Weitz & Luxenberg has continued to build on this tradition of success, growing as a firm both in size and resources. W&L today has over 100 attorneys working in world-class facilities located in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Cherry Hill, N.J., outside of Philadelphia.
"Many of my clients are or were steamfitters. So is my husband — he’s a steamfitter, too. Being married to one makes me that much more connected to the work I do on behalf of asbestos-exposure victims — and that much more passionate about seeing justice done for them. I know exactly how hard these guys work. I also know how enraging it is for them — after having spent decades toiling and building for their retirements — to now be fighting to stay alive instead of enjoying their sunset years doing the things they always dreamed about doing. It’s not fair at all that they’ve been robbed of their retirement dreams by toxic substances. I’m grateful for the opportunity to try and make things right for them."
"Weitz & Luxenberg Los Angeles is able to get great results for so many clients because, one, we have people with the right blend of credentials and backgrounds and, two, we enjoy national reach through our offices in New York, New Jersey and other locations, which cumulatively gives us leverage that’s hard to equal. As for me, personally, there aren’t too many jobs where you really get to help hard-working people who are so deserving. Asbestos cancer shatters people’s lives. I can’t make the injury or its consequences go away, but I can help give them back some of their lost dignity and stolen worth."
"Getting a just settlement for our clients is always our goal. There is a huge sense of relief when we can accomplish what we set out to do on behalf of our clients. We are talking about real people facing real challenges. For them, this may be one of the most stressful times in their life. Helping them is immensely gratifying."
"Not in every field of law do you have clients who have suffered such a significant injury by no fault of their own. Helping those injured and their families through this time and assisting them in holding those responsible accountable for the injury is the most satisfying aspect of asbestos litigation."
"The most satisfying aspect of my work as an asbestos attorney is helping families. For the most part, these families are blue collar. I come from a blue-collar family — my father, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins, all of them had blue-collar jobs. I know that these men work extremely hard to support their families. It distresses me that the manufacturers of the products, equipment and materials didn’t take the time to warn these men of the dangers of asbestos. I understand that filing a lawsuit can be a stressful experience and I do my best to make sure my clients feel as comfortable as possible. I treat every client the way I would want my dad or grandfather to be treated."
"Ever since I was young, I have been dedicated to fighting for justice. That is one of the reasons I wanted to work at Weitz & Luxenberg. This firm has an outstanding reputation for compassionate service to clients. Our law offices are home to an extremely intelligent and hard-working team of individuals. Everyone at this firm fights day and night in order to obtain victory for our clients. Our clients, in our eyes are family, who are facing the greatest challenge of their lives. We will always be there to support them in their time of need. Asbestos disease kills our families, justice must be served. Weitz & Luxenberg understands the adversity that our clients are going though and we will be with them every step of the way. We are passionate attorneys who care. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful law firm."
"The personal relationships I develop with my clients are the most satisfying aspect of my work. Even though it’s heartbreaking to work with cancer victims — most of whom are very sick and will at some point pass away — it’s my responsibility to help them because this is their time of true need. They were only doing their jobs, yet they fell prey to one of the asbestos cancers — and it happened because irresponsible companies chose to gamble with their health. They won’t get back their health, but as their attorney I can help give them peace of mind in knowing that their families will be financially secure. And I’m glad that I can make the process of suing less intimidating. Being able to make people’s lives a little better at a terrible time, that’s the aspect of being a lawyer that makes me most proud."
"I represent people who have been injured as a result of asbestos exposure. I also represent their families because the injury usually extends to them as well. My goal is to see to it that the companies responsible for causing asbestos exposure injuries are held accountable. To me, nothing is more rewarding than bringing about that accountability. Working at Weitz & Luxenberg, a law firm that truly understands what it takes to win, makes success in the quest for accountability possible."
"The practice of law in the context of mass-tort litigation is, in practical reality, a dynamic, communal activity, and necessarily so, for the needs of our clients demand a law firm capable of highly focused, precise, and timely legal work to right the devastating wrongs they have experienced at the hands of those interests responsible. Weitz & Luxenberg has assembled a uniquely effective, collegial, litigation team that is equipped to provide meaningful help to our clients and their families who demand justice. I am honored to have a hand in it."
