Alex Eiden has been an associate attorney in the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit in the firm’s Cherry Hill office in New Jersey, since 2012. He came to us from a law office in Wilmington, Delaware, where he began working shortly after graduating from law school.
A knowledgeable and experienced attorney, Mr. Eiden handles cases for three jurisdictions: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
“At Weitz & Luxenberg, I get to work with some of the best attorneys in the world. And being part of Weitz & Luxenberg’s efforts to help our clients and their families is an honor. I am extremely grateful to have access to the very best resources. Our clients deserve no less.
“They’re salt of the earth, humble, hard-working people. They’ve devoted their lives to their families and worked hard all of their lives. The companies that intentionally disregarded their safety by exposing them to asbestos should not get away with it,” Mr. Eiden insists.
Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma and Other Cancer
W&L shares Mr. Eiden’s drive to help people injured by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Being exposed to asbestos can lead to a variety of diseases, including mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that often targets the lungs. There are treatments, but the disease is always fatal.
W&L attorneys founded this firm more than 30 years ago to help our clients who developed severe asbestos-exposure illnesses. As long as there are companies that choose to put profits before people, we will continue to fight on our clients’ behalf.
People’s Lives Are More Important Than Money
“The companies that have exposed people to asbestos keep repeating the same narrative,” Mr. Eiden explains. “They’ve dug themselves in so deep they have to keep repeating the lie - that what they’re doing is okay.
“But it’s not,” Mr. Eiden says. “Time and time again, they have put money over human life. That is unconscionable. At Weitz & Luxenberg, we intend to send a clear message that if companies knowingly endanger people’s lives, they will not get away with it.”
My Clients Are Like Family
“I think of myself as a person first and a lawyer second,” Mr. Eiden says. “When I go to meet with a client, I walk in the door as a real person who can relate to what they’re going through.
“I know what cancer can do to someone. The treatments involved. How cancer affects both the person with the diagnosis and all the family members. I hope the clients I meet with see me as someone who is authentic, someone who really cares about what they’re going through.
“Being able to explain how the legal process works is important. Sometimes our clients have never even heard of mesothelioma, and they’re trying to understand what they’re facing and how this diagnosis happened. But everything begins with gaining a client’s trust - letting them know I understand, that I’m there for them throughout the process.
“They become like family and friends to me. Even when a case seems to be coming close to a resolution, I like to check in with my clients to see how they’re doing,” Mr. Eiden adds. “To me, the process is personal, and I want to help them both legally and as a person who really cares about them.”
Victories and Settlements
•Multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a pipefitter diagnosed with mesothelioma. He installed concrete pipe containing asbestos while working as a laborer for a paving and excavating company for more than 15 years.
•Multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a man diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. Our client was repeatedly exposed to asbestos from construction work, pipe repair, and personal auto repairs.
•Large financial settlement on behalf of an 80-year-old man with mesothelioma. He was a former maintenance worker who had served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate. For several decades, our client was exposed to products and insulation containing asbestos.
•Multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a client exposed to asbestos in numerous settings. He worked as a mechanic, served in the U.S. Army, performed engine repairs, serviced heavy machinery and commercial trucks, and worked with products containing asbestos when remodeling his own home.
•Large financial settlement from our client’s employer. Our client was a welder who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job at a steel manufacturing company.
Prior Experience in the Law
Mr. Eiden joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s New Jersey office in November 2012 after spending a year in another Delaware law office which worked with W&L on a regular basis.
As an associate attorney there, Mr. Eiden drafted and argued motions on behalf of Weitz & Luxenberg’s Delaware Asbestos Litigation Department. His responsibilities included preparing cases for trial by managing discovery exchange, conducting depositions, and drafting pre-trial memoranda and mediations.
Outside the Office
When he’s not working, Mr. Eiden loves spending time with his wife and his dog, watching college football, and going to the beach. He and his wife, who is from Peru, both speak Spanish and enjoy traveling in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Eiden is licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Courts for the district of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
He earned his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in Delaware and his B.A. from West Virginia University in Morgantown. His B.A. was in political science, with an emphasis on law and legal studies.
•Guest Speaker: Legal Eagle Radio Show, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT: Asbestos and Mesothelioma, September 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
•Speaker: Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Litigation Conference: NJ Asbestos Litigation, Wilmington, Delaware, June 7, 2018.
•Speaker: New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference, Expert reports - The Essential “Four Corners,” New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 13, 2019.
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