Lara H. Weissman

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Biography

Weitz & Luxenberg is known across the country as a firm with an exceptional reputation for helping its clients. But even more, everyone here — the attorneys and the staff — really cares about people. They go above and beyond. They give their all. Everything begins with establishing a trusting, caring relationship with every client we represent. And that’s what drives us every day.

Weitz & Luxenberg is excited Lara H. Weissman joined our dedicated and knowledgeable Mesothelioma and Asbestos litigation unit. “I’ve spent my career representing individuals and their families who have suffered unthinkable injuries at the hands of others. Coming here is a natural transition for me,” Ms. Weissman says.

“This is the kind of work I care about most. Using the legal system to help individual people facing terrible, overwhelming circumstances. 

“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to join Weitz & Luxenberg’s outstanding team of mesothelioma and asbestos litigation attorneys,” states Ms. Weissman. “Weitz & Luxenberg is the pioneer in this litigation field.

“For more than 30 years, they’ve dedicated themselves to securing justice for clients who might not otherwise have a voice. Becoming part of their efforts is an honor and a privilege.”

Our Clients Are Wonderful

“I’m in awe of our clients. I love hearing their life stories and getting to know them and their families. These are some of the hardest working, most inspiring people I’ve ever met,” Ms. Weissman emphasizes.

“They gave their lives to their jobs — quite literally — because it’s often these jobs that exposed our clients to asbestos. And now our clients are facing mesothelioma and lung cancer diagnoses.”

What a Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Diagnosis Means

“Mesothelioma and lung cancer are extremely aggressive diseases that ravage the lungs. Due to a latency period after one is exposed to asbestos, these cancers will take years, even decades, to develop and show themselves. By the time a diagnosis is made, the cancer is usually advanced.

“There are treatments, but people are generally not given a positive long-term prognosis, particularly in the case of a mesothelioma diagnosis. Both cancers take a tremendous physical and emotional toll on a person and his or her family that cannot be ignored or overlooked,” Ms. Weissman explains.

Being There for Our Clients

“The circumstances our clients are facing are already overwhelming. Having to navigate a highly intricate and complex legal system adds an even greater burden. Our clients shouldn’t have to face this situation alone,” Ms. Weissman insists.

“What really gets me is when a client mourns that he or she can no longer work,’” Ms. Weissman says. “That speaks to character in a powerful way.

“Instead of feeling resentment about being sick, often as a result of asbestos exposure from their occupations, our clients lament that they can no longer work. They like working. They want to provide for their families. Losing their ability to work is a huge loss for them,” Ms. Weissman continues.

“Our clients are incredible. I want to help them in any way I can. I can’t undo what has been done to them, but achieving a just legal outcome would offer at least some compensation and resolution for what they’ve had to endure,” Ms. Weissman explains.

“When the legal system works, that’s a good feeling,” Ms. Weissman adds.

Experienced in Asbestos Litigation

Ms. Weissman comes to us directly from another law firm in New York City where she specialized in health and life sciences law and toxic tort cases.

She successfully litigated complex and time sensitive asbestos related cases nationwide. She sought justice for victims who had been wronged by corporations’ knowing sale of asbestos-containing products.

Ms. Weissman acted as the supervising attorney for all motions within the asbestos containing talcum powder division.

Her responsibilities included thoroughly investigating cases, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing corporate documents spanning several decades. She also defended and deposed fact witnesses, corporate representatives, and experts.

Disability Rights Work

Before specializing in asbestos law, Ms. Weissman worked for Disability Rights New York where she represented individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Her responsibilities included litigating systemic issues of abuse or neglect against individuals with disabilities, developing advocacy projects, and implementing outreach services through oral presentations and lectures.

She drafted briefs and presented oral arguments in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, District Courts, and the Second Circuit. She also investigated, negotiated, and counseled on their behalf.

Ms. Weissman served as lead counsel for an appeal in the Second Circuit to enjoin the N.Y.S. Unified Court System from appointing guardianships pursuant to Article 17A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act.

Making Construction Companies Pay for Damage

Ms. Weissman worked for other firms in the area of construction litigation. She litigated cases as lead counsel on issues related to damages, commercial agreements, and ERISA. She also advised Fortune 500 clients on construction contracts, labor law, commercial agreements, and insurance policies.

In particular, she is noted for securing a $2.5 million settlement for an individual who was wrongfully denied ERISA coverage.

She represented clients as lead counsel for cases related to construction litigation, New York Labor Law, OSHA compliance, professional liability, permitting, and general liability. She also reviewed and negotiated commercial contracts, AIA agreements, construction agreements, architect contracts, and engineering contracts.

Civil Rights Litigation

Ms. Weissman has also worked at other law firms focusing on personal injury and civil rights litigation. She prosecuted cases in federal and state courts and appeared for oral arguments, depositions, conferences, and mediations.

She served as associate counsel for one plaintiff in In re McCray et al. (S.D.N.Y. 03-CV-9685). Ms. Weissman helped secure a landmark $41 million aggregate settlement for the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five.

Clerkship in N.J. Superior Court

Ms. Weissman served as a trial court law clerk for the Honorable James J. Guida, J.S.C. – Criminal Vicinage, for the Superior Court of New Jersey in Hackensack.

She acted as the liaison between Judge Guida and the attorneys who appeared before the court. Her conducted legal research; preparing memoranda regarding dispositions of motions; drafting legal correspondence; and assisting with case conferences, motion hearings, and trials.

The Personal Side of Life

Outside the office, Ms. Weissman enjoys spending time with her husband and other family members, including two cats. She also loves powerlifting at the gym and attending Broadway shows.

Ms. Weissman is licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey. She is also licensed to practice law in these federal courts: U.S. Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey

She has been recognized a Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star for 2018 and 2019.

She earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and her B.A. in anthropology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Publications

  • “A moot issue? Rethinking Holocaust era restitution of Jewish confiscated personal property in Poland,” 13 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 679-711 (2012).

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