Jeffrey G. Weil serves as co-chair of the firm's Litigation Section and chairman of the Commercial Litigation Department. He is a member of the firm's board of directors and management committee. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of its Hiring Committee. Jeff has experience in a variety of complex litigation matters. He is particularly experienced in class action litigation, including securities, products liability, and antitrust.
Jeff represented USAir and Philip Morris in two of the largest class actions ever filed in the U.S. — the airlines price-fixing antitrust litigation and the tobacco class actions. Jeff also has considerable experience in accounting and legal malpractice cases. He has tried numerous cases to judgment and has argued in federal and state appellate courts. Jeff has also been called upon by other major law firms to represent them in state and federal court litigation.
Jeff is a member of the American Law Institute, a group of leading lawyers, judges and law professors who comment upon and help develop changes to statutes, Restatements of the Law, and principles of law utilized by our courts. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America. Jeff is active in public service. He is a graduate of Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit program designed to select and train civic leaders of Philadelphia. Jeff has served at various times on United Way committees, Bar Association committees, the Princeton Schools Committee, and the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federal Board of Directors. From 2000-2005, he served as chairman of the board of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, an internationally known conservation organization dedicated to the study and preservation of raptors, and he continues to serve on its board.
Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1973, where he was one of five Woodrow Wilson School Scholars, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1976.