"What happens to someone who develops mesothelioma, what happens to that person and his or her loved ones because of some corporation’s wrongdoing, is beyond tragic. That’s why I’m so very, very grateful for the opportunity each and every day to provide some measure of justice for the victims of asbestos."
"One of the most important things to know about Weitz & Luxenberg is that all the attorneys really care about their clients. They want the same things that their clients want: justice. Caring attorneys, a desire to see the right things done. That’s a winning combination."
"I cannot begin to comprehend how some companies operate when it comes to asbestos exposure. They hold the fate of thousands, potentially millions, of people in their hands. We have discovered that some companies go so far as subterfuge in order to further their bottom line. They take asbestos warnings off materials they receive and then resell the materials without the warning labels. Their conduct is egregious, and they should be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused our clients."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Personal Injury and Malpractice, Environmental Pollution, Consumer Protection
"When someone is diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma it is my job to help the victim and his or her family members obtain justice against the product manufacturers who negligently caused such harm. It gives me great pleasure to help my clients receive substantial financial compensation from these manufacturers to pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages, and provide reparation for pain and suffering."
"Our clients worked their entire lives supporting their families. They looked forward to their Golden Years. Corporate greed and irresponsibility took that away from them. I work tirelessly to ensure that our clients do not have to worry about the financial hardships and burdens that come along with a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer."
"Our typical client is a man who has worked his whole life to provide for his family — he didn’t do anything wrong, and yet he ends up with this awful disease. Money can never fully compensate him for the loss of his health. But, often, a client will tell us that it is a great comfort to him, knowing that even though he is sick, he is still providing for his family through the settlements and verdicts we obtain on his behalf. Our team works to make sure that our client’s lifetime efforts to support his family are not in vain. Personally, I‘m involved in every step of the litigation, right from the very start. We have a close working relationship with experts in the field who treat asbestos-related diseases, which helps both in court and in helping clients gain access to the best medical care available."
"Being at Weitz & Luxenberg feels like all of my experience has come together in exactly the right way. What I do every day has to be meaningful. Everyone here really cares about helping victims of some of the most egregious corporate conduct imaginable. When companies expose people to asbestos, they take away that person’s future. The victims never saw it coming. They were never warned. That callousness is incomprehensible to me. We can’t undo the harm these companies have caused, but I want to do everything legally possible to hold those responsible accountable."
"You focus on the victories and the good that comes of it. You know that in these situations, a client who dies of mesothelioma might not see any of the money that comes from the case, but you know they still have a family to take care of that they leave behind. You know that you are giving them some peace of mind."
"Weitz & Luxenberg has a history of protecting everyday individuals. We care about our clients. We go the extra mile. To me, the most satisfying part about my work is the time I spend with my clients, getting to know them, caring about them, helping them in a time when help is needed most. Weitz & Luxenberg’s attorneys are renowned for their extraordinary trial skills, but, even more than that, they have great compassion for the people they’re here to help."
"I have been in the room when a doctor says, ‘You have mesothelioma.’ I have seen my father with tubes coming out of his body. I know what it looks like to watch a strong man become weak. That gives me the desire to help the victims of this terrible disease."
"Most people would be amazed by the amount of preparation that goes into asbestos exposure and environmental toxic tort litigations. Thinking painstakingly about the correct approach for each case, and developing the right theory, and all of the research this involves, are the keys to getting a great result. Research into the facts of each case, the legal principles and decisions, and the types of experts who should be retained, are just the beginning. I find it very rewarding to participate in this outstanding project as a member of the Weitz & Luxenberg litigation team."
"Perry [Weitz] has never done anything but encourage us to spend whatever it takes to do the very best job, because he was a trial lawyer. If anything, he’ll say, ‘Why didn’t you do another focus group? Why didn’t you spend more money to prepare? Why not do more?’ It’s not just that they don’t say ‘no.’ They actually encourage you to do everything that you can to win."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Defective Drugs and Devices, Personal Injury and Malpractice, Environmental Pollution
"When you know people are out there suffering because someone else made a bad decision, it drives you. Those are the people I want to fight for. They need someone to stand up for them. That’s what so great about being a personal injury attorney working with people who were unnecessarily exposed to asbestos. Seeing these victims get the justice they deserve means that I’m doing my part."
