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p06 SimmonsSimmons    When corporations behave unfairly toward individuals, the legal team at Simmons Hanly Conroy serves as a legal leader, helping workers, consumers, patients and others stand up for their rights.
    Since Chairman John Simmons founded the Alton-based firm nearly 20 years ago, it has helped thousands of Americans secure justice for corporate wrongdoing.
    “Simmons Hanly Conroy began to help people and their families harmed by the corporations who put profits over people,” Simmons said.
    The firm has developed a significant track record of holding corporate wrongdoers accountable by securing billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements from:
        - Manufacturing corporations who knowingly used asbestos and caused thousands of worker deaths from asbestos-related diseases,
        - Drug companies like Johnson & Johnson which withheld serious side effects of their drugs and medical devices resulting in serious injuries and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of patients,
        - Automakers like Volkswagen which cut corners and sold defective vehicles, while marketing them as safer or cleaner options, to hundreds of thousands of consumers,
        - Corporations like BP Oil responsible for serious environmental accidents that ruined the livelihoods of business owners and the home values of residents; and more.
    The firm’s work has earned it national recognition including multiple U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firm” rankings and inclusion in The National Law Journal’s “Elite Trial Lawyers” list.
    Firm attorneys have also received national awards for their work. Last fall, Law360, a national legal newspaper, recognized Shareholder Jayne Conroy as a “Legal MVP” for her work on the lead trial team in a defective medical device case against Johnson & Johnson. The company’s wrongdoing was so egregious the jury awarded a $1 billion verdict, the majority of which was in punitive damages, on behalf of six patients who received recalled hip implant devices, which later had to be removed.
    For all the firm’s national recognition, to Simmons, an Army veteran, it’s important to stay true to his Midwest roots. Growing up in East Alton and attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, he returned home after law school to start his firm, which the National Law Journal would later call a “bastion of the mass torts bar.”
    “Having a high-rise office in a big city doesn’t necessarily translate into being a legal leader,” Simmons said. “With our national headquarters in Alton, we’ve proved what makes a law firm or an attorney a legal leader is how well they can help those who need it most.”