Get to Know the Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholders – Part 2

In October, we introduced ten members of the Simmons Hanly Conroy leadership team. Now it’s time to introduce ten more. By getting to know our shareholders, you can see for yourself the dedication, selflessness and compassion our lawyers have for every person they represent.

Mitchell Breit

Mitchell BreitJoining the leadership team from Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLC, Mitchell brings more than thirty five years of experience in the legal industry. He is primarily focused on consumer class actions and mass torts of national scope, as well as defective medical and pharmaceutical products. Specifically, Mitchell was involved in the multidistrict litigation concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill and a seminal class action involving the banking industry

“My greatest satisfaction in doing this work is being able to say, when asked what I do as a lawyer, ‘I’m the guy wearing the white hat, ’” Mitchell said.

Randy Cohn

Randy CohnWhen it comes to helping individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, Randy has recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. He has a strong interest in helping Navy veterans specifically, who account for more than 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients. Randy’s clients are his number one priority and the reason he loves his job as a mesothelioma attorney.

“When I walk into a deposition, I know I’m the only who is standing up for the client, the only one representing them,” Randy said. “There’s no better feeling than being able to call your clients and say you’ve held accountable the company responsible for their cancer.”

Brian Cooke

Cooke BrianBefore joining the firm, Brian served two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. During this time, he traveled the world and served as both a prosecutor and company commanding officer. He became the first Western attorney to appear and argue before the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, a judicial body comprised entirely of Iraqi nationals. Today, he focuses on helping victims of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

“When you get to know our clients and their families, hear their stores and how they came about becoming exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with cancer, you know you’re sticking up for the little guy,” he said.

Paul Dix

Paul DixPaul is one of the experienced, compassionate mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He has represented numerous families affected by asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, and has helped his clients secure the justice they deserve. He personally handles all aspects of his clients’ cases and is dedicated to helping them navigate this complex legal process.

“In addition to facing extraordinary medical challenges, clients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have cases involving extremely complex factual and legal issues,” Paul said. “I am devoted to helping victims of mesothelioma and their families.”

Myles Epperson

Myles_030_WEBWith more than 17 years of legal experience, Myles is one of the experienced, compassionate mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He is personally involved in every case his team handles and attributes much of the firm’s success for clients to the structure of the trial teams.

“It’s as if every family gets the personal attention of working with a small, local law firm, but also the extra benefit of the muscle and resources of a 60-lawyer firm with 150 support staff, which is critical in cases where you’re taking on major corporations,” Myles said.

Amy Garrett

Amy_Garrett_webAfter joining the firm in 2003, Amy became an asbestos trial team leader. She regularly works with individuals affected by asbestos exposure and mesothelioma and has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for patients and their families. Amy was promoted to shareholder in 2009.

“Even though we are a large firm, I pride myself on the personal attention I give to each and every client’s case that crosses my desk,” Amy said. “Our size is an advantage for our clients because we have vast collective legal experience helping people harmed by asbestos exposure.”

Shane Hampton

Shane F. HamptonHundreds of families have been helped by Shane, who has been with the firm since 2005. He has traveled the country for more than a decade, representing people harmed by mesothelioma and recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.




Christopher Guinn

Christopher R. GuinnWhen a new asbestos client turns to us at Simmons Hanly Conroy, Chris is one of the attorneys they may work with. He has led over 300 cases and traveled across the country to meet with mesothelioma patients and their families. Chris, like all the firm’s mesothelioma attorneys, helps outline an individually-tailored legal strategy for his clients to ensure the best results are sought.

“It’s truly a David versus Goliath situation,” Chris said.  “They’re fighting to hold multi-national corporations accountable and secure compensation. I consider it a privilege to represent them.”

Clinton Fisher

Clint-Fisher-2---trimmedWorking out of the New York office, Clint focuses primarily on mass torts in the pharmaceutical and medical device practice area. He has more than three decades of legal experience and has appeared and tried cases in many federal and state courts. Clint has also been invited to speak on mass tort issues at multiple national litigation conferences.

“In the mass torts area, we take on some of the largest companies and law firms in the country on behalf of our clients,” Clint said. “It is deeply gratifying to know that our team can go head-to-head against these huge companies on behalf of those who have been injured by their actions and products.”

Benjamin Goldstein

Benjamin GoldsteinBen is one of the firm’s leaders in the area of toxic exposure cases, including asbestos, benzene and other hazardous substances. He has worked on dozens of cases that resulted in multi-million dollar settlements for mesothelioma patients and their families. His practice is focused on complex settlement negations and trial in cases throughout the state of California. And here’s a fun fact about Ben – he’s conversationally proficient in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

“In this age of scientific astonishments, common hardworking people naturally expect that their food and water are clean, that their medicine will not poison them and that their work environment will not present life-threatening hazards. They trust businesses to care as much about safety as turning a profit,” Ben said. “When this trust is betrayed, it is an honor to seek accountability for those needlessly harmed.”

You can get to know the rest of the Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholders. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this blog series, or click here.

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