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Business First of Buffalo (blog)

The SUNY University at Buffalo lecture series next month will feature an attorney who has managed some of the most complex and emotionally fraught mass tort compensations in U.S. history.

Kenneth Feinberg, founder of the Feinberg Rozen law firm and currently a lecturer at Harvard Law School, will be in Buffalo on Oct. 6 to deliver the 8:30 a.m. lecture at the free event, which is open to all with prior registration, at the downtown Hyatt Regency Buffalo. His address, co-sponsored by SUNY Buffalo Law School and University at Buffalo School of Management, is part of the Gerald Lippes Speaker Series and will cover timely issues in the administration of mass tort actions.

Feinberg has overseen 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.

“He’s an amazing speaker, very engaging,” said S. Todd Brown, an associate professor at the law school and director of its Center for the Study of Business Transactions. “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.”

The lecture also serves as the keynote address for a conference called “Recent Developments in Tort Law and Practice,” organized by Brown and co-sponsored by the law school and the business group Coalition for Litigation Justice. It will examine recent developments in tort law, providing students, faculty and practitioners a rare inside look at this high-stakes field of law. Attendees are eligible to earn 4.5 non-transitional New York State CLE credits.

“This is an opportunity to host something at the cutting edge of what’s going on in this area of law,” said Brown, who is the lead organizer of the conference. In addition, 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, Brown said.

The conference is co-sponsored by the law school and the Coalition for Litigation Justice, a business group whose agenda includes legislative proposals for tort law reform. The cost of the conference is $125 ($100 for paid members of the Law Alumni Association). The event includes continental breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception.

Detailed information and registration for the conference and the Lippes Lecture is available on the Law School’s website.