New York State Special Commission on Legislative, Judicial, & Executive Compensation

Sheila L. Birnbaum

Sheila L. Birnbaum, co-Head of the Global Products Liability and Mass Torts practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been national counsel or lead defense counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies in some of the largest and most complicated tort cases in the country. She was chosen as the leading products liability lawyer in the world by The International Who’s Who of Product Liability, one of the 10 most admired product liability attorneys in 2010 by Law 360 and one of the 25 most influential women in New York by Crain's New York Business. She has represented major corporations in insurance coverage litigations and arbitrations in the United States, London and Bermuda. She was the court-appointed mediator in federal court and mediated a $500 million settlement for 92 families of victims of the 2011 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Ms. Birnbaum to serve as Special Master of the reactivated September 11th Victim Compensation Fund program. She oversees the administration of the $2.7 billion fund created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Ms. Birnbaum is an appointee of the Chief Judge.