Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC

Firm Overview

The Simmons Firm lawyers are knowledgeable in diverse areas of practice and have access to comprehensive resources. The Simmons Law Firm has invested years developing the experience and information needed to try cases involving asbestos and mesothelioma, business disputes and intellectual property, defective drugs and devices, and benzene exposure.

Example cases

$250 Million Awarded in Asbestos Case Against U.S. Steel - 70-year-old Roby Whittington, a retired U.S. Steel worker, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2001. His condition resulted from asbestos exposure while he worked at the steel manufacturing plant in Gary, IN from 1950 - 1981. This verdict was the largest asbestos verdict for a single plaintiff in the United States.

$34.1 Million Judgement in Asbestos Case Against Shell Oil Co. - The verdict was in favor of a roofing worker exposed to insulation dust containing asbestos fibers. He contracted an asbestos-related cancer when he worked at the Wood River refinery from 1956 - 1966.

Main Office
One Court Street
Alton  IL  62002
  • (618) 259-2222
  • (618) 259-2251


Free Initial Consultation?
We provide a free initial consultation in all of our practice areas, including asbestos and mesothelioma, pharmaceutical injury, intellectual property, commercial litigation, toxic tort exposures and personal injury.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the clients only pay the firm if they win their case. This is typically a mutually agreed upon percentage of any verdicts or settlements reached in the case.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

Chicago Office
230 West Monroe
Suite 2221
Chicago,  IL  60606
St. Louis Office
231 S. Bemiston Ave #525
St. Louis,  MO  63105
Los Angeles Office
100 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 1350
Los Angeles,  CA  90245
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Litigation
As a leading asbestos law firm with a proven track record, the mesothelioma lawyers at the Simmons Law Firm have been helping patients and families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases for over a decade.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes and yes. Through the Illinois and Missouri court systems, our attorneys provide a wide range of pro bono legal services that protect the rights of veterans, artists, writers, musicians, foster children, and low-income families. In addition, the firm has donated more than $20 million to local, regional and national charities through several foundations including a $10.2 million donation to establish the Simmons Cancer Institute on the campus of the University of Illinois - Springfield.

The Simmons Employee Foundation, founded in 2004 by firm employees, has donated more than $1 million to regional charities including United Way, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the William DeBell Achievement and Resource Center, Madison County Challenger Baseball, and more.

The Simmons law firm is also a major supporter of two major national mesothelioma charities: the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, which funds peer-reviewed research, advocates for federal funding, and provides patient support services, and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, which advocates for a total ban of asbestos worldwide.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are a leading national law firm with extensive experience handling complex cases involving asbestos and mesothelioma, dangerous drugs and defective medical device lawsuits, business disputes and intellectual property infringement, benzene exposures, and catastrophic personal injury cases. We focus aggressively on obtaining results for our clients while providing them with a high level of service.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We encourage clients educating themselves on legal issues. We can better communicate and develop a stronger relationship with a client who understands how his or her case works.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In the complex areas of litigation we represent, we rarely have clients who want to represent themselves.

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.
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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.

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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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