"Our clients worked their whole life to take care of their families. They looked forward to retirement when they could spend more time with their families and watch their grandchildren grow up. But the companies they worked for exposed them to asbestos. Now, instead of enjoying their retirement, our clients must undergo surgeries and procedures to deal with a disease they never should have gotten. It’s horrible and I want to do everything I can legally to help them."
"When working with clients harmed through the actions and decisions of others, two main goals come to mind. First, our clients deserve financial justice. I want to make sure they and their families are provided for. They deserve at least that. But, ultimately, I want these companies to stop their hurtful conduct and harmful practices so people don’t continue to become sick. This shouldn’t happen to anyone."
"Our clients are people who always follow the rules. They go to school. They go to work. They get married, have children, support their families, love and honor their spouses. The corporations we sue do not follow the rules. They break them. And that is why the injured and harmed come to us. Our job at Weitz & Luxenberg is to make sure the people who relied on the rules being followed receive an opportunity to confront in court those who did not follow the rules."
"It’s difficult to quantify the value of the help we offer to our clients. Yes, of course, one measure is the size of our verdicts and settlements — over $7 billion at last count. But how do you quantify the value of simply being there to offer comfort, support, and encouragement to someone who is dying of mesothelioma or one of the other asbestos cancers?"
"Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to be an attorney — someone who would help people and be a voice for those who were hurt by others. When it comes to asbestos, some companies expose people and simply hope to get away with it. They act just like people who commit criminal acts and hope they won’t get caught. That is not acceptable. I want to make sure our clients get the justice they deserve."
"The executives at companies that manufacture products containing asbestos may smile, put on a friendly face, and try to charm you. But we’ve known since the early 1900s asbestos is harmful. These corporations shouldn’t be able to get away with trying to pull the wool over our eyes. That’s why Weitz & Luxenberg is so important and why I feel privileged to be here. We need to stand up for the people who have been marginalized by the system and not let these unscrupulous companies get away with endangering people’s lives."
"We have a tireless commitment to fight against the harm caused by exposure to asbestos. It’s a good fight, a worthy fight. The men and women who built this country deserve to be compensated by the companies who put them in their unfortunate situation, and that’s why we do what we do here."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Defective Drugs and Devices, Personal Injury and Malpractice
"Not only does Weitz & Luxenberg provide excellent legal services, and obtain settlements and verdict values probably significantly greater than most law firms, but the lawyers here really care about the clients that we represent — blue-collar workers, the men and women who built this country, who went to work every day just trying to earn a living for their families, and many decades later had the misfortune of being diagnosed with a horrible disease. We’re here to represent them and try to right the wrongs that have been done to them."
"The cause of mesothelioma is no mystery. It is the result of negligence—and sometimes even malice— on the part of a corporation that cared only about enriching itself at the expense of its employees and customers. I help the victims of mesothelioma track down the corporations responsible for inflicting this terrible cancer upon them. And, once those culpable businesses are found, I then help see to it that they are brought to justice. It is with great pride that I do this as an associate attorney with the law firm ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for personal injury and mass tort claims."
"There are companies run by people willing to hurt other people. In the case of asbestos, some companies knowingly exposed people to this deadly carcinogen. That’s horrible. They could have implemented safeguards so our clients were not exposed to asbestos and did not develop mesothelioma, a devastating cancer. My colleagues and I want to make sure those responsible are held accountable. They need to own up to what they’ve done and provide compensation to our clients for the injuries suffered."
"For me, I’ve always known I wanted to be the attorney who gets to know his clients. Human interaction is the most important thing — 100%, no doubt about it. I want to meet my clients one-on-one. To hear their stories. And to know the faces that go with those stories of asbestos exposure."
"When Perry Weitz and I founded this firm in 1986, we took the position that every client’s case would be treated as if it were the most important because we believe every client deserves his or her lawyer’s diligent attention, compassion, and excellence. We had but one goal: providing exemplary, custom-tailored legal service. Nothing has changed since the beginning, except that we’re now the largest mass-tort and personal injury litigation law firm in New York City and a powerhouse of legal innovation on the national scene as a result of holding fast to our founding principles.
