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We live in a climate where corporate interests are often put above those of workers and consumers. With nearly limitless resources spent on lawyers and lobbyists, corporations have stacked the deck in their favor and against working families. I went into law to be a check on corporate powers and to hold them accountable for their misconduct. I want to help those hurt by that misconduct by giving them a voice, and I will do everything I can to fight for the justice they deserve.
As an experienced asbestos attorney, Daniel B. Weiss is a welcome addition to our dedicated Mesothelioma and Asbestos Group litigation unit. He comes to us with a strong background in litigating complex person injury actions. He helped to secure numerous verdicts and settlements for clients harmed by exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing talc products.
“I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work at Weitz & Luxenberg,” says Mr. Weiss. “Among plaintiffs’ firms, it is well known and respected across the country for its leadership in representing clients harmed by the misconduct of others, particularly in asbestos and mesothelioma litigation.”
“I’ve known for years I wanted to be an attorney who acted on behalf of people, not corporations,” Mr. Weiss states. “Many of the corporate defendants in cases I litigate have gotten away with outrageous behavior and actions for years.”
“They hold themselves out to be upstanding corporate citizens and job creators. On the surface, some companies act like they care about consumers and the public. They produce products and market them as safe, healthy, and natural.
“But some of these products can be incredibly dangerous. Talc is just one example,” Mr. Weiss explains. “Some talc products are tainted with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Being exposed to asbestos can lead to horrific lung diseases and cancers, such as mesothelioma.
“Infants exposed to talc products contaminated with asbestos have been known to develop asbestos-related illnesses as early as in their 20s. Yet marketers promoted these products for infants as safe and effective. This situation is appalling to me,” Mr. Weiss insists.
“This kind of deceit and deception is unconscionable. If someone doesn’t hold them accountable, these dishonest companies will carry on with business as usual, putting profit over workers’ and consumers’ health and well-being. That is not acceptable and I want to be part of Weitz & Luxenberg’s efforts to stop them in their tracks.”
“The most important thing I can do is be an advocate for my client,” Mr. Weiss says. “When I first meet with a new client, developing trust is where it all starts.”
“Our clients may have heard of Weitz & Luxenberg. They may be familiar with the name and what our firm does, but the relationship we develop is personal,” Mr. Weiss explains.
“I want to assure my clients that they can trust me and that I have their back. I will be there every step of the way. It’s important for me to explain the legal process in a way they understand.
“It all comes down to making clients feel comfortable so that they can tell their stories. I’m there to guide, encourage, and support them in whatever way is most helpful,” Mr. Weiss adds. “I am there for them, and to be their advocate.
“And I’m there to make sure the attorneys for the defendants don’t play games,” Mr. Weiss says.
“The legal system can be complex and overwhelming. As attorneys, we can explore and weigh the pros and cons of the many legal options available to us. Ultimately, I aim to put the best interests of my client first,” Mr. Weiss insists.
Before joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Weiss was an associate at another asbestos exposure law firm. As an associate, Mr. Weiss second-chaired a two month workplace asbestos exposure trial, resulting in a $2.38 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff.
He was also involved in the developing talc litigation, representing consumers exposed to asbestos from cosmetic talc products used on children and adults.
In addition, he co-authored a New Jersey Association for Justice Amicus Brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court opposing the “bare metal defense” in asbestos litigation.
Before litigating asbestos exposure cases, Mr. Weiss worked as an attorney at another personal injury firm in New York City, focusing on mass torts and medical malpractice cases.
During that time, Mr. Weiss second-chaired a major medical malpractice trial involving the misdiagnosis of myasthenia gravis — a chronic autoimmune disease requiring aggressive and invasive treatment — resulting in a $4.9 million verdict in favor of the patient.
Mr. Weiss also served as the lead associate on the Flint water crisis litigation team. In additional to traditional litigation duties, he managed and coordinated teams in Flint, Michigan, and New York to develop the litigation from the ground up.
He drafted the master complaint for mass adoption by individual plaintiffs joining the litigation and helped defend the adoption of that complaint in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
As part of that role, Mr. Weiss served on the Plaintiff’s Liaison Committee and Discovery Subcommittee, assisting in the strategy development and discovery coordination between plaintiff law firms.
Outside the office, Mr. Weiss loves traveling and enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, especially hiking.
He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in political philosophy from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
While at Georgetown, Mr. Weiss was a Senior Staff member of the law journal, The Tax Lawyer.
Mr. Weiss is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. He is also licensed in the U.S. Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. Eastern District Court of Michigan.
Daniel B. Weiss will be happy to review your case.