Kenneth R. Feinberg was elected Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors in November 2009.
Mr. Feinberg is Founder and Managing Partner of The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC – the nation's foremost law firm for mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Feinberg was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and earned a degree in history from the University of Massachusetts 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 US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an Assistant United States Attorney. Before founding his own firm — The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
— in 1993, he was a founding partner at the Washington office of Kaye Scholer LLP.
One of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Feinberg was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to be Special Master of the US Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 victims and families of victims of 9/11. Working pro bono for 33 months, he developed the regulations governing the administration of the fund and administered all aspects of the program, including evaluating applications, determining appropriate compensation and disseminating awards.
Three years later, Mr. Feinberg agreed to administrate the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, set up for the benefit of victims' families in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting.
In July 2009, Mr. Feinberg was appointed by the Obama Administration to oversee the compensation of top executives at companies which received federal bailout assistance. As the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation, popularly called the 'pay czar', Mr. Feinberg announced in late October 2009 that the Treasury Department would slash compensation for the 25 highest-paid executives at the seven firms that received the largest chunks of federal bailout money.
Additionally, Feinberg currently serves as the government-appointed administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund.
In April 2013 Kenneth Feinberg was asked by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to oversee the distribution of more than $60 million donated to The One Fund Boston, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established to provide compensation to those individuals injured as a result of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings.
Mr. Feinberg is currently Chairman of the Board of the RAND Institute of Civil Justice. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Human Rights First and is a member of the Board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. He is also President of the Washington National Opera.
Mr. Feinberg was designated “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal in 2004 and has been named repeatedly on the Journal’s “Profiles in Power: The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Mr. Feinberg has taught as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Columbia, and the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on mediation, mass torts and other matters and is the author of, What is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11 (Public Affairs 2005).
He is married to Diane S. Feinberg and they have three adult children, and two grandchildren.