Attorney Taylor Forrest Sprehe is an associate at Simmons Hanly Conroy where he focuses his practice on helping individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

While working with clients, Taylor provides open and honest communication and zealous advocacy to secure the best results. “I became an attorney to fight the injustices of the world,” Taylor said. “The underdogs deserve to have someone fight on their behalf, and I strive to be their champion.”

Taylor’s previous job experience includes working as a mechanic and drywall installer. “As a former blue-collar employee, I can now bring a high level of technical knowledge and understanding of the trades to my clients’ cases,” Taylor said. “I understand the hard work it takes to provide for their families, and I want to help clients who are suffering at no fault of their own.”

Taylor received his J.D. degree with a certificate of specialization in health law and policy from the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2016. He also worked as a staff writer for the Journal of Legal Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communication and media arts with a minor in Native American studies from Southern Illinois University also.

The SIU School of Law awarded Taylor the Pro Bono Service Award. He also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in criminal law, legal research and writing, and property II. His publication credits include an article, “Constitutional Law” in Environment, Energy and Resources Law-The Year in Review 2015. He served as a guest lecturer for “Federal Courts” at the SIU School of Law.

Taylor is admitted to practice in Illinois courts in 2016. For one year before joining the firm, Taylor worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Staci M. Yandle in the Southern District of Illinois. Besides his current position in the Asbestos Group, Taylor also volunteers as an attorney for the St. Louis chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, where he is also a board member, and for the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project in Carbondale, Illinois.

Practice Areas:

  • Mesothelioma & Asbestos

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2016


  • SIU School of Law: Pro Bono Service Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in criminal law, legal research and writing, and property II

Representative Experience:


  • “Constitutional Law.” In Environment, Energy and Resources Law – The Year in Review 2015, 320-332. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2016 (with Patricia Ross McCubbin, Sidney Ansbacher, Alexander Bandza, Joseph Baskin, Norman A. Dupont, Gary S. Edinger, Priscilla Norwood Harris, Helen Kang) [IN PRESS].


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Jackson County Bar Association, Member
  • American Motorcyclist Association, Member
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Member
  • National Lawyers Guild, Member
  • Volunteer Attorney for the Center for Empowerment and Justice in Carbondale, IL
  • Volunteer Attorney for the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project


  • Juris Doctor Degree with Certificate of Specialization in Health Law and Policy from SIU School of Law, Magna cum Laude – 8/13 to 5/16.  Staff writer for the Journal of Legal Medicine.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts with a Minor in Native American Studies from Southern Illinois University – 8/06 to 5/10