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In 2023, Janine Fiel-Cosse joined Simmons Hanly Conroy as an attorney with over 10 years of experience practicing law. During this time, she’s helped hundreds of clients affected by a variety of different legal issues understand their rights and successfully navigate the justice system.
“I am used to taking complex legal concepts and procedures and breaking them down in a way that’s easy for my clients to understand,” Janine explained. “I’ll quickly relay any questions they have to the appropriate people and get back to them with answers ASAP.”
In her current role, Janine focuses on asbestos case research and drafting bankruptcy and solvent affidavits for the trial team, as well as providing assistance with motions, discovery and other tasks as needed.
Prior to joining Simmons Hanly Conroy, Janine spent 10 years at a leading asbestos firm in California, where she supervised the discovery department.
During her tenure there, Janine drafted hundreds of sets of discovery, many of which helped defeat motions for summary judgment, leading to larger asbestos settlements. She has experience in all phases of civil litigation. She attended court hearings, argued motions, assisted in trial preparation and defended expert and plaintiff depositions.
In 2005, Janine graduated with a B.A. in English and Sociology, with a minor in Asian American Studies from University of California, Davis. Six years later, in 2011, she earned her J.D. at John F. Kennedy University.
Janine’s passion for law stems from her desire to help individuals navigate the legal system and advocate for systemic changes that benefit the underrepresented.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is witnessing the positive impact we make on our clients’ lives,” Janine said. “The work we do is about empowering individuals and communities to create meaningful change for a better future.”
During law school, Janine interned with Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality, where she contributed to the development and passage of California legislation to benefit diverse Asian American communities. She also clerked for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington D.C., assisting Vietnamese American victims of Hurricane Katrina with legal outreach and collaborating with staff attorneys to renew the Voting Rights Act.
Currently, Janine lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband, a proud member of the U.S. Air Force, and son. When she’s not helping her clients, she enjoys spending her time reading fiction, catching up with TV shows and taking her son to his activities.