Shareholders John Simmons, Perry Browder, Derek Brandt Named Illinois Super Lawyers
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, a national litigation firm, is pleased to announce three of its attorneys have been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in the state for 2013. Shareholders John Simmons, Perry Browder and Derek Brandt have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Illinois are selected by Super Lawyers.
Simmons makes the list in personal injury products for the second year. He is also ranked as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Simmons founded the firm in 1999 with seven employees and a focus on asbestos litigation. Under his leadership the firm has grown to more than 200 employees, including more than 60 attorneys, with offices in Alton, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Browder has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products for the third consecutive year. This year he was also listed as a Best Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report. He has represented victims of asbestos exposure in hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits. He has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf his clients, including a $250 million verdict against U.S. Steel, the largest verdict of its kind in U.S. history.
Brandt was ranked as a Super Lawyer in the following areas: Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation and Environmental Litigation. This year marks his second year for inclusion. He heads the firm’s complex litigation group, representing businesses and individuals in matters of intellectual property infringement, competition, contract actions, fraud actions and other business torts. Derek’s representations have ranged from a small innovative medical device manufacturer to a multinational Fortune 100 company with market capitalization in excess of $50 billion.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.