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Simmons Hanly Conroy Attorneys to Receive 40 Under 40 Award


The honorable 40 Under 40 Award is presented by The National Trial Lawyers organization. This award extends an invitation into the 40 Under 40 professional organization to its recipients. The invitation-only professional organization consists of the top 40 trial lawyers from each state as well as highly populated areas within certain states. The selections are based off of a combination of peer nominations and third party research.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to announce that several of our lawyers received invitations for the top 40 in Illinois. The list includes:

40 Under 40 Requirements and Mission

Membership is exclusively offered to trial lawyers who practice civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. The National Trial Lawyers website informs that “Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.”

The purpose of a trial lawyer is to help the powerless by holding corporations responsible. The mission of the 40 Under 40 organization is centered on cultivating a networking opportunity for the finest young trial lawyers in America. These attorneys are expected to seek justice through their progressive ideas. The organization is also invested in protecting the right to trial by jury in an unbiased court. These values are similar to the Simmons Hanly Conroy mission to ensure its clients have the right to a strong voice in court.

Learn more about the experience and service of the nominated Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: June 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Simmons Firm 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.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: May 2014


The Firm mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to ensuring you have 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 globe.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: April 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Firm are dedicated to ensuring you have the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news headlines 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 throughout the country and the world.

  • Hazardous material discovered under Radford High School track
    During construction at Radford High School in Hawaii, crews discovered a dump site filled with metal objects. Three soil samples turned up positive for asbestos. Lead, arsenic, cadium, mercury and dioxin were also present. State officials said the U.S. Navy will be held responsible for the cleanup, since the school was built next to Makalapa Crate, a military landfill.
  • Hunting Point renters demand answers to asbestos contamination at their buildings
    The EPA issued a stop-work order during the renovations of a large apartment complex in Alexandra, VA earlier this month. Asbestos was found in the floors, doors and windows. Workers were not taking the legally required precautions. Residents of the apartment complex showed up to the town hall meeting, angry that it took officials three months to stop the renovations.
  • Monks’ secret: Asbestos lurking beneath Byzantine wall paintings
    When the Byzantine monks created their infamous wall paintings during the late 1100s, they used asbestos in plaster coatings underneath the paintings, according to new research. The use of the chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) provided a smooth layer with a mirror-like surface for the painting.
  • Concerns over minority hiring dominate asbestos cleanup meeting in North St. Louis
    A meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis featured questions regarding concerns over minority hiring. The majority of the criticism was towards the plant’s former owner, it’s main contractor and the subcontractor handling the asbestos removal.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week Begins Today


Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 1-7, 2014 as Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and educate the public that asbestos, a recognized human carcinogen by multiple health agencies, has not been fully banned in the United States.

Linda Reinstein, President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, kicked off the week by sharing her own story and an info graphic that details the history of asbestos in the United States.

In 2003, Linda’s husband Alan was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease caused by asbestos exposure with no cure.

The Reinstein family, like most American families, trusted that other entities, private and public, would do their part to protect the environment and avoid actions that would harm human life. Sadly, that was not the case, and over the next three years Linda and her young daughter watched as Alan slowly died from a preventable disease.

Alan’s mesothelioma diagnosis motivated Linda to co-found the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004. ADAO, a non-profit organization, supports asbestos victims and advocates on Capitol Hill for policies that will prevent asbestos exposure and hopefully lead to a total asbestos ban in the United States.

As part of her continuing efforts, she and Dr. Richard Lemen, Co-Chair of ADAO’s science advisory board, have released an infographic that details the deadly history of asbestos exposure. It includes facts such as “Every day 30 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. That’s the equivalent of 6 basketball teams disappearing form the court every day.”

Check out the info graphic here >>>

The Firm is proud to support ADAO as a 2014 Platinum Sponsor. Today, we would like to recognize the difference the Reinstein Family has made in the asbestos and mesothelioma community through ADAO. This year ADAO celebrates its 10 year anniversary and through its legacy the memory of Alan and all those lost to asbestos-related diseases live on.

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Click to read GAAW’s Day 1 “Asbestos: Legal and Lethal in the USA” >>>

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