Academy Member Inducted 2022

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Mediator & Arbitrator, Washington, District of Columbia.

Kenneth R. Feinberg

2023 Distinguished Neutral of the Year
Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
The Willard Office Building
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 390
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 371-1110
Fax: (202) 962-9290
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Recognized for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master)
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For over 35 years, Kenneth R. Feinberg has been involved in resolving some of the nation’s most protracted, complex, and emotional disputes involving a wide range of interests and clients.

Mr. Feinberg is publicly recognized as redefining the practice of law, bringing opposing sides of legal disputes together. He is one of the nation’s foremost mediators, arbitrators, and experts in other forms of alternative dispute resolution and negotiation strategy. From cases that affect only a few, to the largest, most complex disputes of our time, the Firm consistently bridges the gap between parties by creating imaginative and satisfying solutions. Most notably he served as Special Master of the Federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Mr. Feinberg is consistently retained by Fortune 500 companies, nationally recognized plaintiff counsel, insurers, government agencies, and state and federal courts to design, implement, and administer innovative and sophisticated settlement solutions. Serving either as a neutral or as settlement counsel to one of the parties, Mr. Feinberg provides services for all stages of dispute resolution: helping the parties achieve a comprehensive resolution of the dispute, devising strategies for a cost-effective settlement, designing systems and criteria to implement settlement terms, and developing distribution plans to achieve maximum benefits for all parties.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Native American
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Unfair Competition


Mr. Feinberg earned a degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, where he became involved in theater and briefly considered a career as an actor. Instead, he decided to pursue a law degree at NYU, where he served as articles editor of the Law Review. After clerking for New York State Court of Appeals Judge Stanley Fuld, Mr. Feinberg became an assistant attorney for the New York department of justice — where he worked alongside former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey — before joining Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's office as an assistant. He became Kennedy's chief of staff in the late 1970s.

On leaving Kennedy's office in 1980, Mr. Feinberg helped to found the Washington office of law firm Kaye Scholer LLP. After 12 years, he started his own firm, the Feinberg Group, which has since made history as the nation's "go-to boutique firm" for catastrophic cases. 

Mr. Feinberg was formally an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional Awards & Recognitions include:

  • "Flame of Tzedek Award" by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute at The National Jewish Retreat (2019)
  • "A Tribute to Excellence" by Hillel at UMass Amherst (2018)
  • The Bazelon Center Outstanding Public Service Award (2017)
  • 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)
  • Academy of Court Appointed Masters Civil Justice Award (2012)
  • The New York University Albert Gallatin Medal for Professional Achievement (2011)
  • The New York University Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service (2011)
  • Marshall-Wythe Medallion (2011)
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award (2011)
  • Fordham-Stein Prize (2011)
  • James F. Henry Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dispute Resolution (2010)
  • "The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People e in Finance", Worth: The Evolution of Financial Intelligence, Vol. 19, No. 5, Page 76 (2010)
  • "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal (2004)
  • Presidential Advisory Commission on Human Radiation Experiments (1994 to 1998)
  • Carnegie Commission Task Force on Science and Technology in Judicial and Regulatory Decision Making (1989 to 1993)
  • Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents (1989 to 1990)
  • Member of the National Judicial Panel, Center for Public Resources
  • Chaired the American Bar Association Special Committee on Mass Torts (1988 to 1989)

Rates Information

Please contact Mr. Feinberg's staff at (202) 371-1110

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