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In 2023, Sasha Bassett joined Simmons Hanly Conroy as an associate attorney at the firm’s headquarters in Alton, Illinois.
Currently, Sasha’s practice is focused on data privacy. As part of her role, she researches the practices and policies of tech companies, determining areas where they fall short of protecting the consumer — or fail to disclose these practices.
“I really enjoy working on cases that provide necessary corporate accountability and reign in unjust practices that harm everyday people,” Sasha explained. “I knew I wanted to help people and better my community, and I thought this would be the most impactful way to truly make a difference”
Sasha’s keen interest in corporate accountability and consumer protection was shaped by her extensive clerking experiences prior to joining Simmons Hanly Conroy. She worked on a variety of cases, ranging from personal injury and asbestos exposure claims to environmental cases and public defense.
“Over the years, I’ve been lucky to work with many different types of people from many different backgrounds,” Sasha said. “Whatever difficulty my client is facing, I am here to help and put my empathy, passion and devotion to work for them.”
Sasha’s life outside the courtroom is a testament to her dedication to public service and her passion for making a real difference. As the President of Alton Main Street from 2017 to 2019, she was the driving force behind the revitalization of the downtown district. She continued her commitment to social progress and environmental preservation by serving on the boards of local United Way and Sierra Club chapters.
Before her legal journey, Sasha was knee-deep in the nonprofit world, relentlessly advocating for improved policies for Syria as a policy fellow for the Syrian Emergency Taskforce. She juggled grant-writing, project monitoring and more, all in the name of making a global impact.
Sasha’s experience was further enriched when she stepped into the political arena as an operations manager for a state senate campaign, where she skillfully navigated the complexities of public service.
When she’s not using the law as a force for good, Sasha can be found unwinding on her yoga mat or enjoying a meditative hike on a nearby trail.