Shareholder Jayne Conroy Elected to American Law Institute

Jayne Conroy

Jayne Conroy
ALTON, Ill. – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass torts firms, is pleased to announce Shareholder Jayne Conroy has been inducted into the American Law Institute (ALI).

Conroy was one of 68 inductees into the organization, which limits its active membership to 3,000 prominent judges, lawyers, and law professors. ALI’s mission is to clarify, modernize and influence the law through scholarly works. ALI’s Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law impact courts, legislatures, legal scholarship and education.

“We commend Jayne on her selection for the American Law Institute,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Paul J. Hanly Jr. “Throughout her career, she has fought for justice and restitution for her clients, and as a member of ALI, she will be able to further influence the legal landscape, continuing her legacy of giving back to the profession in which she excels.”

The only Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney to be inducted into the ALI, Conroy focuses her practice on complex civil cases with more than 30 years of experience as a skilled strategist, trial lawyer and negotiator. Her track record standing up for the rights of individuals and families harmed by corporate wrongdoing is evidenced by her high-profile multidistrict litigation (MDL) casework including litigation against the financial sponsors of the 9/11 attack, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, the Volkswagen ‘clean diesel’ emissions scandal litigation, and, most recently, the national prescription opiates litigation.

Conroy has secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of her clients, including a $60 million class action settlement on behalf of more than 170 Haiti boys against the Catholic institutions that supported their abuser, convicted pedophile Douglas Perlitz, and a staggering $1 billion verdict on behalf of six patients, and their spouses, harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant in the third bellwether trial for the federal Pinnacle hip implant litigation. Conroy serves on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee for the federal litigation, which includes more than 9,000 plaintiffs nationwide.

Conroy’s current cases also include additional sex abuse cases against multiple institutions and pending litigation against Volkswagen on behalf of several thousand plaintiffs who were affected by the German automaker’s emissions scandal, for which Conroy serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Additionally, Conroy helps lead the firm’s groundbreaking litigation on behalf of counties and other jurisdictions across the country against pharmaceutical companies aggressively marketing prescription opioids and was recently appointed interim co-lead counsel for the negotiation class in the National Prescription Opiates MDL.

In addition to her law practice, Conroy regularly speaks on trial advocacy and sits on expert panel experts at national litigation conferences. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including: “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame,” National Trial Lawyers Association, 2019; “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” Crain’s New York Business, 2018; “Best Lawyers in America,” Best Lawyers, 2018; “Product Liability MVP, Law360, 2016-2017; “Top Women in Law,” New York Law Journal, 2016; and “Outstanding Women Lawyers,” National Law Journal, 2015, among others.

Conroy received her J.D. from New England School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Read ALI’s official announcement here.