ALTON, Ill. – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass torts firms and a national leader in the legal representation of mesothelioma patients and their families, is pleased to announce that Shareholders Andrew S. Murrie and Holly Nighbert are among the winners of Missouri Lawyers Media’s 2022 Up & Coming Awards.
“We congratulate Andrew and Holly on their recognition from Missouri Lawyers Media as among the top young attorneys in the state of Missouri,” said Larry Nassif, managing shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy.
From the publisher of Missouri Lawyers Weekly magazine, the Up & Coming Awards recognize early-career lawyers from throughout Missouri who demonstrate professional excellence while making a positive impact on their profession and communities.
Honorees — who are age 40 or younger or are within their first 10 years of practice — have demonstrated professional accomplishment, skill and leadership beyond their years, as well as extraordinary commitment to their communities through volunteer service and leadership.
Murrie focuses his practice on helping individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation and has helped recover millions of dollars in asbestos settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients.
Murrie and his wife volunteer for the St. Louis chapter of the ALS Association, which works to find a cure and better treatment options for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Murrie received his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Nighbert on mass tort litigation and is a key member of the firm’s opioid litigation team, which represents local governments across the country in state and federal courts. The nationwide multidistrict litigation alleges drug companies contributed to the opioid crisis by carelessly promoting painkillers and downplaying addiction risks. The litigation seeks to secure meaningful funds for communities that incurred millions in costs dealing with the estimated 400,000 opioid-related deaths since 1996.
Nighbert received the Pro Bono Commitment to Community award for her work helping Hurricane Katrina victims get needed relief from the U.S. government.
Nighbert received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University.