GEORGE W. LIEBMANN, is a Baltimore lawyer and native New Yorker. He attended a variety of schools, public and private, concluding at the Riverdale Country School in New York. He then went to Dartmouth, graduating with high distinction in government, and then to the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Managing Editor of the Law Review. He then moved to Baltimore to be Law Clerk to the then Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, Frederick W. Brune (best known as the author of the 1958 Report of the Council of Chief Justices criticizing several Warren Court Supreme Court decisions). After brief service as an enlisted reservist in the Army and as an inactive law officer in Navy JAG, he joined a Baltimore law firm.During the period 1968-1972, he was involved in four major national political controversies. He was the organizer and secretary of the Coalition Against the Supersonic Transport, which was successful in its purpose. As an Assistant Attorney General of Maryland and counsel to its Department of Social Services, he successfully argued in the Supreme Court the case of Dandridge v. Williams, which effectively brought an end to efforts to constitutionalize welfare rights. He organized the defense by State Attorneys General of cases attacking the constitutionality of school financing systems; his brief on behalf of 34 state governments was cited in both the majority and dissenting opinions in San Antonio v. Rodriguez in which the Supreme Court warded off federal constitutional attacks on such systems. Shortly thereafter, he wrote a series of influential articles in the American Bar Association Journal, the Business Lawyer and other publications opposing extensive expansions of the federal criminal code proposed by both the Johnson and Nixon administrations; these opposition efforts were ultimately successful..His private practice at various times involved constitutional and appellate litigation, private antitrust litigation, and real estate, environmental and bankruptcy law.In 1980-91, he served as Executive Assistant to Governor Harry Hughes of Maryland and was the principal draftsman of legislation regulating land use around the Chesapeake Bay. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for U.S.Senate in 1998, receiving the endorsement of the Baltimore Sun and most Maryland newspapers.In 1981, he started his own law practice, Liebmann and Shively, P.A. He served as Chairman of Governor's Commissions on Medical Malpractice and on Local Government Antitrust Liability and wrote extensively on land use and local government issues. In 1993, he was a Simon Industrial and Professional Fellow at the University of Manchester, and in 1996 first became a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, to which he has frequently returned.He is the author of a trilogy of books on sub-local governments and their potential, including The Little Platoons (Praeger 1995); The Gallows in the Grove (Praeger 1997) and Solving Problems Without Large Government (Praeger 2000), reprinted as Neighborhood Futures (Transaction Books, 2002). He is also the author of three books of biographical sketches, Six Lost Leaders (Lexington Books, 2002); The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait of Five Legal Scholars (Transaction Books, 2004); and Diplomacy Between the Wars: Five Diplomats and the Shaping of the Modern World (I.B.Tauris and Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); as well as of The Last American Diplomat: John D. Negroponte and His Times, 1960-2010 (I.B.Tauris and Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and The Fall of the House of Speyer: The Story of a Banking Dynasty (I.B Tauris, 2015). Since 2001 he has been the volunteer executive director of the Calvert Institute for Policy Research, a state-level think tank, and editor of a compendium of its papers, The Trimmer's Almanac: Ten Years of the Calvert Institute (2007). He is President of the Library Company of the Baltimore Bar, a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a Permanent Member of the Federal Judicial Conference for the Fourth Circuit.
ORBIE R . SHIVELY is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1987 and ever since has been an associate and then member of Liebmann and Shively, P.A.. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and of the John Marshall Society and the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland. He has been active in numerous neighborhood, civic and theatrical organizations, and has actively represented bankruptcy debtors, creditors and trustees for nearly thirty years.
SUSAN H. TIFFT, the firm's administrative assistant, is a 1974 graduate of Goucher College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowhip for study in London, Paris and Moscow. She received the degree of Master of Arts in Slavic Studies and General Linguistics from Cornell University in 1977, and was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency from 1977 to 1982 as a Scientific and Weapons Research Analyst in the Soviet Branch. She worked as an independent technical writing consultant trading asTechwrite Services Company and Stellar Communications from 1982 to 1998. From 1998 to 2007, she was Director of Resource Development for Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, for which she is now Secretary of the Board of Directors. before joining Liebmann and Shively, P.A. in 2007. She is Corporate Secretary of the Italian Cultural Center, Inc. of Maryland; Instructor of Tap Dance and Drama for Developmentally Disabled Adults in Baltimore County; and a Governor of the West Towson Neighborhood Association.