Release Date: September 22, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The attorney who oversaw the administration of compensation funds established on behalf of the victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Boston Marathon bombing and several other high-profile mass disasters and mass torts will be in Buffalo on Oct. 6 to speak as part of the Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series co-sponsored by the UB Law School and the UB School of Management.
The lecture by Kenneth R. Feinberg, founder of the Feinberg Rozen law firm and currently a lecturer at Harvard Law School, also serves as the keynote address of a conference titled “Recent Developments in Tort Law and Practice,” co-sponsored by the Law School and the business group Coalition for Litigation Justice, a business group whose agenda includes legislative proposals for tort law reform.
The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Feinberg’s address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Detailed information and registration for the conference and the Lippes lecture is available on the Law School’s website.
Conference organizer S. Todd Brown, associate professor at the Law School and director of its Center for the Study of Business Transactions, says Feinberg will speak on timely issues in the administration of mass tort actions.
“He’s an amazing speaker, very engaging,” Brown says. “He makes sure that his presentations are accessible to a very broad audience. Even when he’s speaking to experts in the field, he speaks in a way that’s very easy and approachable.”
Feinberg has managed some of the most complex and emotionally fraught mass tort compensations in U.S. history. They include:
The conference on tort law and practice “is an opportunity to host something at the cutting edge of what’s going on in this area of law,” says Brown. In addition to practitioners, business owners, students and law professors, and faculty from other UB units with an interest in environmental issues or public health and safety issues will benefit, he says.
Topics to be covered by panelists at the conference include:
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