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Pay Czar Ethics: A Talk by Disaster Fund Expert Kenneth Feinberg
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics ; Commonwealth Club of California, Silicon Valley
Prominent alternative dispute mediator and attorney Kenneth Feinberg has negotiated settlements in some of the most challenging and emotional crises of our times. Feinberg was dubbed "The Pay Czar" for his hands-on administrative work in the federal bailout assistance program, TARP, and has taken on similar tasks for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund and the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund. He is currently working out settlements for the Boston Marathon victims.
Feinberg was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1967, and a law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1970. He worked for five years as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney General. Before founding his own firm The Feinberg Group (now Feinberg Rozen, LLP) in 1993, he was a founding partner at the Washington office of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Feinberg has served as Court-Appointed Special Settlement Master in cases including Agent Orange product liability litigation, Asbestos Personal Injury Litigation and DES Cases. Feinberg was also one of three arbitrators who determined the fair market value of the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination and was one of two arbitrators who determined the allocation of legal fees in the Holocaust slave labor litigation. He is a former Lecturer-in-Law at a number of U.S. law schools ad is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2005 his book, What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11, was published.
Co-sponsored by The Markkula Center for Ethics and the Commonwealth Club of Callifornia, Silicon Valley.