing Director
Vrolyk & Company

Office Location

One East Washington Street, Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2554
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Phoenix Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance Law of the Phoenix Metro Area
Richard Lieberman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Richard Lieberman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Banking, Business Planning, Emerging Business, Energy Companies, Private, Private Equity, Private Placements, Securities, Transactions)
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law (Capital Markets, Corporate, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Disclosure, Fraud, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Regulatory, Transactions)

Other Information

Gender: Male