Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC

Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC

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Firm Overview

At Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, we are deeply committed to giving you a strong, powerful voice to stand up for your rights. With centuries of cumulative litigation in service to our clients and communities, we have a proven staff of over 250 employees who are ready to give you the attention and respect you deserve.

Who We Are

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, the fundamental principle that drives our firm is an absolute commitment to our clients and their right to a voice in the legal system.

We have helped thousands of clients across the country recover billions in verdict and settlements.

With more than 70 attorneys in six offices across the United States, the firm brings centuries of experience to bare against those who have harmed American families and businesses through asbestos exposure, dangerous drugs and other cases of corporate wrongdoing.

Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys strive to provide forward-thinking legal solutions for individuals and businesses in a number of complex litigation areas, including:

-Mesothelioma and Asbestos
-Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation
-Contingent-fee Business and Commercial Litigation
-Consumer Protection
-Intellectual Property
-Environmental Law
-Personal Injury

What We Believe

Our dedication to client service, our national resources and our centuries of legal experience are what drive our results. We are resolute and unwavering in our stance against corporate wrongdoers.

We believe victims of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure deserve a voice in the American legal system. Through no fault of your own, you or someone you love has been harmed, and we are committed to helping you stand up for your rights.

We are passionate about improving the lives of victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses and their families by fighting for their interests and supporting the search for better treatment and a cure. This is our common cause.

How We Work

We will work hard for you, representing you and your family on a contingency basis and investing in your right to take legal action at no cost to you.

Since day one, our clients have been our number one priority. We have lived this promise every day since 1999 when John Simmons first started the Simmons Firm and continue to do so as Simmons Hanly Conroy.
Main Office
Main Office
One Court St.
Alton  IL  62002
  • 618-259-2222
Asbestos Exposure & Disease Risk
The desirable properties of asbestos have been known for centuries. Unfortunately, for nearly as long, the dangers associated with asbestos exposure have also been evident. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used during the twentieth century for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. Asbestos exposure has been linked to various cancers, the most notable being mesothelioma. To learn more about asbestos exposure or mesothelioma, please explore the information below:

Asbestos Exposure Information:

Being exposed to asbestos can have deadly consequences; the microscopic mineral is made of thin fibers and is easily transmitted through the air. Inhaling these fibers can cause the dangerous asbestos material to lodge in an individual's lungs. Over time, this can cause serious asbestos-related diseases.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you likely have many questions. Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming news and is typically related to asbestos exposures that occurred decades earlier. Rest assured that help is available. Contact one our mesothelioma lawyers today.

As a leading mesothelioma law firm with a proven track record, every asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer at the Firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Our lawyers have worked with people diagnosed with mesothelioma for over a decade, and in that time our mesothelioma attorneys have represented thousands of individuals from all areas of the United States.

Asbestos is known as a magic mineral, it's impervious to heat and to fire. It's strong, it's light and it's inexpensive. So, starting in the industrial revolution it was used in a lot of industrial materials.

Companies that used asbestos knew that their products were dangerous. They knew that they would cause disease. And it was basically a calculation on whether or not they could pay the claims in the future and make more money today, and that's what they did. They said yes, it makes financial sense, let's put it in the products.

By 1960 it was undisputed that asbestos exposure could cause mesothelioma. The only known cause of it in the United States is asbestos. Mesothelioma is a horrendous disease that painfully ravages the body and makes some the strongest men I've ever met into shadows of their former self. It is by far, and most medical experts would agree, the most painful disease you could possibly have.

It's become more clear, and undeniable, that even the smallest exposures can cause this terrible disease. And then there's another track of the history that shows corporations that made a lot of money making asbestos-containing products, covering up the dangers.

Anywhere that someone has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help that person. We will go to their house, we will meet with you, we will talk about your different medical options, treatment. We will talk about the different kinds of support services your family might need while they're going through this time.

