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The Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholders: Part 1


Earlier this summer, the Simmons Firm announced it’s merging with Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP to become the now Simmons Hanly Conroy, effective on July 1. Not only did the merger mean an additional office in New York, it also meant the addition of numerous shareholders and attorneys with experience, dedication and a passion for helping people.

But who are these shareholders who now make up Simmons Hanly Conroy? Let’s take a closer look at the people behind our dedicated law firm:

mesothelioma lawyersJohn Simmons

John founded the Simmons Firm in 1999 and has overseen some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in the history of asbestos litigation. After marrying his high school sweetheart and serving as a combat engineer in the Army for two years, John built houses with his father before deciding to become a lawyer.

“I hope that our firm provides the best level of service than any other firm out there,” said John in an interview. “I want to be the best that we can be and provide the highest level of service that we can.”

asbestos attorneysPaul Hanly

With more than 30 years of civil litigation experience, Paul has handled thousands of cases and helped thousands of people.… Read the rest

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Giving Back: Simmons Hanly Conroy and the National Park Trust


Some people are aware of the nearly $20 million Simmons Hanly Conroy has donated to cancer research, as well as its support of mesothelioma organizations like the Meso Applied Research Foundation. But did you know that Simmons also supports other organizations across the country, like the National Park Trust?

nptFor the past few years, Simmons Hanly Conroy has made a financial donation to NPT in honor of Bruce A. Vento, a senator who died of mesothelioma in 2000 at the age of 60. This organization is dedicated to park conservation across the United States, as well as educating young Americans on how to protect, learn from and actively enjoy our country’s parks. Similar to how our lawyers’ mission is to positively impact the lives of mesothelioma victims and their families, NPT’s mission is to positively impact park preservation in communities across America. We are delighted to help them accomplish this.

Aligning with this mission is the NPT’s Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award, which honors the memory of Bruce Vento. Vento was a 12-term member of Congress from Minnesota and former Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. During his tenure, Congressman Vento passed more park legislation than any other previous NPT chairman.… Read the rest

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Famous Mesothelioma Deaths: Warren Zevon


Born in January 1947, rock singer Warren Zevon was best known for his sardonic wit and dark humored songs. This famously outlandish star died from mesothelioma, a lung cancer from asbestos exposure. Some of his best known songs include “Werewolves of London”, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Johnny Strikes Up the Band.”

mesothelioma deathsSon of a Russian-Jewish gangster and a frail Mormon mother, Zevon’s love of music began with studying classical piano as a child. Although classical music served as a starting point, by the time Zevon was performing in Los Angeles, his music had taken on its characteristically eccentric twist.

His first album, released in 1969, went unnoticed. But, he is now heralded by legends such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen. His 1978 album “Excitable Boy” was his first big success and continues to be the best-selling album of his career.

Warren Zevon’s Battle with Mesothelioma

With the influences of Celtic, rock, and country music, Zevon’s career began and ended on David Letterman’s night time talk TV shows. He frequented the shows throughout his life and made one of his last public appearances on the Letterman Show, where he spoke candidly of his then-recent mesothelioma diagnosis.… Read the rest

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Join the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team


Not everyone who supports mesothelioma awareness may be able to attend Miles for Meso on Sept. 27. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) provides a solution to this with its ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team.

Although this is the race’s sixth year raising money for mesothelioma research and support organizations, this is the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team’s first year. This virtual team allows those who cannot participate in the 6th Annual Miles for Meso to register a name that will be featured on other runners.

This means that mesothelioma survivors, victims, or their loved ones can submit their names and join the cause in spirit. The runners featuring the names of the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team will pose for a picture following the race, allowing the virtual runners to see their presence in the race.

The deadline to submit a name to the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team is Monday, Sept. 22.Miles for Meso

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Alton, Ill. Simmons Hanly Conroy, as a national sponsor of Miles for Meso and host of the Alton race, plays a major role in the advocacy, education, and community initiatives of the event. The race is part of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s ongoing effort to spread awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in recognition of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.… Read the rest

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Participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day This Year


Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which takes place on Sept. 26, is fast approaching. If you’re thinking about getting involved this year, now is the time.

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for mesothelioma. It first began in 2004 when it was created by a group of Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation volunteers. In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution designating Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Every year since then, participation in the awareness day has grown larger and more widespread.

The day is especially important to friends, family and caregivers of mesothelioma patients – as well as mesothelioma victims and survivors themselves. To participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day this year, choose one of the below options:

  • Organize a fundraising event. Hold the event on Sept. 26 to raise funds for mesothelioma research. Examples of real fundraising events include Miles for Meso and other 5K runs and walks, Kayaking 4 Meso, Muffins for Meso, Bruce A. Waite 5K Miles for Meso and many more.
  • Attend an event. Even if you’re not hosting an event yourself, attending someone else’s fundraiser is a great way to participate and contribute to Meso Awareness Day. View the upcoming community events  to see if there is one happening near you.
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