We find ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity of practicing law at its highest level for America’s most vulnerable citizens as well as furthering ambitious philanthropic and social initiatives."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Defective Drugs and Devices, Personal Injury and Malpractice, Environmental Pollution, Consumer Protection
"To my knowledge, no other asbestos exposure and mesothelioma law firm fights as hard as Weitz & Luxenberg to see that its clients get the justice they deserve. That’s because no law firm cares as deeply about its clients as Weitz & Luxenberg."
"The people who come to us for help are almost always those in the most dire need of justice. They’re in the poorest medical condition. They’re in the worst financial straits. And it’s because they’re the ones who have been most wronged."
"Obtaining justice from defendants in an asbestos injury case parallels to an extent what transpires in a criminal case. In both you have an accused wrongdoer, a victim, a harm — and an opportunity to make things right."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Personal Injury and Malpractice
"For a Weitz & Luxenberg attorney, the most satisfaction gained from assisting clients comes when they receive a measure of justice for the harms they have suffered at the hands of indifferent and unscrupulous corporations. It is a distinct honor and pleasure to be part of this process."
"I have been with Weitz & Luxenberg since the very beginning. Throughout those years, in my role as a senior trial attorney, I have been able to help many people suffering from debilitating diseases and incapacitating personal injuries. I have obtained for my clients some of our firm’s largest mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer verdicts. I have also obtained some of our firm’s largest verdicts for people injured in construction and motor vehicle accidents and for those injured by defective products. I am quite proud of what our firm has been able to accomplish."
"It is a privilege to represent the clients I represent. The list of representative professions of people I have had the privilege to represent in successful asbestos cases is varied. It ranges from professions historically associated with asbestos exposure such as Armed Forces service members who protect our country, construction workers who helped build our city, as well as utility workers, police officers and firefighters who keep our city safe to professions with less common exposures, such as dentists, artists, bakery workers, stage actors and musicians."
"The work I do involves representing people who need a voice; someone to speak on their behalf. The men and women who Weitz & Luxenberg represents have developed mesothelioma and are facing challenging situations. They’re sick because the companies that made the asbestos products they worked with never warned them about the dangers of asbestos. These companies never took the precautions to safeguard our clients. That is indefensible. We intend to set things right. Our clients deserve the best outcome possible."
"No person should have to suffer from an asbestos-related disease, and no family should experience that heartache. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases cause suffering that would never have happened if companies who profited from asbestos-containing products had acted responsibly. As an attorney, I can’t undo the pain these companies have caused, but I can work through our legal system to secure the justice and compensation our clients and their families deserve."
"I enjoy working closely with my clients and their families as I help them through an extremely difficult time. Our clients are facing huge challenges and I like to think that I can provide a sense of comfort in navigating their new reality. I fight hard to get them the best outcome possible."
"Helping people fight a good fight and knowing that every day I’m making a positive difference in their lives, those are the most satisfying aspects of my work as a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer."
"At the end of the day, I want to be able to say I made a difference in someone’s life. When I meet with clients who have worked so hard all their lives to provide for their families and are facing such a devastating illness, I’m impressed by their courage. That’s why what we do is so important."
"A call came to us from a woman whose father was exposed to asbestos in the Navy and now had lung cancer. She said another law firm had been retained to represent him, but did nothing for him and, after a year, sent her a letter saying they no longer were interested in handling the case. When this woman called us, her father was in hospice with just weeks to live. She was beside herself with grief, not knowing what to do. We told her not to worry, and the very next morning we visited her father at his nursing home. Two days later we filed a lawsuit on his behalf. Seven days later he gave his deposition from his bed. He was extremely weak, so he had to fight to tell his story, but he wanted people to know what the defendant companies had done to him. Three days after completing his deposition he passed away. The case the other firm couldn’t be bothered with? We obtained significant settlements for the man’s family, and we’re not done yet."
"I enjoy the David versus Goliath aspect of asbestos litigation — fighting for the rights of individuals who were harmed through no fault of their own against corporations who placed their bottom-line above the health and safety of their consumers."
