Finally! After an extended and anxious wait by claimants since the Zadroga 9/11 Act  was signed by President Obama on January 2, 2011, the the choice for the all important Victim Compensation Fund “Special Master”  has been named by Attorney General Eric Holder. Sheila L. Birnbaum, one of the nation’s most experienced tort litigators and a Partner at the NYC mega Law Firm of Skadden Arps , will now fill the shoes that were once filled by prior Special Master Kenneth Feinberg.

Ms. Birnbaum was recently successful in mediating $500 million of 9/11 litigation claims that were not part of the larger settlement with New York City at the request of federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein.  We will have more information and analysis on this announcement and what it might mean for our Zadroga Act clients shortly.