What is JASTA?

JASTA, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, allows families of terror attacks on U.S. soil, including the Sept. 11 victims, to pursue claims against Nation States that sponsor the attack.  In the case of 9/11, that would include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

JASTA ensures that the cases of the 9/11 families will be decided on their merits, rather than based upon a narrow interpretation of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Kreindler & Kreindler has stood with our clients for the past fifteen years in a tremendously challenging litigation to hold those responsible for 9/11 to account. Partner Jim Kreindler is the Co-Chair for the wrongful death and personal injury cases on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee. Kreindler partner Andrew Maloney serves as Liaison Counsel. They have worked tirelessly with the other members of the Plaintiffs' Committee and advocates in Washington D.C. to push for JASTA's passage.

Kreindler & 9/11 Litigation

Kreindler is uniquely qualified and has a proven track record of holding to pursue compensation from foreign entities responsible for their roles in sponsoring the 9/11 attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. and for obtaining significant compensation for those injured or killed on 9-11. 

  • Kreindler Partner Jim Kreindler,  is the co-chairman of the Plaintiffs’ Committee in the 9/11 Litigation and is responsible for leading the legal effort proceeding against financiers and sponsors of al-Qaida 9-11 attacks.
  • Kreindler & Kreindler has worked for and already obtained over $2 billion in September 11th Victim Compensation Awards since 2001.
  • Kreindler first filed suit against 9/11 Terrorists in 2002 and has been litigating that case relentlessly since then.
  • Kreindler successfully represented 2 New Yorkers in the 2008 Mumbai, India terror attack.
  • In 1996, Kreindler filed a terror lawsuit against Libya on behalf of 118 victims' families for sponsoring the bombing attack of Pan Am 103. Kreindler won at trial and successfully overcame two appeals and in 2002 settled the lawsuit with Libya for an overall $2.7 billion.
  • Kreindler successfully represented victims of the 1986 Karachi Pakistan Pan Am Flight 73 hijacking and terror attack.
  • In 1986, Kreindler successfully represented victims of the Berlin Germany La Belle Discotheque boming attack

Attorney Jim Kreindler on 60 Minutes, April 2016

Attorney Jim Kreindler on 60 Minutes, April 2016

Saudi Arabia & 9/11

It’s a basic principle of our law that if you do a tort in our country, you are liable.
— Attorney Jim Kreindler

Were You Injured or Was Your Loved One Killed on 9-11?  You May Have New Legal Rights.

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Leading Questions: A Chat with Jim Kreindler, Lawyer for 9/11 Victims
Wall Street Journal, by Nicole Hong

It’s been 14 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but a legal effort by thousands of victims to get compensated is still inching its way through the American court system.

For the anniversary of 9/11, Law Blog chatted with one of the leaders of this effort: Jim Kreindler, a longtime partner at law firm Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, which was founded by his father and grandfather. The 59-year-old New York native is the co-chair of the plaintiffs’ committee in the 9/11 lawsuit, which has accused the government of Saudi Arabia and related entities, including charities, of funding al Qaeda.
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9/11 Attorney Andrew Maloney

9/11 Attorney Andrew Maloney

Honoring the Brave and Rare: New York Times, by Peter Applebome

JERICHO, N.Y. - Glenn J. Winuk was last seen on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, donning emergency equipment and running toward the World Trade Center. His body was not found until March 2002, near those of other rescue workers in what was once the lobby of the south tower.

Recovery workers found in his wallet a card identifying him as a member of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department in the Long Island town where he grew up. He was wearing surgical gloves, either wearing or holding a stethoscope and was found beside an E.M.T. bag.

Why it took five years for the federal government to conclude that he was, in fact, a first responder who died in the line of duty is one of those mysteries of the bureaucratic world that defy simple explanation. Cold hearts? Legalism taken to the extreme? Worries about precedent?
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If you have questions, please call us at (800) 331-2782 or email:  JASTAInquiries@kreindler.com