Adam Zimmerman joins Loyola from St. John’s University School of Law. He teaches Tort Law, Administrative Law, Mass Tort Law, and Complex Litigation. Professor Zimmerman’s teaching methods have been featured in the national news media. He was named Best New Law Professor in 2011 and Professor of the Year in 2013 by the St. John’s Student Bar Association.
Professor Zimmerman’s scholarship explores the way class action attorneys, regulatory agencies and criminal prosecutors provide justice to large groups of people through overlapping systems of tort law, administrative law and criminal law. His recent articles have been accepted for publication in the Columbia Law Review, Duke Law Journal, New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. In 2016, the federal government adopted Zimmerman’s recommendations to permit class actions in administrative hearings based on findings that appear in his forthcoming article in the Yale Law Journal, Inside the Agency Class Action.
Professor Zimmerman graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and co-founded the first student chapter of the American Constitutional Society in the country. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York. He then served as counsel to Special Master Kenneth R. Feinberg in the design and administration of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Afterwards, he was associated with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation and mass tort cases, as well as domestic and international arbitration. As a practitioner, Professor Zimmerman has also worked on global class actions involving the tobacco industry, gun manufacturers, and Agent Orange.
- Administrative Law
- Complex Litigation
- Mass Torts
Publications, Research and Related Material
- BA, University of California, Berkeley
- JD, Georgetown University Law Center
- Inside the Agency Class Action, 126 Yale. L. J. (forthcoming 2017)
- The Presidential Settlement, 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. _ (2015)
- The Corporate Settlement Mill, 101 Va. L. Rev. _ (2015) (w/D. Remus)
- The Agency Class Action, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1992 (2012) (w/ M. Sant’Ambrogio)
- Distributing Justice, 86 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 500 (2011)
- The Criminal Class Action, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1385 (2011) (w/ D. Jaros)
- Funding Irrationality, 59 Duke L. J. 1105 (2010)
Selected Short Online Essays
- The Convergence of Global Settlements (Feb. 2012)
- The Privatized Attorney General (Jan. 2012)
- The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (Redux?) (Jan. 2012)
- The Rise of Executive (Branch) Compensation (Jan. 2012)
- Flash Mob Litigation (Jan. 2012)
- Agencies Should Provide Enhanced Procedural Protections in Large Settlements, The University of Pennsylvania, RegBlog (July 2011)
- An Essay on Funding Irrationality, The Legal Workshop Forum (Sept. 2010)
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