Penina Lieber

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Law School Offices, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6300


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Penina Lieber is a Partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in the Pittsburgh office. She practices in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law and represents nonprofit organizations and associations in a wide range of legal matters - including tax, charitable trust litigation, corporate restructuring, governance, employment, licensing and accreditation, financing, public-private partnerships and joint ventures. She is listed as a "Best Lawyer in America", a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer and a "Best Nonprofit Lawyer in Pittsburgh". She enjoys an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Penina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University. She received her J.D. in 1986 from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Penina was a judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Special Counsel to the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in the Hershey Trust litigation.

She was the District 3 Governor on the American Bar Association Board of Governors, where she represented Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As Governor, she served as liaison to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security; the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and the Forum on Affordable Housing.

Penina is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI) and a member of its Consultative Members Groups for the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Organizations and of the Restatement of the Law in Corporate Governance, the first Restatement of the Law on Charitable Organizations.

She is Past Chair of the ABA Commission on IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts), former Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and a past member of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Penina is the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Pennsylvania's Supreme Court-approved CLE provider) and Past Secretary and Woman Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is life trustee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a sustaining fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. In addition, Penina is an approved Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law and the School of Law of Duquesne University, where she teaches the courses in nonprofit and tax-exempt law. She has published three books on nonprofit legal issues: The Tax Treatment of NGO's - Legal, Ethical and Fiscal Frameworks for Promoting NGO's and their Activities, (Kluwer Law International, 2004); The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (Civic Research Institute, 2005); and The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (2007 Annual Supplement). Penina has been a featured speaker at international conferences on the charitable sector in Johannesburg, South Africa and Barbados, West Indies, as well as at many state and national conferences. Penina is also one of the original course planners and continuing lecturers for the PBI Nonprofit Institute, now in its 13th year.

Ms. Lieber is active within the profession, academic and nonprofit communities. On May 7, 2015, she received the prestigious Anne X. Alpern Award of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. It is awarded to an outstanding woman lawyer or judge in Pennsylvania and is named after the first woman Justice on the PA Supreme Court. She also was awarded the PBA President's Award for outstanding commitment to the Pennsylvania Bar.

She is married to Marvin S. Lieber, Esq., past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a member of the ABA House of Delegates. They have three children: Jessica Lieber Smolar, Esq., Assistant United States Attorney (Western District PA); Michele E. Lieber, Esq., President, Blue Point D.C. LLC; and Rob Lieber, a screenwriter in Hollywood.


FALL 2018
Tax Exempt Organizations