Making NFL History


Sol Weiss ’72 is a true Villanova lawyer. Thanks to his work, thousands of retired NFL players suffering from neurological injuries will receive medical support and financial compensation. As co-lead counsel in the groundbreaking NFL Concussion Injury Litigation, this Villanova Law alumnus was instrumental in securing the $765 million proposed settlement on behalf of former athletes affected by concussion-related brain disorders.

Weiss remarked in an interview with Voice of America, “What this settlement did today and what this litigation has done since it started was to make America aware of the serious nature of these injuries in sports. I think a lot of sports are a lot safer now because of this litigation."

As part of the proposed settlement, the NFL will contribute $765 million to provide medical exams and financial support to retired NFL athletes in addition to funding new brain injury research and safety programs to make football a safer sport. The agreement, which is awaiting approval by the Court, enables more than 18,000 former players to receive care for neurological injuries such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease and severe cognitive impairment. It also provides immediate compensation to severely injured retired players and baseline assessments and medical benefits to those who are symptom-free or beginning to show signs of neurocognitive deficit.

Weiss returned to Villanova in September 2013 for a discussion of the case and the proposed settlement with Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt; click here for the Associated Press coverage of the event. A member of the VLS Board of Consultors, Weiss also spoke at VLS as part of the 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Annual Symposium. Entitled Concussion Conundrum, this marquee event brought together retired professional athletes, practicing attorneys, medical experts and media personalities to explore and debate key issues surrounding head injuries and brain trauma in sports.

A shareholder with the Philadelphia law firm Anapol Schwartz, Weiss is an experienced trial attorney known for his exacting preparation and attention to detail. He continues to be recognized year after year for his dedication to the practice of law. Weiss has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2006, and was recently named Lawyer of the Year in the 2014 edition of Philadelphia's Best Lawyers for the category of Plaintiffs' Mass Tort and Class Action. "I help people whose legal rights have been compromised by those with power and greater financial means," Weiss said. "Our legal system strengthens our great country while protecting human safety and dignity."