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Effective January 5, 2017, Jordana (“Jordy”) H. Feldman was named a Deputy Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”).
Jordy has played a critical role in the VCF since it reopened in 2011. She has been a senior member of the VCF leadership team on policy, legal, and operational issues. She has played a key role in determining policies and procedures for the review of claims and computation of losses and in the reauthorization planning effort, including drafting the updated regulations. She also serves as the VCF’s primary liaison with various federal and state entities that provide information necessary to the VCF’s claim review process, including the WTC Health Program, the FDNY, the NYPD, the New York City pension funds, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit program, and has worked diligently to cultivate those critical partnerships.
Jordy first served as a consultant to the Special Master’s Office and joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 in order to work exclusively on the VCF and expand her role to include quality control and management. In May 2016, Jordy became the Director of the New York office, and further expanded her responsibilities to include managing the hearings process. In her new role, she will continue those responsibilities and will also take on additional responsibilities with respect to claim approvals, team leadership, and program operations and policy.
Jordy has dedicated a significant part of her legal career working on the various iterations of the VCF, and is deeply passionate about and invested in the program. From 2002 to 2004, she served in the first VCF (“VCF1”) as a key advisor to Special Master Ken Feinberg and adjudicated eligibility and compensation claims, presided over hearings with victims’ families, and assisted in the development of policies and procedures. She also co-authored the Final Report of the Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
After VCF1 closed, she joined the complex dispute resolution practice at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP with a focus on alternative dispute resolution in the context of mass torts and product liability claims. She represented clients in the design, implementation, and administration of complex settlements and mass claims resolution programs arising out of class actions, legislation, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. She also co-authored the Master Guide to Mass Claims Resolution Facilities as part of the Mass Claims Commission established by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, which provides practical guidance regarding the issues that arise in claims resolution programs – programs such as the VCF that serve as alternatives to traditional litigation.
Jordy began her legal professional career at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Although she grew up outside Philadelphia, she moved to New York City in 2000 and has a deep affection for the city where she lives with her family and now calls home.