BOSTON (December 15, 2010) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Boston partner Edward P. (Ned) Leibensperger has been nominated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
“While we are losing a wonderful partner, this is a remarkable achievement for Ned, and a real capstone to a very distinguished career as our partner, as a first-rate trial lawyer, as a long-time leader in the ABA and as president of the Boston Bar Association,” commented Jeffrey E. Stone, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery.
“We are very proud of Ned, a longtime partner and friend who has done so much for our Firm and its clients. Though we will miss him greatly, we know that Ned's talent, exemplary character, and steadfast commitment to justice and ethics will make him an exceptional addition to the Superior Court bench,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery.
“Ned is an outstanding lawyer who has made substantial contributions to the success of the Boston office of McDermott Will & Emery,” said Mark Pearlstein, partner-in-charge of McDermott's Boston office. “He will be a great addition to the Superior Court.”
Mr. Leibensperger has more than 35 years’ experience practicing law with a focus on civil litigation, particularly in the areas of partnership disputes, professional reliability and corporate governance. His experience includes trials of numerous jury cases in both state and federal courts. He also appears regularly in courts on preliminary injunctions, motions and jury-waived hearings. Mr. Leibensperger has handled appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Additionally, Mr. Leibensperger has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono and community service. McDermott was one of three firms to receive the 2010 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and Mr. Leibensperger received special recognition for his outstanding pro bono work. In 2008, he led McDermott’s partnership with Children’s Rights, a not-for-profit, advocacy organization, in a federal class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the Governor of the State of Michigan and three officials of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) in their official capacities. This case, Dwayne B. v. Granholm, charged the state with violating the constitutional rights of the approximately 19,000 children in its foster care system by failing to protect their safety and well-being and to find them permanent homes. McDermott and Children’s Rights obtained a settlement on the eve of trial that mandated top-to-bottom reform and federal court oversight of Michigan’s long-failing child welfare system and resolved the constitutional claims. Mr. Leibensperger personally devoted more than 600 hours to the case.
Furthermore, Mr. Leibensperger recently served as President of the Boston Bar Association and has previously served as chair of the BBA’s Litigation Section and Professional Liability Committee. He also served as a member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation and was the co-chair of the Committee on Corporate Counsel.
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.