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 Commitment Committee. Jon is a globally influential thinker and practitioner in the world of legal finance. He has over two decades of experience practicing, teaching and writing about litigation risk management and finance. In his capacity as CIO he has overseen Burford’s review and analysis of thousands of commercial matters worth hundreds of billions of dollars in potential legal spend.
Jon co-founded Burford with Chris Bogart in 2009, shortly after publishing his seminal scholarly work on litigation finance, A Market in Litigation Risk. Since its inception, Burford has become the largest legal finance provider in the world, thanks in large part to Jon’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 and most sought-after experts in the field across the mainstream media and legal and financial press.
Prior to co-founding Burford, Jon 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, Jon is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Jon has taught 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, 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.
Jon 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.
Jon 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.
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