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Attorney Gary Payne serves as the Risk Management Director and In-House Ethics Counsel at Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. He also works with the Pharmaceutical Team in various areas of litigation.
Gary was hired in 2003 to work with the Pharmaceutical Group and was promoted to shareholder in 2018. He was a trial team leader for the OxyContin litigation but also provided risk management for the litigation. He reviewed statute of limitation requirements, responded to client questions and established a check and balance system to safeguard client information. Once the cases resolved, Gary began implementing his risk management strategies firm-wide.
“The firm has the highest of standards when it comes to helping our clients and advocating for their interests,” Gary explained. “This includes protecting the confidential and privileged information we receive from them during the course of our representation.”
Today, Gary stays on the forefront of legal ethics and malpractice trends and best practices. He works with management to implement policies to ensure compliance. He also partners with the firm’s technology department on cyber security procedures, electronic discovery and document review processes.
Gary earned his undergraduate degree in biblical studies in 1992 from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, where he graduated summa cum laude as a co-valedictorian. In 2000, Gary graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. While in law school, Gary was a member and clerk of the moot court and a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team.
He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and in multiple federal district courts.
“The firm is my employer, but I still consider myself as working for our clients,” Gary said.
Gary has been an ordained minister for 21 years and volunteers his service at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto, Ill, helping where needed. He also preaches at various local churches when they need someone to fill in.