"I truly feel fortunate helping people who are suffering from asbestos diseases. From initial client interviews to conducting the exhaustive research into the sources of each person’s asbestos exposures, and from preparing for trial to going into the courtroom to seek justice itself, I enjoy every aspect of the work I do at Weitz & Luxenberg. In fact, this is the only law firm I am aware of that has the extensive staff and experience to aggressively represent people suffering from mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis and other asbestos-related conditions."
"Having family and friends who have labored in the building trades and served in the U.S. Navy, I feel a special kinship with those who we represent, so many of whom have toiled to build our cities and served to protect our country."
"Being able to offer hope to mesothelioma victims and their families is, for me, one of the most rewarding aspects of my work at Weitz & Luxenberg. In this world there is no greater injustice than a death that could have been prevented. That’s what a death from mesothelioma is. It is injustice, and it is injustice the families of asbestos-exposure victims know all too well. So, to be able to advocate for them and be a part of something that can change their lives for the better is something truly important."
"Asbestos has wreaked havoc with so many lives because of its extremely harmful health effects. The real tragedy is that, had the makers and sellers of asbestos products only supplied adequate warnings of the dangers surrounding asbestos exposure, there would have been fewer cases of sickness and death. Since the asbestos marketers couldn’t be bothered with taking so simple an action, it falls to us at Weitz & Luxenberg to try to make things right for the innocent people who’ve been harmed."
"I want to be a voice for people who are not in a position to stand up for themselves. In the case of asbestos and mesothelioma, you’re dealing with large companies that didn’t care that they exposed regular, hard-working Americans to this cancer-causing substance. My ability to help people is really motivating. I feel a huge sense of satisfaction when I achieve a really great outcome for our clients against defendants who were responsible for making our clients sick."
"Doing asbestos litigation is about doing detective work. There’s a kind of energy that drives you to prove the case, to hold the companies responsible. You investigate, talk to witnesses, obtain documents, and pursue all available evidence. You want to do all that you can to help the people who are sick and not allow irresponsible companies to escape from the consequences of their actions."
"One of the great things about working for Weitz & Luxenberg is that you know you’re part of something bigger than just yourself. We’re all here to help people harmed in some way — by a company or a person who was irresponsible or, in the case of asbestos manufacturers, downright contemptible. When one of us achieves a “win” for a client, we all feel the satisfaction of having done something important, something that really matters to the people we’re trying to help."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Defective Drugs and Devices, Personal Injury and Malpractice
"When I joined forces with Arthur Luxenberg many years ago, we created a firm dedicated to protecting workers’ rights and the legal rights of the disadvantaged while, at the same time, returning something back to the people of New York. Our employees take great pride in knowing that the Weitz & Luxenberg law firm is so often associated with charitable causes and activities. Our efforts are motivated by the firm’s commitment to give something back to the communities in which we live and work."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos, Defective Drugs and Devices, Personal Injury and Malpractice, Environmental Pollution, Consumer Protection
"From my first day at Weitz & Luxenberg’s New Jersey office handling mesothelioma and asbestos litigation, I sensed a good fit. Everyone here wants to do meaningful work that makes a difference in people’s lives. I’m excited to be a part of that effort, and I feel privileged to have this opportunity."
"There is no law firm more determined to help people suffering the horrific consequences of exposure to asbestos than Weitz & Luxenberg. It is a high honor to be part of this family of talented, caring attorneys."
"My stepfather died in 2002 of lung cancer. Not until some years later did my mother and I learn that he may have been exposed to asbestos. If I had known then what I know now about the legal rights that asbestos exposure victims possess, I might have been able to give my stepfather in his final months and days greater peace of mind. That’s what I strive for in my work today with the asbestos-exposure victims who become my clients. My stepfather is my inspiration for that."
"What really motivates me is the power disparity — when powerful CEOs, managers, and others take advantage of people who are at a disadvantage. Our clients at Weitz & Luxenberg trusted large companies, including their own employers, to be honest and decent. Instead, many of these companies violated these hard-working people’s trust out of greed and with callous disregard for their health and safety. The truth about what these companies have done needs to come out, and our clients should receive just compensation for all they’ve suffered."
Focus: Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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