It could be the husband, it could be the wife sometimes it's the child. And without financial recovery, there's times they may not be able to maintain the home because they're losing an income, or a pension, they may have to sell their home. Because medical bills can add up very quickly and there's no support out there because not everything is covered by insurance. Traveling to hospitals, where their specialties are covered, that involves travel, airfare and even a hotel. People need money to be able to pay for those things so that they can get good treatment.

Without financial recovery, families won't be able to survive and with the recovery it makes going through this illness a little bit easier, but it certainly doesn't ever make them comfortable.

John Simmons

John Simmons founded the Firm in 1999 with seven employees and a focus on asbestos litigation. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded to more than 200 employees, including nearly 60 attorneys, spread between four offices in Alton, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles.

John has overseen some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in the history of asbestos litigation. The firm's first trial involved a roofer and former Shell Oil employee diagnosed with mesothelioma. John helped secure a $34.1 million jury verdict, then considered one of the largest jury verdicts in the history of the litigation. That record stood for only a short while before the firm obtained a $250 million verdict on behalf of an Indiana steelworker.

The firm's track record of success continues today, not only in mesothelioma litigation, but also in toxic tort, pharmaceutical, commercial, intellectual property and personal injury litigation. Since that first case, the firm has recovered more than $4 billion in settlements and verdicts for thousands of clients nationwide under John's leadership.

Paul J. Hanly, Jr.

As a named shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Mr. Hanly is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who has litigated, managed and tried numerous complex jury cases throughout the United States in virtually all areas of civil litigation for more than 30 years. He is renowned for his exhaustive trial preparation, imaginative trial strategies, nearly photographic memory of the contents of documents and tightly controlled and disarmingly-effective cross-examinations.

For the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Hanly was national trial, coordinating and settlement counsel to the world's largest, vertically-integrated asbestos company in its asbestos products liability cases; in that capacity he oversaw more than 100 local law firms and handled hundreds of thousands of cases.

In the last decade, Mr. Hanly has represented plaintiffs exclusively in a variety of mass tort and other complex civil cases, and played a leading role in the settlement of thousands of pharmaceutical cases, resulting in recoveries for the firm's clients in excess of $300 million. Between 2008 and 2010, Mr. Hanly was lead counsel to a small, publicly-traded company in its antitrust suit against an industry giant, resulting in a settlement of $32 million for the company and a $10.5 million contingency fee for counsel.

Between 2010 and 2013, Mr. Hanly spent substantial time on two high-profile cases: the first, Chambers v. Merrill Lynch, was a class action on behalf of Merrill financial advisors claiming lost deferred compensation benefits, resulting in a $20 million dollar settlement and a separate payment by the defendants of more than $5 million in attorneys' fees; the second, Jean-Charles v. Perlitz, was a set of consolidated actions on behalf of 24 indigent Haitian boys, who were sexually abused by a now-convicted pedophile, against the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University and others for negligent supervision of the pedophile, resulting in a $12 million settlement.
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate

Jayne Conroy

As a named shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Ms. Conroy is an experienced litigator who has developed superb national reputation as a skilled strategist, trial lawyer and negotiator over her thirty year career. For many years Ms. Conroy acted as national trial and coordinating defense counsel to a multi-national corporation and several of its subsidiaries. In recent years she has represented plaintiffs exclusively in a wide variety of products liability matters.

Currently her practice focuses on plaintiffs' pharmaceutical actions on behalf of several thousand plaintiffs who were injured by the dangerous drugs Actos, OxyContin, Zelnorm, Zyprexa, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, gadolinium contrast dyes, Ephedra, Chantix, Yazmin and Yaz. She has also represented plaintiffs who were injured by medical devices such as DePuy artificial hips and pelvic repair system materials.

Ms. Conroy serves or has served as a member of Plaintiffs' Steering or Executive Committees in nearly a dozen multidistrict pharmaceutical litigations. Since 2006, she is credited with orchestrating the settlements of thousands of pharmaceutical cases for a total recovery for the firm's clients that approaches $300 million. Throughout much of 2008, Ms. Conroy was engaged in negotiating the terms of the landmark, $894 million settlement of Bextra and Celebrex cases against Pfizer. Ms. Conroy has also represented several thousand victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in a multidistrict action against the financial sponsors of terrorism. In a separate set of negligence litigations against the airlines and airport security companies on behalf of 50 families who lost their loved ones on the four 9/11 aircraft, Ms. Conroy helped forge settlements that totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ms. Conroy is nationally renowned as a speaker on trial advocacy and regularly sits on panels of experts at national litigation conferences.

