The UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources presents Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder/Managing Partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP and Fund Administrator, BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund, as part of the Disaster Law Lecture Series.
Mr. Feinberg will speak on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges.”
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online to ensure lunch and a seat. CLE offered.
Mr. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, in which he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Mr. Feinberg shared his extraordinary experience in his book What Is Life Worth?, published in 2005 by Public Affairs Press.
Just a few years later, Mr. Feinberg became Fund Administrator for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. Mr. Feinberg also has served as Special Master in Agent Orange, asbestos personal injury, wrongful death claims, Dalkon shield, and DES (pregnancy medication) cases.
Mr. Feinberg founded Feinberg Rozen, LLP in 1992. He has been involved in resolving thousands of disputes involving a wide range of interests and clients. In the commercial sector, Mr. Feinberg designed, implemented and administered an ADR settlement Program involving Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Zurich N.A. Insurance Company and Hurricane Katrina and other Gulf hurricane claimants. He also has served as Distribution Agent for AIG Fair Fund claimants, and has been the Fund Administrator for a variety of claimant funds totaling more than $1 billion. In his capacity as an arbitrator, Mr. Feinberg helped determine the fair market value of the original Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, and legal fees in Holocaust slave labor litigation.
Mr. Feinberg has been appointed to two presidential-level commissions because of his experience and expertise, and has had a distinguished teaching career as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Virginia. In 2004, he was named "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal (2004), and has been named repeatedly as one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal.
Education: B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts, 1967; J.D., New York University School of Law, 1970, (Law Review)
Clerkships: Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, New York State Court of Appeals 1970-1972
Leadership: Chairman of the Board of the RAND Institute of Civil Justice; Vice-Chairman, Board of Human Rights First; Board, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; President, Washington National Opera