How has your practice evolved in the last few years?
I am a new attorney. My goal for my practice is to develop a model for low-cost legal services which utilizes technological innovation.
If you could offer one piece of advice for young lawyers, what would it be?
When I was in Afghanistan my officer-in-charge, LT Miller, always used to remind us, “you are always being watched.” As a lawyer, our clients, other lawyers, law students and non-attorneys see what you are doing and they will remember you. How you treat people when you know you are being watched says a lot about how you will treat people when you think no one is looking.
What is the one technological device you could not function without daily?
How has civility made a difference in your practice of law?
I was a judicial extern for a judge at the Daley Center. I saw a lot of attorneys. Some attorneys knew the law and would come into the court room ready to engage with each other professionally. Other attorneys would come in and scream at one another. The effective attorneys were the ones who actually knew what they were talking about and treated each other (and the judge) with respect.
What do you do for fun?
I spend a lot of time with my son Avery. Over the summer we built a pirate ship out of Legos. We also watched the entire Star Wars series (including the Clone Wars) chronologically, although only after I made sure he watched the original versions of Episodes IV through VI.
David Weiss, prior to starting his own practice in Evanston, worked for the Law Office of the Public Defender of Cook County and the United States Coast Guard Ninth District Legal Office. While in law school, Mr. Weiss was deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait, where he helped Army units prepare their equipment for redeployment back to the United States.