Deborah E. Greenspan
Deborah Greenpsan focuses her practice on class action, mass tort, and bankruptcy law and procedure, with particular experience in mass torts and products liability, analysis of damages and future liability exposure, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), claims evaluation and dispute analysis, settlement distribution design and implementation, claims management and risk analysis, and general litigation.
She has represented clients in the most significant complex litigation matters in the United States, and has been appointed to serve as a special master and neutral in various matters, including the “Agent Orange” product liability litigation. She has also designed and implemented complex settlement programs, including as an appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Upon completing law school, Ms. Greenspan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Horace W. Gilmore, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 1981 to 1983, and to the Honorable Edward Allen Tamm, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, from 1983 to 1984. Following her clerkships, she joined the Washington, D.C., office of an Am Law 100 firm as an associate from 1984 to 1991 and as counsel from 1991 to 1993. While at that firm, she concentrated on ADR, mass torts, and environmental law. In 1992, she helped form the law firm “Feinberg and Associates” (later called The Feinberg Group) and served as a partner until 2004. In 2005, she joined the Complex Dispute Resolution practice group of an Am Law 200 firm, serving for many years as co-leader of that group, and in February of 2016, she joined Blank Rome LLP.
Ms. Greenspan represents and advises companies in the context of pending or potential future mass claims. She advises clients on the analysis and management of risk, on options and procedures for limiting exposure, on development and design of resolution options, and on securing assets/insurance. Ms. Greenspan has also served as an appointed Special Master in a number of major cases involving tens or hundreds of thousands of claims. She served as the court-appointed special master in the “Agent Orange” product liability litigation and was responsible for designing and implementing the distribution of the settlement fund proceeds in that case to over 100,000 class members.
Ms. Greenspan has implemented settlement procedures for the consolidation of DES cases in New York state and federal courts; and she implemented, designed, and ran the claims resolution process and the claims facility to resolve hundreds of thousands of claims involving insurance products as well as thousands of claims related to antitrust disputes. She has prepared numerous reports and analyses of litigation and settlement options in connection with other significant mass tort cases and complex litigation.
Ms. Greenspan also assisted in the design and development of an initiative for the resolution of thousands of asbestos claims in Maryland and New York; implemented settlement procedures for the consolidation of DES cases in New York state and federal courts; and implemented, designed, and ran the claims resolution process and the claims facility to resolve hundreds of thousands of claims involving insurance products as well as thousands of claims related to antitrust disputes. Ms. Greenspan has prepared numerous reports and analyses of litigation and settlement options in connection with other significant mass tort cases and complex litigation.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation
Dow Corning Corporation
Special Master Appointments:
Special Master, In re Joint Eastern and Southern Districts Asbestos Litigation.
Special Master, In re “Agent Orange” Product Liability Litigation.
Deputy Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Deputy Special Master, re-authorized September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Special Master, 1998 American Embassy Bombings:
-Wamai v. Republic of Sudan, 08-1349 (JDB) (D.D.C. Aug. 8, 2005);
-Amduso v. Republic of Sudan, 08-1361 (JDB) (D.D.C. Aug. 8, 2005);
-Mwila v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 08-1377 (JDB) (D.D.C. Aug. 7, 2008); and
-Onsongo v. Republic of Sudan, 08-1380 (JDB) (D.D.C. Aug. 7, 2008).
Honors Membership Awards
Ms. Greenspan is actively involved in many organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Rand Institute of Civil Justice; rapporteur for the American Arbitration Association Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mass Torts; member and lead author of the Mass Claims Commission of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”); member of the National Association of Professional Women (“NAPW”); and member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (“ACAM”).
- 2014, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Pro Bono Honor Roll
- 2014-2015, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
University of Michigan, B.S., 1976, Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1981, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif