Artful approach: Personal injury attorney embraces his creativity


By Jeanine Matlow
Legal News

While some may associate law with the left side of the brain, Cy Weiner chose the field because it provides an unusual degree of professional independence and the opportunity to be creative.

The sole owner of Weiner & Associates with locations in Southfield and Chicago, Weiner specializes in personal injury law focusing on nursing home, litigation, medical malpractice, and general negligence cases.

“We often help people in trouble and address controversial social issues,” says Weiner, a graduate of University of Detroit Law School.

Just one conversation with the successful attorney confirms that he belongs in a field that values communication.

“I love interacting with clients, my colleagues and other professionals,” he says.

His people skills help him handle challenges.

“Running a law firm with 50 employees requires patience and management skills. Neither are taught in law school and both require self-teaching,” says Weiner.
He is also generous with his time.

“We established a charity about 25 years ago to help amputees and others. S.O.A.R. (Special Opportunities for Advanced Rehabilitation) has helped dozens of individuals get back into sports and other activities following traumatic injuries,” he says.

In addition, Weiner has professionally handled public interest cases and has devoted some time to representing the disadvantaged, including several families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attack, traveling to New York to represent their interest in the National Compensation Program pro bono.

In his line of work, it helps to be an optimist.

“Every problem has a solution. You have to look at everything on a daily basis as the glass half-full or half-empty. You have to make that choice,” Weiner says.
It's safe to say that Weiner is a family man, too. He and his wife Margo have two sons, Justin and Ryan, both of whom are attorneys.

“We interact on a daily basis. Nothing beats interacting with my kids,” he says.

In the office, he surrounds himself with Margo's vibrant abstract art.

“It brings some excitement and personality to the work environment. Her art is bright and colorful, even whimsical,” Weiner says. “Hopefully it reflects the personality of the law
firm, not old-fashioned and staid, like one's grandfather's workplace, but a modern happy work environment.”

Weiner does not believe that home and work should be mutually exclusive.

“Having my wife's art around injects a part of my personal life into my professional life and it connects me in a positive way to my family while I work,” he says.

“I think it is important to have an intertwining of one's personal life and professional life, but at the same time keep the two somewhat separate,” he adds. “It is a fine line, but one which we all should seek to draw on a daily basis.”

Besides, he says, “Aesthetics create comfort and a sense of familiarity. We derive enormous intangible pleasure from our comfortable surroundings and I place a lot of importance on that.”

His wife Margo, who says that art is one of her hobbies, is humbled by the fact that her work is on display at her husband's firm.

“He likes to introduce that creative aspect into the work environment. It provides that little creative boost. It's a place for creative thinking,” she says.

For her, it's all about the process.

“It takes me to another place. I like to be able to create something,” she says.

As for her husband, she says, “He's a very caring and giving person and he is the least judgmental person I know. He can talk to anybody from all walks of life. He's very well read and very witty. He finds the good in everyone out there.”