Monday Profile: Lou Weir


Lou Weir is the senior attorney in the two-lawyer law firm D. Louis Weir PC, with offices in Ann Arbor and Brighton. 

A native of Ann Arbor, Weir attended Pioneer High School, the University of Michigan, and Cooley Law School. In between college and law school, he worked as a tennis teaching pro.

Weir focused on workers compensation defense as an associate with Nelson and Payne in Ann Arbor for several years before he started his own plaintiff firm in 1986. For the last six years, his firm has accepted only Social Security Disability work.

Weir lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Susan, who runs an Internet craft supply business.



By Jo Mathis

Legal News


Currently reading … 

“The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” (spiritual inquiry) by Michael Singer and “He who fears the Wolf” (Swedish crime fiction) by Karin Fossum. 


What advice do you have for someone considering law school?

Get a job with a law firm as a go-fer or anything; find out if you like it. If you do like it, go. Don’t let people talk you out of it because it’s a hard field businesswise and stress wise.


If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? 

A filmmaker.


Favorite local hangouts: 

Madras Masala, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Zingerman picnics at the Huron River, Saginaw Forest. 


What is your happiest childhood memory?  

Long summer days of playing self-organized sports with neighborhood kids; usually at the vacant lot on Arbana Street.


Which things do you not like to do?  

Dun clients to pay their bills. Install new programs on my computer.


What would surprise people about your job?  

It’s as much mentoring as straight law.


If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?  

Roger Federer.


What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? 

The Grand Canyon.  It’s even better than the pictures!


What’s your greatest achievement?  

Bringing up two kind, capable sons.


If you could have one super power, what would it be? 

Bilocation. Think about the possibilities: a day at the beach at the same time as you are working on an appellate brief.


What would you say to your 16-year-old self?

Take your time, but decide what you want.


Must-see TV: 

“Mad Men”  and “Nova.”


What word do you overuse? 

I wish I knew.



What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?  Ski moguls really well.


What is something most people don’t know about you?  I teach meditation classes regularly through Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.  I also camp in a tent for a week every summer in northwestern Michigan.


If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?  Richard Feynman, Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln.


Can’t-live-without technology: The iPhone. How did they know we needed it?


Favorite law-related movie:  “My Cousin Vinny.”


What’s the best advice you ever received? “When your heart opens, you can’t pick and choose what to feel.”


What do you drive? BMW 3 series.


What would you drive if money were no object? Shelby Cobra.


What is your motto? Carpe Diem. (But I’m too middle class to live up to it!)


Where would you like to be when you’re 90?  Playing old-man tennis someplace warm on a well-tended clay court and then lunch at the beach with my wife.



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