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Ken Feinberg
Managing Partner and Founder
The Feinberg Group

Kenneth R. Feinberg was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. In this capacity, he developed and promulgated the Regulations governing the administration of the Fund and administered all aspects of the program, including evaluating applications, determining appropriate compensation and disseminating awards. He currently serves as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Mr. Feinberg is an attorney and one of the nation’s leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He is the Managing Partner and Founder of The Feinberg Group, LLP.

Mr. Feinberg received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before founding The Feinberg Group in 1993, he was a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, New York State Court of Appeals; Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York; Special Counsel, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Administrative Assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy; and Partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler.

He is currently a member of the National Judicial Panel and Center for Public Resources, and previously chaired the American Bar Association Special Committee on Mass Torts. He is also a national arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Feinberg is currently Chairman Elect of the Board of the RAND Institute of Civil Justice, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Human Rights First, and a member of the Board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

He has had a distinguished teaching career as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School, New York University School of Law, the University of Virginia Law School and Columbia Law School. He has also taught as a visiting lecturer at UCLA Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, New York Law School and Duke Law School.

Mr. Feinberg was designated “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal in 2004. He has been listed in the National Law Journal’s “Profiles in Power: The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” He is the author of numerous articles and essays on mediation, mass torts, and other matters, and What Is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11 (PublicAffairs, 2005).

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Richard Meserve Carnegie Institution
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