Chief Investment Officer
Jonathan Molot is a co-founder of Burford who as Chief Investment Officer oversees its global investment portfolio. He is 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.
Mr. Molot co-founded Burford with Chris Bogart in 2009, shortly after publishing his seminal work on litigation finance, A Market in Litigation Risk, in the Chicago Law Review. Since its inception, Burford has become the largest legal finance provider in the world, thanks in large part to Mr. Molot's leadership as CIO and his thought leadership as a sitting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. 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 the field.
Prior to co-founding Burford, Mr. Molot founded Litigation Risk Solutions, a business that assists 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 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, and the Virginia Law Review, while his much-referenced articles on litigation finance have appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Review, 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 a senior advisor in the Treasury Department at the start of the Obama Administration. He practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb in New York and at Kellogg, Huber in Washington, DC.
Mr. Molot earned his BA magna cum laude from Yale College and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review and won the Sears Prize, awarded to the two top-performing students in a class of over 500. He clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance, Lawdragon 2020-2022
Recognized as Top Tier by US Dispute Resolution by Leaders League 2021-2022
100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists, Lawdragon 2019