Michael J. Angelides is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and focuses his practice on asbestos litigation. He previously served as the firm’s managing shareholder.

Mike’s litigation track record includes growing the firm’s reputation as a national leader in asbestos litigation, representing victims of mesothelioma against some of the largest companies in the nation.

As a leader in asbestos litigation, Mike has presented at both of the profession’s leading asbestos litigation conferences, Mealey’s and PALS. He has seen the firm expand from 7 to almost 80 attorneys and grown to accept more asbestos cases on an annual basis than any other firm in the country. Yet, through a proven business method, those cases receive dedicated individual attention unavailable at most firms.

“I’m proud of the fact that no one helps as many mesothelioma victims as the firm does on an annual basis,” Mike said.

He has also been instrumental in the growth of the firm’s pharmaceutical injury and complex litigation practices. Firm attorneys have been appointed to leadership in numerous multidistrict litigations, including Prescription Opiates, Vioxx, Toyota Unintended Acceleration, BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, DePuy Pinnacle and the Volkswagen Emission Scandal. The firm’s pharmaceutical attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of consumers throughout the country who were injured due to dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.

Commitment to Clients

Mike does not stop fighting for the firm’s clients when they leave the courtroom. He is a passionate advocate for worker and consumer rights. “I’ve learned that many large companies will stop at nothing to cover up their wrongdoings and avoid taking responsibility for their actions,” Mike said.

Mike levies the firm’s resources to benefit leading mesothelioma nonprofits, such as the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, and Miles for Meso 5K Races. These groups work toward improving public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocating for legislation that would totally ban this dangerous dust and raising research funds to help find a mesothelioma cure.

Since 2010, the firm has donated $10 million through the firm’s charitable foundations that are dedicated to working with mesothelioma medical experts, researchers, hospitals and universities with the hope of hastening a cure.

“It is our hope that someday we won’t have any more clients diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related diseases because doctors will have found a cure for these rare and preventable diseases,” he said. “Until that day arrives, we will continue to provide our clients with compassionate legal care.”

Background and Experience

After graduating with honors from Kenyon College in Ohio, Mike enrolled in St. Louis University’s Law School. After law school, he worked for Judge Paul J. Simon on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. It was here he realized he wanted to be the kind of lawyer who made a difference in the lives of individuals and families. That meant becoming a plaintiff’s attorney.

“I always liked representing the underdog,” Mike said. “This kind of work, fighting against people who had wronged someone else in some way, seemed the most satisfying and enjoyable.”

In 2001, Mike left his private practice to become the firm’s seventh asbestos attorney, and in 2009, he became a member of the firm’s leadership committee.

 

Michael Angelides

Practice Areas:

  • Mesothelioma & Asbestos

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1996

Recognition:

Michael J. Angelides

Rated by Super Lawyers

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  • Thomson Reuters, Illinois Super Lawyers®: 2016 – 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, 2021-2023
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2014-2023
  • The Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Law Firm Leaders, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • St. Louis Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2010

Publications:

Representative Experience:

Exclusive focus on mesothelioma and asbestos litigation.

Affiliations:

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers

Education:

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 1995, J.D.
  • Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1992, B.A., Major:Political Science
  • Delta Tau Delta