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Kenneth Feinberg

Founder, Managing Partner of Feinberg Law Offices

Kenneth R. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation’s most challenging and widely known 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, and in his follow-up book Who Gets What, published by Public Affairs Press in 2012.

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 Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University Law School, New York University Law School, and the University of Virginia Law School.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1970 (Articles Editor of the Law Review)
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts, 1967

Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, New York State Court of Appeals, 1970-1972


  • Member of the Board of Directors, RAND Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chairman of the Board, RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Washington National Opera, Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston, MA

Teaching Positions:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 2012-Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1978-Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University Law School, 2004-2010
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2000-2008

Recent Awards and Recognition:

  • The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Law (2014)
  • Yale University Legend in Leadership Award (2014)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association Legend in the Law Award (2014)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Great Friend of Justice Award (2014)
    Listed in “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” The National Law Journal (March 25, 2013)
  • The New England Council New Englander of the Year Award (2013)
  • The New York University Albert Gallatin Medal for Professional Achievement (2011)
  • The New York University Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service (2011)
  • “The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance,” Worth: The Evolution of Financial
  • Intelligence, Vol. 19, No. 5, Page 76 (2010)

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