Mariana Rossman is a case manager in Weitz & Luxenberg’s experienced Mesothelioma and Asbestos Group litigation unit in the firm’s New Jersey office.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to be able to do really good work, to really help people,” Ms. Rossman says. “At Weitz & Luxenberg, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to continue doing so. What we do has a huge impact on people’s lives.
“At W & L, there is this overriding conviction to right the wrongs that have been done to the men and women we represent. We want to do everything we can legally to bring justice for the families,” Ms. Rossman declares.
Building Relationships with Asbestos Clients
With close to 20 years of experience working with clients one-on-one, Ms. Rossman is a welcome addition to W & L’s mesothelioma and asbestos team. As she points out, “Relationship building is the foundation of the work we do on behalf of our clients. All of our work begins with our clients and their families.”
The team at Weitz & Luxenberg could not agree more. For over 30 years, our attorneys have dedicated themselves to helping people harmed by the actions of others. Particularly with asbestos exposure, we feel driven to zealously advocate to bring about a just legal resolution.
Asbestos exposure is lethal. Some companies’ actions have been exceptionally egregious, and they should not be able to walk away without providing compensation for the injuries they’ve caused.
Travelling to Asbestos Clients’ Homes
“Typically, when our clients contact us, they have already developed mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer,” Ms. Rossman explains. “Many are not able to travel, so we drive to their homes, fly to their homes, do whatever we need to do to get there to help.”
Like the other W & L attorneys, Ms. Rossman meets with our clients in their living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. “By the time our clients contact us, they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, often in the advanced stages,” Ms. Rossman explains.
“At this point in their lives, our clients’ primary concern continues to be for their families. They want to make sure their loved ones will be provided for.
“We encourage them to share their stories and assure our clients we will do everything legally possible to secure the compensation they deserve. Often, they’re intimidated by the legal process so we explain in plain English how the process works.” says Ms. Rossman.
She adds, “The legal process takes time, and there are many defendants out there who have liability for asbestos exposure. We know that people who worked in particular industries - shipbuilding, automotive, and construction just to name a few - are more likely to have been occupationally exposed to asbestos.
W & L Has Expansive Database of Asbestos Knowledge
“Fortunately for our clients, Weitz & Luxenberg has been handling cases involving asbestos exposure for decades,” Ms. Rossman says. “The firm has an enormous database of knowledge and resources at hand.
“We’ve done the research, investigated the companies that made asbestos products and the industries that used products made with asbestos, thoroughly combed through their records, collected information, and followed the mergers, acquisitions, contracts, liabilities and assets, and bankruptcies of companies,” Ms. Rossman explains.
“Companies may think they can hide from their past, or run away from it, but Weitz & Luxenberg has made it our mission to hold the responsible companies accountable. And we have the experience and resources to achieve the resolution our clients deserve - and they deserve the best,” adds Ms. Rossman.
Solid History of Fighting for “the Little Guy”
Over the years, Ms. Rossman has dedicated her career to helping what she calls “the little guy, the underdog.”
“Typically, my clients need someone to be their voice. I wanted to make sure they are treated fairly she says.”
Immediately prior to joining W & L, Ms. Rossman headed her own legal practice in Philadelphia. For years, she was the solo practitioner in a multicounty practice focusing on criminal defense and university disciplinary matters.
Prior to forming her own law firm, Ms. Rossman worked at a large law firm in Center City Philadelphia as a litigation associate, where she spent three years representing corporate and individual clients in criminal and complex civil matters before both state and federal courts.
Ms. Rossman also taught trial advocacy at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia for four years, and has served a visiting lecturer.
Know the Intricacies of Defense Attorneys
Experience working on the opposite side of the fence as a defense attorney can help in being a successful plaintiff’s attorney, like the ones here at W & L. Ms. Rossman has the insight to know firsthand how the opposition thinks - and how to beat them.
Immediately after earning her J.D., Ms. Rossman worked for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. As a court-appointed attorney, she represented criminal defendants in the Philadelphia Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas.
She defended clients in jury trials and representing clients in parole and probation violation hearings and in hundreds of bench trials.
She believes her investigative skills and experience in developing relationships with clients serves her well at Weitz & Luxenberg.
Legal Education and Personal Activities
Ms. Rossman is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
She earned her Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy and J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Outside of work, Ms. Rossman enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She also loves attending concerts where she can hear live music.
Associations and Licenses
•Pennsylvania Innocence Project
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