My clients didn’t do anything wrong. They worked hard and supported their families, but they’re punished for that by being afflicted with a terrible disease. Mesothelioma, asbestos cancers – these are horrific conditions. They did nothing to deserve this. Yet they suffer, because irresponsible corporations put profits first and people’s health last. I am very grateful to be able to help these victims start rebuilding their shattered lives.
Many Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys – like Aaron J. Sussman, an associate in our Mesothelioma and Asbestos Litigation group – come to us after very successful careers working for or as district attorneys. We find that former prosecutors have a special knack for obtaining justice from the types of wrongdoers so often in our crosshairs.
Mr. Sussman joined Weitz & Luxenberg in 2015 at the conclusion of his service to the County of Santa Barbara, California, in the role of deputy district attorney. As a prosecutor, he took felony cases to trial and built a reputation as a highly motivated crimebuster – just ask any of the white-collar lawbreakers he put away for fraud, theft and worse. So knowledgeable was he about the tricks defendants play in order to avoid facing up to the debts they owe society that he became a key resource to investigators, fellow prosecutors and concerned citizens interested in acquiring training and special insights about combating crime.
Before that, Mr. Sussman was an associate attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein. Mr. Sussman’s contributions to his team resulted in substantial awards and settlements for the firm’s clients.
In particular, the firm found him indispensible as the writer of its memoranda and motions, the documents that judges rely on in court to help them reach decisions in the course of trial. Mr. Sussman also honed his writing skills – as well as his skills as a researcher of the laws – by serving as research assistant and writing partner to two nationally-renowned legal scholars: America’s most widely read and influential legal commentator Professor Jeffrey Rosen, who serves as President of the National Constitution Center, and frequent race-and-crime commentator Professor Paul Butler, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who specialized in public corruption. He also completed a criminal case-management internship in the chambers of the Hon. Florence Y. Pan, who, at the time, was newly appointed to the federal bench in the District of Columbia. For Mr. Sussman, this followed a legal-research internship with the advocacy group Just Detention International, also in the District of Columbia.
Those internships occurred during Mr. Sussman’s years at The George Washington University Law School, from which he graduated in 2011 with a juris doctor degree. Ranked in the Top 10 Percent of his class, Mr. Sussman was a member of the George Washington Law Review and the school’s Moot Court and Mock Trial boards. He won the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award and, in the Spring 2009 Mock Trial Competition, his moot-court team was declared best among those on the prosecution side. At the University of California, Irvine, where Mr. Sussman double-majored in theater and criminology, law, and society, he was a four-time Dean’s List honoree who completed the four-year academic program in three. He graduated in 2005.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award||George Washington University Law School||2011|
|Associate Attorney, Mesothelioma and Asbestos||Weitz & Luxenberg, PC||2015 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office||2013 - 2015|
|Associate Attorney||Gordon Edelstein Krepack Grant Felton & Goldstein||2011 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California District Attorneys' Association||Member||2013 - 2015|
|California Applicants' Attorneys' Association||AMA Guides Subcommittee Member, Regulations Subcommittee Member||2011 - 2013|
|George Washington University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|University of California Irvine||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Insurance Fraud 101||Don't Think of an Applicant: Why Premium Fraud is the Worker's Compensation System's Elephant in the Room||2014|
|California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys' Association||Catching the Lie: Deposition Strategies for Applicant Fraud or Why the DA didn't File your Fraud Case||2014|
|California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division||Demystifying Premium Fraud: Investigating and Prosecuting Workers' Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud||2014|
|California Applicants' Attorney Association & Teamsters||When Employers Victimize their Workers: Denial of Benefits, Wage Theft, Discrimination and Intimidation||2014|
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