Ms. Conroy resides in New York City and Cape Cod.

Michael J. Angelides

Mike Angelides is the managing shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, overseeing the firm's asbestos, toxic tort, pharmaceutical injury, intellectual property infringement and contingent-fee commercial litigation practices.

Since joining the Firm, Mike has continued to grow the Firm's reputation as a national leader in asbestos litigation, representing victims of mesothelioma against some of the largest companies in the nation.

As a leader in asbestos litigation, Mike has presented at both of the profession's leading asbestos litigation conferences, Mealey's and PALS. He has seen the firm expand from 7 to more than 50 attorneys and grown to accept more asbestos cases on an annual basis than any other firm in the country. Yet, through a proven business method, those cases receive dedicated individual attention unavailable at most firms.

"I'm proud of the fact that no one helps as many mesothelioma victims as the Firm does on an annual basis," Mike said.

He has also been instrumental in the growth of the firm's pharmaceutical injury, intellectual property and commercial litigation practices. The firm now holds national litigation leadership positions related to the Yaz/Yasmine birth control recall, the popular smoking cessation drug Chantix and the DePuy ASR hip implant recalls. The firm's pharmaceutical attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of consumers throughout the country who were injured due to dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.

In 2010, the firm's commercial litigation department demonstrated the benefit of contingent-fee arrangements in commercial cases when it successfully negotiated a resolution for over 30 million dollars in an antitrust case. The victory garnered national media attention including publication in Forbes Magazine.

Perry J. Browder

Shareholder Perry Browder is the head of the Asbestos Group at Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC. He has worked for more than 20 years helping numerous families resolve hundreds of million-dollar plus cases.

He started at the Firm in 2001 and played a key role in helping the firm develop a national reputation. Within a few years, he had successfully secured one of the largest asbestos verdicts in the country, including a $250 million verdict against U.S. Steel.

Today, Perry manages the firm's nearly 40 asbestos attorneys who are organized into multiple asbestos trial teams. He oversees all asbestos cases to ensure they are handled in an efficient manner that maximizes results and minimizes hassle for clients and their families so they can focus on their health.

"People hire the Firm for our expertise and our compassion," Perry said. "Even though we're one of the largest firms in the country, we treat our clients like family. We are sensitive to their needs and at the same time we have a proven track record of getting results."

Ted N. Gianaris

Attorney Ted Gianaris is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. His practice is 100 percent representing victims with personal injuries and insidious diseases, including mesothelioma, caused by corporate and big-business wrongdoing. The majority of his practice is spent prosecuting toxic torts caused by chemical and asbestos exposure.

Ted leads a team of a half-dozen lawyers and many paralegals dedicated to discovering and exposing what big business knew about, and did about, the dangers of chemicals and asbestos. Ted has presented this information at trial on behalf of mesothelioma victims and their families. In 2002 he won a $5.1-million jury verdict for a mesothelioma victim who was exposed as a child through her father's work clothes.

He is also a member of the board of directors for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Set up a free case consultation with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer today.

John A. Barnerd

John Barnerd is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He joined the firm in 2002 as an asbestos and mesothelioma attorney and today is a member of the firm's management committee. He previously served for two years as an Assistant State's Attorney for Madison County, Ill.

John earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Illinois College and graduated with his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. In 2010, Chicago Lawyers Magazine recognized him as a top 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorney. For the past four years, he has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

John grew up in East Alton, Ill., a manufacturing community in which many people he knew became sick from asbestos exposure.

"That's probably one of the reasons why I am an asbestos trial attorney. There's a personal connection," he said.

John negotiates with asbestos defendants on behalf of the firm's clients. His work has helped secure millions of dollars on behalf of asbestos exposure victims and families.

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