MSPP Thirty-Fourth Commencement, 2014
Doctorate of Humane Letters
Kenneth R. Feinberg, JD
This year's MSPP Commencement speaker, Kenneth R. Feinberg, JD has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes. As the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Feinberg shared this extraordinary experience in his book What Is Life Worth? He became Fund Administrator for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, Special Master in Agent Orange, and Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility arising out of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And, following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, he was named Administrator of The One Fund Boston.
Since Feinberg founded Feinberg Rozen, LLP in 1992, he has been involved in resolving thousands of disputes. In the commercial sector, he designed, implemented and administered an ADR settlement Program involving insurance companies and Hurricane Katrina and 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, Feinberg helped determine the fair market value of the original Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, and legal fees in Holocaust slave labor litigation.
Feinberg has been appointed to two presidential-level commissions and has had a distinguished teaching career as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, 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.