Liskow & Lewis is pleased to announce that Jack M. Weiss will become of counsel to the firm as of September 1. Mr. Weiss will be based in the firm’s New Orleans office. His practice will focus on Media and First Amendment Law, Appellate Practice, Business Litigation, and Business Law.
Mr. Weiss, a Louisiana native, has represented clients in challenging media and business matters for more than forty years. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Weiss served as Chancellor and Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center.
“We are delighted to welcome Jack to the firm,” said Robert Angelico, President of Liskow & Lewis. “Jack is well known for his many years of success in defending the free flow of information to the public. In addition, he will add further depth and broad experience to our strong business litigation, business law, and appellate practices.”
Angelico said Weiss also will be available as a mediator and arbitrator, and will work with other Liskow attorneys to grow the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice.
“I’m very excited to join Liskow & Lewis,” Weiss said. “The firm has a long history of excellent service to its clients and integrity in all aspects of its work. I am truly grateful to be able to resume my practice with the talented team at Liskow & Lewis.”
Prior to his tenure at LSU, Mr. Weiss was a partner for nine years in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Mr. Weiss served as principal outside publication counsel to Dow Jones & Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. From 1975 to 1998, Mr. Weiss practiced law in New Orleans. He served as lead counsel to the Times-Picayune for more than twenty years and represented numerous other major publishing and broadcast clients. For many years, Mr. Weiss was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for First Amendment law and was ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top lawyers in the New York media and entertainment bar.
In addition to his experience in media law, Mr. Weiss has broad and diverse experience in a wide variety of transactional and commercial legal matters and litigations. From 1986 to 1987, he served as chairman of the Section on Business and Corporation Law of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Mr. Weiss served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 to 1973, and as law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1971 to 1972. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Weiss served as a legislative assistant to Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana.
Mr. Weiss received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree cum laude with high honors from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, New York, and the District of Columbia.
In 2006, Mr. Weiss was honored as a Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus of Harvard Law School. In 2010, Mr. Weiss was the co-recipient of the 100 Black Men/Forum 35 Baton Rouge Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award, given to community members who have “worked to break down the barriers that divide our community and prevent us from working and living together in harmony.”
Founded in 1935 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Liskow & Lewis has grown to more than 130 attorneys in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. Since its inception, the firm’s practice has included a focus on the energy and oil and gas industries. The firm and its attorneys are recognized for contributions to the development of Louisiana’s mineral law, as well as for providing clients with exceptional counsel.