Michael (“Mike”) Weiss was born in Donora, PA in 1948 and passed away in May 2019. Mr. Weiss was a founding member of this law firm and of its investment banking affiliate Renaissance Partners. Mr. Weiss’ practice was concentrated in corpoate matters with particular focus on the tax aspects of business financing, acquisitions and mergers, corporate governance, and estate and business succession planning. During his career, Mr. Weiss completed transactions involving operations in companies in the metals, pharmaceutical, railroad, and manufacturing industries throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries. Mr. Weiss served as general counsel of three public company clients: L.B. Foster Company, Rouge Steel Company, and MK Rail (“MotivePower”) Corporation.
Mr. Weiss also served on the Boards of Directors of numerous entities, including Vision Benefits of America, a publicly licensed and regulated vision benefits insurance company. He was an active participant in many civic and community organizations. He was the Past Chair of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabeters Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation.
Mr. Weiss was the co-author of The Little Diabetes Book You Need To Read. Mr. Weiss also received numerous honors and awards including the American Diabetes Association’s Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Services in the Cause of Diabetes. He was a past member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission (appointed by the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, Governor).
Mr. Weiss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Washington & Jefferson, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Mike was devoted to his wife Gerri, his son Douglas, his daughter Melissa, his grandchildren and to all of his family, friends, and clients. His mind was sharp, his wit dry and engaging, and his sense of humor a delight. We deeply feel his absence, but are guided by his example of thoughtfulness and fair-mindedness in service of others.