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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.
Cody M. Greenes has joined the growing number of experienced attorneys in Weitz & Luxenberg’s Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit in the firm’s New Jersey office. “The opportunity to work for Weitz & Luxenberg is exciting and a huge privilege,” Mr. Greenes says.
“We are a national firm that is dedicated to helping thousands of people and has done so over the years. To me, that’s the most rewarding part — being able to have an impact on clients and their families at what is often a painful and overwhelming time.”
Before choosing to work for Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Greenes researched the firm, its history, ethos, and mission. “I knew I wanted to be a part of the firm’s efforts to help people,” Mr. Greenes states.
At Weitz & Luxenberg, we are happy to welcome Mr. Greenes on board. His drive to help families harmed by asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is one we share. It is the very same drive and determination that Weitz & Luxenberg was founded on more than 30 years ago.
“Throughout almost a decade of experience, I have discovered how challenging and rewarding handling personal injury cases can be. I’ve met with clients in the hospital who were sick because of defective products.
“I’ve seen the look in a kid’s eyes when visiting a parent in the hospital. Somehow, when you’re in that room and sharing that experience with a family, everything else in the world melts away.
“All that matters is helping that family. Being a presence that offers relief and hope,” Mr. Greenes says.
“I’ve had my own personal experience needing and working with a personal injury attorney,” Mr. Greenes discloses. “As a client, I learned how important it is as an attorney to build trust with my clients.
“Client trust is critical. You want your client to feel comfortable opening up to you and sharing sometimes very personal information.
“I do my best to imagine myself in my clients’ shoes and understand where they’re coming from,” Mr. Greenes explains. “When clients feel free to share information, you may learn about critical factors that can really help their case.
“Particularly in cases involving asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, absolutely every single detail matters,” Mr. Greenes points out.
“I believe my experience handling catastrophic personal injury cases helps me at Weitz & Luxenberg when it comes to dealing with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma,” Mr. Greenes says.
“These families are facing one of the most challenging and stressful times in their lives. That’s where I want to be. With them every step of the way, so they don’t have to face these circumstances alone.
“Our clients, in some cases, have spent their whole lives working to provide for their families. Putting their families first.
“The tragic irony is that the very thing they did to provide for their families ended up making them ill. And even though they’re dealing with such an aggressive cancer as mesothelioma, they still want to provide for their families and put their families first.
“I want to be someone they can count on. Someone who represents hope.”
Prior to joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Greenes worked for a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia for nearly a decade. He was a case manager for federal and mass tort product liability litigations.
Mr. Greenes represented clients who had suffered personal injury, sometimes life-threatening, because of defective products and medications. The firm handled cases involving gadolinium, Pradaxa, Actos, pelvic mesh, children’s Motrin, and testosterone replacement therapy, among other harmful products.
As a case manager, Mr. Greenes handled cases from start to finish. One of his most enjoyable and rewarding responsibilities was working with clients.
Establishing, sustaining, trusting, and supporting relationships with his clients was an integral part of his job. He also managed interns, paralegals, contract personnel, and staff attorneys.
In addition to acting as lead or sole attorney on multiple individual cases, Mr. Greenes argued successfully as appellee counsel in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
One of Mr. Greenes’ most notable achievements was helping to secure a $10 million verdict for a child seriously harmed by defective medication.
He and his firm, in partnership with another law firm, faced off against a pharmaceutical giant to achieve this victory.
Mr. Greenes is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Since 2014, Mr. Greenes has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and his B.A. from the University of California in Santa Barbara, California.
Outside of the office, Mr. Greenes likes to continue his work toward social justice. Most recently, that has meant volunteering his time with Philadelphia’s inner-city schools and educational system.
Only a handful of elementary schools in Philadelphia still have active libraries. Mr. Greenes participates in renovation, book-drives and re-education of the importance of making these spaces available at the elementary school level.
Mr. Greenes serves as a volunteer on Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s Board of Directors, and has been a past Trustee and board member for local and national nonprofit organizations.
He has also volunteered with dog rescue and adoption as well as food-security programs. In addition, he enjoys reading, cycling, and playing rugby and volleyball. He is an avid NBA and 76ers fan.
Cody M. Greenes will be happy to review your case.