Attorney Zeff Weiss dies after battle with cancer

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Indianapolis real estate attorney Zeff A. Weiss died Monday night surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

Weiss, a partner with Ice Miller LLP, had been with the firm since graduating from law school. He was raised in South Bend and educated at Indiana University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting in 1979, becoming a certified public accountant in 1980. He earned his law degree in 1983.

For years Weiss chaired Ice Miller’s real estate group. He helped clients develop, negotiate and structure some of the nation’s most complicated transactions and mentored and trained numerous lawyers. Weiss’ work on numerous significant, high-profile projects is credited with growing Indianapolis’ skyline over the years.

He was a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and he was active on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Inc., Park Regency and the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. He was honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Mike Pence.

Weiss is survived by his wife, Zoe Urena Weiss; his children, Miranda (Olivier) Bernadac and Reva, Alexandra and Martin Weiss; his brother, Dr. Sheldon (Debra) Weiss; his sister, Lynn (Danny) Castor; and his father-in-law, Alphonse Urena. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Weiss and Anne (Steinberg) Weiss, and by his brother, Robert Weiss.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis. Interment will follow at Beth-El Zedeck Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Inc., or the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Donations can be mailed to the Jewish Federation at 6705 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46260, or by donating online at Donations can be mailed to the Library Foundation at 2450 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, 46206 or by donating online at


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