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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: October 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Simmons Hanly Conroy are dedicated to providing the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from across the world.

  • Curcumin, the Asian spice, helps fight mesothelioma when combined with other natural anti-cancer proteins
    Combined with certain peptide molecules, curcumin has been found to inhibit the progression of mesothelioma. The study, published in the Oct. 14 edition of Clinical Cancer Research, found that the combination greatly increased the body’s level of a protein inhibitor that combats the progression of mesothelioma. The next step is to begin clinical trials.
  • Suburban asbestos deaths blamed on ‘factory of death’
    In Melbourne, Australia, the catastrophic effects of the Wunderlich factory are finally coming to light. More than a dozen deaths have occurred in the area that are directly linked to asbestos exposure at the factory, where children once played in piles of asbestos dust.
  • Twenty builders a week die from asbestos in the UK
    Construction occupations are often known for being high-risk asbestos occupations. A survey done by the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive revealed that carpenters, painters and decorators still come into regular contact with asbestos – as much as 100 times per year.
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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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