|Death: ||Oct. 2, 1999|
Born in Cleveland, Michael Weiss and his family moved to Houston, Texas were he would attend Bellaire High School. It was there he made friends with paul Danzinger who would later become his law partner. They participated together in school debates where Michael was the team's captain. Michael was a national merit scholarship semi-finalist. While he was outstanding in his schoolwork, his private life during that period was not as successful. He was having problems with his step-father, and living in a cheap apartment. Michael left home in his senior year and slept on various friends couches.
Michael went to the University of Texas Law School. During his undergraduate years he also studied philosophy for two years at Harvard University and participated as an editor for the Texas Law Review, a student law journal. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1993, with honors in philosophy. After college, he clerked for Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and she became a mentor and second mother to him. He would keep a photograph of her in his law office later. Michael worked at two law firms before he and his friend Paul founded of the firm Lawson, Weiss & Danziger. During that time, Michael worked on different political causes and with various people such as Bruce Hotze and Councilman Rob Todd. He also represented a number of clients in commercial and employment law cases. Together with his associates, Michael co-chaired two successful whistle-blower cases. Michael also taught as an assistant professor at the University of Houston Law School and South Texas College of Law. He was a Senior Fellow of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Justice Foundation, and a member of the Houston City Club. He was best known for a case he championed involving the marketing of a safety syringe that when used, the needle would retract back up in to the syringe barrel, making it impossible to re-use and more importantly, prevent accidental punctures. A movie was made in 2011 titles "Puncture" with actor Chris Evans playing the role of Michael.
Michael died reportedly of a drug overdose in his home. His death was ruled as an accidental overdose but there are those who believe he was actually murdered due to his active and confrontational position in the syringe case which at the time was still ongoing. Authorities however, never investigated his cause of death and the overdose determination still stands. On October 7, 1999, memorial service was held at The United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit Ceremonial Courtroom.
Created by: Rick Lawrence
Record added: Apr 08, 2012
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