Mark Weiss was instrumental in developing the firm’s Financial Institutions practice and for decades was the senior lawyer in that area of the firm’s practice. His clients included major national, multi-national and foreign institutions, leading domestic regional institutions, financial industry associations and coalitions, and important non-financial entities looking to participate in the financial-services field.
Over the course of more than four decades, he handled matters involving mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions involving banks and other financial institutions, federal and state legislation affecting financial institutions, capital regulation of financial institutions, administrative proceedings and litigation involving financial institutions, the development and approval of new financial institution services and products, antitrust issues, fair lending and consumer protection matters, the negotiation and documentation of significant domestic and international lending transactions, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, the chartering of new banks and thrift institutions, and the representation of troubled or failing institutions and their officers and directors. Mr. Weiss was regularly recognized as one of the nation’s leading financial institution lawyers by major publications, including International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers, Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law, among others.
Mr. Weiss was a mentor to many younger lawyers working in the Financial Institutions area, including a number of those currently leading this area of the firm’s practice, and two who went on to serve in the federal government as Comptroller of the Currency.
Mr. Weiss joined the firm in 1961 after having served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He left the firm in 1966 to accept a position in the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary and subsequently Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. He returned to the firm in 1969 and became a partner in 1970. At the firm, in addition to his practice, he served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Mr. Weiss’ outside public service activities included representation of a variety of pro bono clients, serving as Chairman of the Banking Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association, and serving as a member of the Board of Governors and the National Legal Committee of the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. Weiss became a senior counsel to the firm in 2001 and a retired partner in 2010.