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Jonathan Molot

Chief Investment Officer, Washington

Jonathan Molot is Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Burford, and he also serves as Chair of Burford's Commitments Committee and a member of its Management Committee. In his capacity as CIO, he has overseen Burford’s review and analysis of thousands of commercial matters worth hundreds of billions of dollars, including obtaining a $16 billion judgment against Argentina, the largest in US history.

Mr. Molot co-founded Burford shortly after publishing his seminal article on litigation finance, “A Market in Litigation Risk”, in the University of Chicago Law Review. He is among the most cited thinkers on how law firms can evolve to address the limits of the cash partnership model and is one of the most frequently cited experts in legal finance.

Prior to co-founding Burford, Mr. Molot founded Litigation Risk Solutions, a business that assisted hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks, insurance companies and insurance brokers to develop litigation risk transfers where lawsuits threaten to interfere with M&A and private equity deals.

In addition to his role at Burford, Mr. Molot is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Mr. Molot has taught courses on litigation risk management and finance at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Indiana Law Journal and the Southern California Law Review.

Mr. Molot served as counsel to the economic policy team on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and as senior advisor in the Department of the Treasury at the start of the Obama Administration. He practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb in New York and at Kellogg Hansen in Washington, DC.


  • Georgetown University Law Center

    Professor of Law

  • Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team


  • Treasury Department of Obama Administration

    Senior Advisor

  • Cleary, Gottlieb


  • Kellogg, Huber



  • Harvard Law School

    JD, magna cum laude

  • Yale University

    BA, magna cum laude


  • Supreme Court of the United States

    Law Clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer