Fair & Just Questionnaire: Leon Weiss

leonAttorney Leon Weiss, Geoffrey Fieger’s childhood friend and high school football teammate, is the only attorney at Fieger Law who specializes in Criminal Defense. During his long and stellar career he has brought more than 170 civil and criminal jury trials to verdict. Here, he shares what inspires him to be an animal, warrior and “verb” in the courtroom.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What is your favorite song?

“Somewhere in America There’s a Street Named After My Dad” by Was Not Was.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Weathervane … Charlevoix, Mich.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

Rube Weiss …. the late, great actor-announcer, who began on Detroit radio in 1938 and TV in 1947, and MY DAD!

Where is your favorite place to be?

My shack in the woods in Charlevoix.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness? Not possible … but having a healthy and loving family as I do, is close enough for me!

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Abraham Lincoln … another plain speaking trial warrior.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire my mom … who at 88 still exudes intellect, strength, humor and unconditional love!

Which trait in yourself do you most deplore?

I deplore procrastination in myself and one day, I’ll get around to beating it …

What trait do you most deplore in others?

I deplore bigotry, in whomever it resides.

What’s your greatest extravagance?

Buying more books than I have time to read …

What is your favorite journey?

My spiritual journey.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Thrift.

On what occasion do you lie?

About small things, to spare another’s wounded feelings …

Which living person do you most dislike?

Assad of Syria … a murderous thug.

What is your greatest regret?

No regrets … waste of valuable time.

When and where were you the happiest?

At the moment of birth of my four amazing daughters!

Which talent would you most like to have?

An on key singing voice.

What is your current state of mind?

Currently, my state of mind is hopeful.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would be more patient.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Greatest achievement … my daughters and the kind of dad I’ve been for 31 years!

What is your most treasured possession?

My late father’s watch.

Where would you most like to live?

Where I live today.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My sense of humor.

What do you most value in your friends?

Compassion.

Who are your favorite writers?

Isaac Bachevis Singer, Wally Lamb, Leo Tolstoi, Babaloo Mandel, Ernest Hemingway.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction:

The Old Man from “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Who is your hero in real life:

My dad.

How would you like to die?

Die? How? Not interested in it at all!

If you were a speech part, what would you be?

VERB … man of action!

If you were a car, what kind would you be?

’68 yellow GTO convertible.

If you were food, what kind would you be?

Linguine Arrabiata with extra hot sauce.

If you were an animal, what kind would you be?

I am an animal.

If you were fine art, what form would you take?

Profile bust, black granite, by Rodin.

What’s your motto?

“Never complain … never explain!”

What’s your favorite quote about the law?

“When reasonable minds come together reasonable solutions evolve.”

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