Sherman Marek is an attorney licensed in Illinois only who has been actively advocating and litigating for medical students and residents for more than 20 years. In May 2002, Mr. Marek filed the well-known antitrust class action against the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and dozens of the largest teaching hospitals in the United States. On behalf of tens of thousands of medical residents and fellows nationwide, Mr. Marek’s lawsuit sought higher wages and lower work hours through the forced elimination of “the Match” and other restrains on competition. One month after Mr. Marek filed the lawsuit, the defendants quickly adopted work hour limits for medical residents nationwide. While these “voluntary” limits have helped protect residents for many years, those limits and other oversight mechanisms have deteriorated over time with corresponding harm to residents and fellows. Mr. Marek now focuses on helping individual students and residents in defending their medical careers, and supervising his other lawyers in that same practice area.
Jeff Weisman is both an attorney and a board-certified medical doctor. He began his residency training at one of the largest hospital systems in the country and saw first hand the abuses that resident and attending physicians face on a daily basis. He has seen physicians injured and patients killed related to unsafe practices. He returned to the practice of law to focus on assisting physicians and then recently resumed his career in patient care full-time after completing residency and passing the board exam. Jeff maintains law licenses in Illinois, the District of Columbia, before the United States Patent Office and is a Fellow in the College of Legal Medicine (FCLM). With his academic background, Jeff has an understanding of the abuses that can occur in academic medicine with IRBs, clinical trials and sham peer reviews. He has experience working with residents that have faced sexual harassment, civil rights violations and disability discrimination.
We’re uniquely experienced and effective at getting results for our clients.
We represent medical students, residents, fellows, and other physicians in resolving misunderstandings or disagreements with their institutions. Quite often, our direct discussions with institutions are enough to achieve our client's objectives. Where necessary, we prepare and litigate lawsuits on behalf of these individual clients. We also investigate, prepare and litigate broader lawsuits on behalf of students, residents or other physicians in large groups or as a whole.
Our philosophy is that success arises from carefully investigating facts, thoughtfully applying the law, and steadfastly pursuing our clients’ goals. We handle a variety of legal issues that include baseless adverse action; improper disciplinary action or dismissal; unwarranted referrals for psychiatric evaluation or treatment; unfair or discriminatory working conditions; refusal to accommodate disabilities; wage-fixing and other antitrust violations; and systematic overbilling, fraudulent recordkeeping, or other fraud on Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs.
If you have been directed to us, you may have potentially significant legal claims or information important to such claims. In today’s world of highly sophisticated laws and frequently concealed wrongdoing, it is not always clear when you have claims or available legal remedies. We can help and are well-positioned to get results.
The complicated, expensive, sweeping and prolonged nature of major lawsuits today is frequently beyond the ability of any one law firm acting alone. At Marek and Weisman, we select, recruit and collaborate with other law firms nationwide. We assemble the right combination of resources, expertise, locations, and relationships necessary to meet the unique needs of each case. The traditional approach of using a single firm or attorney is becoming outdated, and today’s clients want more than the limited resources, generalized knowledge of the law, and localized operations that typify single law firms and attorneys.
Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Connecticut and/or New York. We are not licensed in other states. However, we are generally permitted to represent clients nationwide under the multi-jurisdictional practice rules of individual states. In many instances, we partner with local attorneys licensed in the relevant state whom we know to have significant experience and success in the areas of law involved. In fact, in many instances, we are contacted by local attorneys directly to take advantage of our knowledge and expertise on matters involving their current clients who are medical students, residents, fellows, or other physicians.
In litigation, results matter. We work for results. We feel that our total dedication to our clients allows us to work both harder and smarter than other firms. Our firm handles cases on contingent fees, flat fixed fee and hourly fees. Our attorneys have successfully litigated cases under all these fee arrangements with a total dedication to our clients.