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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.
Jason M. Weiner has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s highly motivated Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit. Mr. Weiner is thrilled to be working at what he says is one of the “great, premier law firms” dealing with asbestos and mesothelioma litigation.
“Even before I started working here, I knew Weitz & Luxenberg was the real thing, a firm fully committed to helping individuals harmed by the actions of large corporations, Mr. Weiner says.
“I’ve met these people. I’ve visited them in their homes. They’ve developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases because they were lied to,” Mr. Weiner declares.
“Weitz & Luxenberg has spent decades standing up to these unscrupulous companies that didn’t care about the people they were hurting. These companies exposed people to asbestos, even while knowing how dangerous it was.
“Now our clients are sick,” Mr. Weiner explains. “To be part of a law firm dedicated to doing everything it legally can to help these people is a huge privilege.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with people all across the country. I’ve been to big cities and small towns.
You get know people one-on-one. That’s one of the huge benefits of doing this kind of work.
“It’s all about the people. Why we do what we do. The people we’re able to help. That’s one of the most rewarding parts of this job.
“It’s such a strong motivator to be working at Weitz & Luxenberg where everyone is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients,” Mr. Weiner says.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Asbestos causes cancer. Companies across the country have known this for decades.
In this country, manufacturers began mining and using asbestos in many products in the 19th century. Because asbestos is both heat and fire resistant, companies took advantage of this relatively inexpensive natural substance.
To these companies, cheap and inexpensive meant bigger and bigger profits for the company and its shareholders.
The fact is companies knowingly exposed people to asbestos to make as much money as possible for as long as they could get away with it.
Mr. Weiner joined Weitz and Luxenberg because this firm was founded more than 30 years ago to try to put an end to this reckless and shameful conduct.
Companies do not want to take responsibility for their actions. They know what they did is reprehensible, but they are hoping someone else will take the fall.
The truth about asbestos exposure is that disease does not happen overnight. Someone can be exposed to asbestos today and not develop mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases for 30, 40, or 50 years, in some cases.
“Our job at Weitz & Luxenberg,” Mr. Weiner points out, “is to do the investigative work. Help our clients look back 30 or 40 years and pinpoint where and when the asbestos exposure took place.
“If we can link our client to a specific product, and we can find out what that product contains and where it was made, we can put the pieces together. There’s a great sense of accomplishment in getting a big company to come clean.
“We may not be able to undo the damage that has been done, but being able to offer some sense of justice to a family is extremely rewarding.”
As an experienced litigator, Mr. Weiner was able to negotiate a settlement for a client who worked in a smelting plant and contracted mesothelioma. Mr. Weiner was able to maintain a substantial settlement for that client; a small piece of justice.
Prior to joining Weitz & Luxenberg’s team of asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys, Mr. Weiner was with a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he represented clients with asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
Mr. Weiner not only engaged in settlement negotiations, but also drafted legal documents and conducted depositions. In addition, he participated in negotiations with government agencies.
In an earlier position, also in Baltimore, Mr. Weiner managed the firm’s Maryland asbestos docket. He represented clients at hearings, engaged in settlement negotiations, and conducted depositions.
Most notably, in his work with asbestos litigation, Mr. Weiner practiced in multiple jurisdictions across the country.
Mr. Weiner is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
He earned his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and his B.A. from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.
Outside of his work at Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Weiner loves to travel and sample the cuisine in New York City’s restaurants. He moved to the city in the fall of 2017 and enjoys exploring his new neighborhood communities.
Other favorite pastimes include soccer, baseball, and football.
Jason M. Weiner will be happy to review your case.