NEW YORK CITY – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading mass tort and consumer protection law firms, is pleased to announce Mitchell Breit, a shareholder and litigator in the firm’s New York City office, has been appointed as a board member for the nonprofit legal organization Public Justice.
As a board member of Public Justice, a national public interest law firm that protects consumer rights through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation, Breit will assist Public Justice’s efforts in pursuing high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses – a pursuit with which he’s very familiar.
Throughout a legal career spanning 35 years, Breit has become a champion of consumer health, clean water, and of the environment. His practice is focused on consumer class actions and mass torts of national scope. Of note, he was actively involved in the multidistrict litigation concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill, as well as the multidistrict litigation concerning Toyota Unintended Acceleration.
Breit was also instrumental in settling a seminal case against Bank of America involving debit card overdraft fees. In addition, he served as co-lead counsel in the settlements of environmental class actions against Honeywell, Inc. involving contamination of properties in the vicinity of a manufacturing facility in Tampa, Florida, and against Conoco involving contamination of properties in Pensacola, Florida.
Breit also litigates cases involving defective medical and pharmaceutical products. He served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the ReNu MoistureLoc® litigation (In re: Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation-MDL 1785) and as Liaison Counsel in New York State consolidated Bextra-Celebrex litigation.
“We are incredibly proud to see Mitchell appointed to the Board of Directors of Public Justice,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Paul Hanly. “He has been instrumental in obtaining justice for large classes of individuals who suffered substantial injuries, and he sets the bar high for litigators focused on consumer class actions and mass torts.”
More than any single overarching goal, Breit is inspired by the opportunity to collaborate with others in helping people through his work as an attorney. He will continue his pursuit of diminishing social and economic injustice through his leadership as a board member with Public Justice.
Firm shareholder Jayne Conroy also serves as a board member for Public Justice.
For more information about Public Justice, visit: https://www.publicjustice.net/