Attorney Chris Levy is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy in the asbestos litigation department. During his more than 10 years of experience, he has represented individuals and their families impacted by asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma. His dedication to securing results for his clients has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on their behalf.
A veteran of over 300 cases, Chris works with individuals throughout all aspects of their mesothelioma cases. He has been admitted to the bar in Illinois, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, the Central District of California and the Southern District of Illinois. He maintains working relationships with referring attorneys and balances a caseload that covers multiple jurisdictions.
Chris draws on his experience to develop the best legal strategy to help his clients, so they can focus on their health.
“I have several years of experience representing clients from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations,” Chris said. “This experience enables me to develop a strong course of action for each client I work with.”
An Experienced Asbestos Litigator
Chris has experience litigating cases that involve different types of asbestos exposure, including premises cases. A premises case holds liable land owners who fail to prevent asbestos from escaping their property. Commonly in a premises case, a person’s exposure to asbestos was caused by someone in the family bringing asbestos fibers home on their work clothes, also known as “take-home exposure.” Premises cases primarily involve a worksite, where the defendant owned property and controlled access to the site, but didn’t necessarily employ the injured party.
One recent example of a premises case Chris handled involved a New York City laborer who worked on underground steam lines in Manhattan. His client’s job was to tear off the asbestos lining of steam pipes under the city streets. A major defendant in this case owned and operated the underground steam lines, but the client was employed by hired contractor. When the client, an Italian immigrant, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, he was in his sixties. Chris helped secure a significant settlement against the utility company that owned the steam lines and the manufacturer of the respiratory protection provided to the client.
“I became an attorney to protect and defend individual rights,” Chris said. “I strive to defend clients devastated by asbestos exposure, due to no fault of their own, and to ensure the best outcome possible for the individuals I represent.”
Since 2009, Chris has served as the firm’s Team Leader for the Metro East ADA Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. “I got involved with the ADA because I’m a type 1 diabetic,” Chris said. “It’s important for people to understand the disease and how it can affect you. I didn’t know anything about it until I became ill in college. The ADA does a great job of creating awareness and educating the public of the disease.”
He is also an attorney advocate for the ADA and serves on the community leadership board for the Heartland Region Gateway American Diabetes Association.
Chris is a past volunteer for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program and a Gold Fellow with the Illinois Bar Foundation. Chris has also provided pro bono services for the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Madison County and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He has represented minors as a guardian ad litem and incarcerated indigent offenders for violations of their constitutional rights.
Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 with a B.A. in English and second B.A. in Philosophy. He earned the Dean’s Scholarship at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, where he was commentary editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Medicine. He graduated in 2006 with his J.D.