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Lawyer finds solace in his art

June 8, 2012

By Pat Milhizer — pmilhizer@lbpc.com
Law Bulletin staff writer
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Bradley Weiss prosecuted government contractors accused of fraud in Washington, D.C., in 1999 when he developed Parkinson’s disease after a toxic injection during nasal surgery.

He moved home to Chicago and eventually became of counsel at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C. to represent plaintiffs in civil rights and employee rights litigation.

He worked at the firm until 2010 when Parkinson’s symptoms prevented him from practicing law.

“I was a very good communicator. I used to speak well, used to do teaching, lecturing. I did lobbying for the government. I did all kinds of stuff,” Weiss said. “When I lost the ability to do all that stuff, I felt I couldn’t represent my clients like I should.

“So I began to segue into something else — arts.”

Weiss, 58, picked up a camera in 2004 during a trip to France. He came home with about 3,000 photos.

Two years later, he went to Colombia and captured images of mountains, ranches and residents. More photography trips followed in Mexico, New York and Costa Rica.

“I’ve always been creative, but I never knew I could shoot until I tried it,” Weiss said. “And the more I shot, the more support I got for it.”

In January, he brought his Costa Rica photos, which documented the village and people of Montezuma, to the Chicago Photography Center. Twenty-five of those photos — and some of his others — were displayed Thursday at a reception at Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Market, that attracted about 250 people.

The gallery will show Weiss’ photos through June 21. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit Rush University Medical Center.

Miner, Barnhill & Galland co-sponsored the event. Weiss said the firm became like family after Parkinson’s symptoms appeared.

“That firm has been there for me from start to finish,” Weiss said.

William A. Miceli, co-managing partner at the firm, called Weiss “remarkable.”

“He’s never lost his focus on work and has persevered with the disease,” Miceli said. “It really has not affected his heart and desire to be productive. And that has been an inspiration.”

As a lawyer, Weiss showed creative skills in cases, Miceli said.

“He is the kind of lawyer that can see relationships and put together a narrative that will support the prosecution of a case. That’s really what he brings. He brings the creative element in the process,” Miceli said.

Weiss will donate a percentage of his sales to Rush because that’s where he recently underwent treatments.

With “deep brain stimulation,” surgeons drilled two holes in his head in December. The following month, they connected wires from his head to a device implanted in his chest.

With another device that Weiss wears on his waist, he can send electric charges to his brain to help stimulate movement.

Shortly after the treatment, Weiss could use his hands freely again and walk without a cane. He could eat whatever meals he wanted. A week after the treatment, he went dancing late into the night.

He admitted that he faces dark days, but he talks about them in a matter-of-fact tone — without any hint that he’s looking for sympathy.

“You work through it day by day,” Weiss said. “Planning for the future is almost impossible. You don’t know what the future is going to be.”

His photos — samples are available at zumaarts.com — provide something that Parkinson’s can’t take away.

“It’s an ability,” Weiss said, “to communicate.”

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Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

Portion of art proceeds to benefit The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program at Rush University Medical Center as a thank you o the doctors for giving Bradley his life back

June 7, 2012 – CHICAGO -– Brilliant litigation attorney Bradley Weiss, stricken with Parkinson’s Disease at the height of his Washington, DC career working with the Department of Justice, FBI and more, and as Of Counsel at Chicago’s prestigious law firm, Miner, BarnHill & Galland, turns professional artistic photojournalist with the debut of his photo series Montezuma Nights at Chicago’s Mars Gallery, opening Thursday evening June 7, 2012, 1139 W. Fulton Market.  Curated by renownedcurator and photographer Susan Aurinko. Opening night reception is being sponsored by a collaboration of the many different connections in Bradley’s life including his former Chicago law firm  Miner, Barnhill & Galland and Highland Park restaurant 2nd Street Bistro with live music by The Side Cars.  Thanks to a risky surgery called DBS (deep brain stimulation last December) Bradley’s Parkinson’s has slowed down and according to him, he is almost back to his old self!  To honor the Rush University Medical Center doctors who gave Bradley his life back, a portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University Medical Center (Rush) as a deep hearted thank you.

Opening Reception of Montezuma Nights – A Photographic Exhibition by Bradley Weiss, curated by Susan Aurinko. Runs thru June 21st. Portion of art proceeds benefits Parkinson’s disease.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

MARS GALLERY

1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago

312.226.7808

 

In honor of: The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University Medical Center and its team of magnificent doctors

 

Live Music by The Side Cars

Food graciously provided by 2nd Street Bistro, Highland Park

Libations graciously provided by Miner, BarnHill & Galland

 

Free to public

 

A portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter as a deep hearted thank you to the doctors that gave Bradley his life back!

Interview Opportunities: Bradley Weiss, the doctors from The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush, Miner, BarnHill & Galland partner Jeffrey Miner, curator Susan Aurinko)

Photo Opportunities:  Bradley Weiss, his children Jack (17) & Leah (13), the doctors from The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush, Miner, BarnHill & Galland partner Judson Miner.

To arrange interviews, for a media kit and/or images and for more information contact: Abbe Sparks @ abbesparks@gmail.com or abbe@abbesparksmediarelations.com

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Bradley Weiss, Litigation Attorney & Fine Art Photographer
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Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 4, 2012 – CHICAGO -– Brilliant litigation attorney Bradley Weiss, who was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease at the height of his Washington, DC career with the Department of Justice and as Of Counsel at Chicago’s prestigious law firm, Miner, BarnHill & Galland, turns professional artistic photojournalist with the debut of his photo series Montezuma Nights at Chicago’s Mars Gallery, opening Thursday evening June 7, 2012, 1139 W. Fulton Market.  Curated by renownedcurator and photographer Susan Aurinko. Opening night reception is being sponsored by a collaboration of the many different connections in Bradley’s life including his former Chicago law firm  Miner, Barnhill & Galland and Highland Park restaurant 2nd Street Bistro with live music by The Side Cars.  Thanks to a risky surgery called DBS (deep brain stimulation last December) Bradley’s Parkinson’s has slowed down and according to him, he is almost back to his old self!  To honor the Rush University Medical Center doctors who gave Bradley his life back, a portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter (Rush) as a deep hearted thank you.

Opening Reception of Montezuma Nights – A Photographic Exhibition by Bradley Weiss, Curated by Susan Aurinko. Portion of art proceeds benefits Parkinson’s disease.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

MARS GALLERY

1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago  –  312.226.7808

In honor of: The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter and its team of magnificent doctors

Live Music by The Side Cars

Food graciously provided by 2nd Street Bistro, Highland Park

Libations graciously provided by Miner, BarnHill & Galland

Free to public

A portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter as a deep hearted thank you to the doctors that gave Bradley his life back!