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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.
Joseph Loloi has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s specialized and knowledgeable Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit. “I’m excited to be back working on behalf of regular, everyday people,” Mr. Loloi states. “In the DA’s office, I worked on behalf of people who had been victims of crimes. Sometimes they’d been shot or otherwise hurt because of other people’s actions.
“At Weitz & Luxenberg, our clients were just going about their lives, doing their jobs, and working hard to provide for their families. Now they’re facing the aggressive cancer mesothelioma because some companies did horrible things. I want to make sure those companies are held responsible,” insists Mr. Loloi.
“Since joining Weitz & Luxenberg, I have the opportunity to watch our asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in action, meeting with clients, and fighting on their behalf. I really admire them. I love being here among people who are all working toward the same thing — to get the best results for our clients,” Mr. Loloi says.
Weitz & Luxenberg feels privileged Mr. Loloi joined our team of asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys. Each and every one of us has made it our mission to help people injured due to the intentional actions of others. With mesothelioma, we know companies put our clients’ lives at risk by exposing them to asbestos.
“One of the first steps in helping our clients is getting to know them,” explains Mr. Loloi. “We travel to their homes and get to know them one on one.
“Developing trust is the most important thing. When our clients trust us, they feel more confident in sharing their stories.
“Empathy and understanding are critical, but so are logic and reasoning. Our clients need to know that not only are we genuinely concerned about them but also that we have the legal knowledge and experience to actually help them.
“Here, people’s lives are on the line. Money is part of it — helping our clients pay for necessary medical treatment and provide for their families. But we also want to be there for our clients and help them and their families process what is happening.”
“I am fluent in Italian,” Mr. Loloi declares. “Already, that has come in handy with a couple of our clients.”
“Some of our clients have come here from other countries. Just like my family did. I’m a first-generation American and the first one in my family to get a law degree.
“Some of our clients came to the United States to pursue the American dream. Maybe they don’t speak English well or know its culture and customs.
“There are some corporations out there that take advantage of this,” Mr. Loloi points out.
“People may know about asbestos, but they don’t know the toll it will take on their lives. They may be trusting and can’t imagine that corporations knowingly put their employees’ health in danger and expose them to asbestos. But some companies do so without thinking twice about it.
“Our hard-working clients were simply trying to build a better life for their families. They were planning ahead and hoping for a well-deserved retirement.
“Then the disease hit them. Mesothelioma hurts our clients but it also hurts their families. It’s horrible to think that instead of being rewarded for all their hard work, our clients are now facing this awful disease, one that didn’t have to happen.
We have known for decades that asbestos causes cancer. And mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, only is caused by asbestos exposure.
The corporations that expose people to asbestos are knowingly endangering people’s lives. “They are destroying families’ American dreams,” declares Mr. Loloi.
“They didn’t have to. They chose to.
“What I want to do is help as many of our clients as possible. We can’t undo the damage done, but being able to say ‘I helped you,’ is rewarding. Seeing our clients receive a just outcome matters.”
Prior to joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Loloi worked at a boutique law office in New York City. As a trial attorney, he negotiated settlements on behalf of clients, took depositions, and made court appearances.
As lead counsel, he conducted trials and hearings in the New York State Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Loloi handled several criminal cases, negotiating plea deals for the firm’s clients.
Soon after graduating from law school, Mr. Loloi went to work for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in New York. For more than four years, he served as assistant district attorney, often conducting trials.
Mr. Loloi handled more than 1,000 felony and misdemeanor cases from inception to disposition. His responsibilities included interviewing witnesses and conducting both bench and jury trials.
Outside of work, Mr. Loloi enjoys reading, science, classical music, and soccer. In fact, for 3 years, he served as a soccer coach for young members of the Mashadi Community of Great Neck, New York.
In addition, during several summers, he created a day camp for children. Campers participated in activities ranging from sports to prayers. Weekly field trips were also part of the experience.
Mr. Loloi is licensed to practice law in New York.
He earned his J.D. from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, New York, and his B.A. from Queens College in Flushing, New York.
Joseph Loloi will be happy to review your case.