Eric Liebman has represented the business and litigation interests of public and private companies and individuals for over 20 years. He has substantial experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters across industry segments. Eric counsels clients in litigation relating to:
- employment and labor;
- cannabis law;
- trade secrets;
- intellectual property;
- real estate;
- homeowner association representation;
- business torts;
- class action defense;
- insurance coverage;
- oil and gas;
- trust; and
- estate matters.
He also has significant experience in attorney ethics matters and provides disciplinary defense to attorneys where needed.
Focused on efficient, economic dispute resolution, Eric realizes that litigation is not always the best or only solution to achieve favorable results. He has in-depth experience with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. His comprehensive litigation experience also provides him with the expertise to handle related transactional matters, such as in the industries of banking, cannabis law, construction, and real estate.
Eric has conducted more than 100 jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and evidentiary and procedural hearings, including defending against several class action cases. These have taken place in the federal, bankruptcy, and state courts, before arbitral hearing panels, as well as in several administrative agencies and self-regulatory organizations. He has also briefed and argued numerous appeals, in federal and state courts of appeal, the Colorado Supreme Court, and before self-regulatory organizations.
Eric has handled numerous proceedings in other states, including Wyoming, New York, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Texas. In addition, he has extensive experience in cases before:
- the American Arbitration Association;
- the Judicial Arbiter Group;
- the Securities and Exchange Commission;
- the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA", previously the National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD"));
- the NASD National Adjudicatory Council;
- the Certified Financial Planner Board;
- the Colorado Presiding Disciplinary Judge/Attorney Regulation Committee;
- the Colorado Board of Law Examiners;
- the Colorado Department of Labor; and
- within the municipal systems of Denver and Colorado Springs.
Eric has taken and defended over 100 depositions in Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, as well as abroad in London, England; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Larnaka, Cyprus. Eric has also represented clients in almost 100 mediations throughout Colorado, as well as in Michigan and Illinois.
Eric began his career as a law clerk for then-Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony F. Vollack. He is active on the CBA’s Ethics Committee, serves on The Colorado Lawyer's Board of Editors, and has chaired the Judicial Performance Commission for the 17th Judicial District, a position to which he was appointed by former Colorado Senate President Stanly T. Matsunaka. He is also completing a 10-year term on the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners, to which he was appointed by former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey.
Eric is committed to giving back to the community. He served on the Board of Family Star, a nonprofit that provides early education opportunities to underserved populations, and is a past recipient of the CBA’s Metro Volunteer Lawyers Award.
Eric is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Illinois. He has been admitted to practice by courts in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Wyoming.
Publications and Articles
“Representing Clients in the Marijuana Industry: Navigating State and Federal Rules”
The Colorado Lawyer, August 2015
Colorado Civil Motions Practice (Bradford Publishing Co., 2012)
“The State of the Intertwining Doctrine in Colorado,”
The Colorado Lawyer, January 2007
“The Application of the FMLA and Its Interplay with the ADA,”
The Colorado Lawyer, May 2005
“Application of SEC v. W.J. Howey in Colorado and Other Jurisdictions,”
The Colorado Lawyer, June 2002
“The Future of the Fourth Amendment After Minnesota v. Dickerson - A “Reasonable Proposal,”
44 DePaul Law Review 167 (Fall 1994)
Speaking Engagements and Presentations
“Traps for the Unwary - Colo RPC 1.6 and a Lawyer's Duties When Responding to Online Public Commentary,”
CBA-CLE Ethics 7.0, November, 2019
“Colorado Legal Ethics,”
National Business Institute CLE Course, December 2017
“Rep Clients: Marijuana Industry,”
Colorado Bar Association CLE Course, August 2017
CLE International CLE Course, April 2016
Practicing Law Institute CLE Course, July 2015
“Ethics of Marijuana,”
National Business Institute CLE Course, July 2015
“Cannabis Business Law and Ethics,”
New York CLE Course, April 2015
“Danger in the Tall Grass,”
Practicing Law Institute CLE Course, January 2015
“When In-House Counsel Takes the Stand,”
Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter 2013 In-House Counsel Forum (April 2013)