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2014 Best Lawyers

U.S. News & World Report and peer-review rankings guide Best Lawyers have named New York-based Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. a top national law firm for 2014.

“Best Law Firms” recognition for Weitz & Luxenberg comes in the categories of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Plaintiffs (National Tier 1, New York Metropolitan Tier 1, and New Jersey Metropolitan Tier 1) and Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs (New York Metropolitan Tier 3).

Weitz & Luxenberg landed a coveted spot on the “2014 Best Law Firms” roster after scoring exceptionally well in a gauge of its performance over the past year.

Among the performance factors propelling Weitz & Luxenberg onto the elite list was the firm’s lifetime verdicts-and-settlements record: approximately $7.5 billion obtained over the past quarter century for clients from all 50 states. The tally includes a New York record-breaking $190 million verdict awarded in 2013 to five blue-collar workers dead or dying of the asbestos-caused cancer mesothelioma (two received damages of $60 million apiece, another new high in the Empire State for this type of litigation).

To date, Weitz & Luxenberg has championed thousands of individuals afflicted by mesothelioma (as well as those suffering from other asbestos-spawned diseases). The firm also has played a pivotal role in establishing and overseeing many asbestos bankruptcy trusts, which account for a combined $30 billion earmarked to compensate victims of asbestos.

However, asbestos litigation (an area of law that Weitz & Luxenberg pioneered and almost singlehandedly shaped to its current contours) is not the only field in which the firm has made its mark. Weitz & Luxenberg also is prominent in its representation of clients harmed by drugs and medical devices, environmental and toxic torts, and acts of negligence (including medical malpractice, traumatic injuries, and accidents).

According to Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report, firms eligible for “Best Law Firms” status must have at least one attorney ranked in the companion listing, “Best Lawyers in America.” Weitz & Luxenberg boats six: Perry Weitz, cofounding member; Arthur Luxenberg, cofounding member; Robert J. Gordon, member; Jerry Kristal, managing attorney of the firm’s New Jersey office; Paul J. Pennock, chief of drug and medical device litigations; and Michael P. Roberts, asbestos litigation attorney.

These half-dozen consistently appear in the “Best Lawyers” lineup. Mr. Weitz, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Kristal, and Mr. Pennock first were named to it in 2006 and returned without fail every year thereafter. Likewise Mr. Luxenberg, beginning in 2008, and Mr. Roberts, since 2009. All six appear in the category of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions —Plaintiffs; however, Mr. Luxenberg is listed additionally in the category of Personal Injury Litigation —Plaintiffs.

“We’re humbled to stand among nation’s absolute finest plaintiffs’ law firms,” said Mr. Weitz, noting that Weitz & Luxenberg also owns the distinction of being the largest mass-tort and personal injury litigation law firm in Manhattan. “We’re exceptionally proud of our cutting-edge legal work, commitment to old-fashioned principles of hard work and integrity, and continuing insistence that each client be treated as if he or she is our only one.”

By placing on the “Best Law Firms” list as a National Tier 1 organization, Weitz & Luxenberg will enjoy an extra measure of recognition in the form of profile articles slated for soon-to-publish print- and web-editions of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

About Weitz & Luxenberg Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg PC today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg has secured more than $7.3 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm’s numerous practice areas include: asbestos and mesothelioma, defective medicines and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice.

Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 25 years of handling such cases. Begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or clientrelations@weitzlux.com to ask for a free legal consultation.


Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $1 Billion

    W&L's Ellen Relkin, as lead counsel in the NJ Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stem litigation, played a key role in negotiating the more than $1 billion settlement. Most qualifying plaintiffs will receive $300,000 or more.

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I want to thank W&L for the thousands of dollars they have gotten for me. It has helped me so much after my husband passed away.

- Sandra B. , IN

W&L Facts

  • More than 10,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • Some clients get multiple settlements. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped more than 7,000 clients from Arkansas. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We settled harmful medication cases totaling more than $10 billion. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • Our largest total settlement amount for one client was $6 million. Personal Injury and Malpractice
  • We got $518 million from the chemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $665 million from the companies in the iron and steel industries. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped clients from more than 15 states. Personal Injury and Malpractice
  • We won an $8 million obstetrical malpractice settlement that caused neurological deficits in a child. Personal Injury and Malpractice
  • We settled defective hip device and replacement cases totaling more than $3 billion. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We’ve been helping Environmental clients for more than 10 years. Environmental Pollution
  • We won a $6 million medical malpractice settlement for an infant who suffered brain damage at birth. Personal Injury and Malpractice
  • We won a $75 million verdict for clients who were exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 2,200 pipefitters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $350 million from the petrochemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been fighting for your rights for more than 25 years. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped almost 1,400 clients from Massachusetts. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We have served clients from more than 20 states. Environmental Pollution
  • More than 900 sheet metal workers have used us as their legal advisors.

    Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our largest single Asbestos Exposure settlement was for almost $6 million. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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