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University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 1981; Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Stanford University, A.B. 1977, with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa

Hon. R. Lanier Anderson III, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

1982, New York

AV Preeminent® Rated

Joel Weiss joined the firm in 1986 and practices commercial litigation with particular emphasis on securities and other corporate litigation matters. Joel has had a broad range of experience in all types of securities litigation, including the defense of securities class actions and derivative actions, tender offer litigation, SEC enforcement and regulatory proceedings, Exchange disciplinary and other administrative proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, securities arbitrations on behalf of both claimants and respondents, and criminal and internal corporate investigations concerning securities transactions. Joel has served as lead or liaison defense counsel in numerous multiple-defendant securities actions.

Joel’s extensive commercial litigation experience also includes bankruptcy, contract, UCC, intellectual property (patent infringement, trade secret, trademark, trade name and unfair competition), insurance coverage, antitrust, employment discrimination, commercial real estate, business fraud and other business torts, misappropriation, embezzlement, and defamation matters. He has tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts throughout the nation and has arbitrated numerous matters before the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and various securities exchange arbitral panels.

Joel’s experience in complex commercial matters, as well as his background in computers and programming, have also led to his involvement in transactional matters, including the negotiation and drafting of website and other software development agreements.

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