Simmons Hanly Conroy Attorneys Join Patients, Medical Experts for Mesothelioma Conference

9th Annual Meso Foundation Symposium brings together Mesothelioma Community

Washington, D.C. – The Firm, a national leading asbestos and mesothelioma litigation firm, is proud to show its support of the mesothelioma community during the 9th Annual Meso Foundation Symposium, organized by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The firm is a gold sponsor of the conference.

“As a Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Meso Foundation Symposium, we are proud to support the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and its mission to support patients, fund research and advocate for a cure,” said Chairman John Simmons. “Events like these are vital to uniting the community and helping people impacted by a mesothelioma diagnosis know they are not alone when dealing with the challenges this disease brings.”

The Firm has a long-standing commitment to support individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases in and out of the courtroom, Simmons said. The firm has pledged nearly $20 million to cancer research and has been the longest cumulative supporter of the Meso Foundation with over $2 million donated to support its programming since 1999.

This year’s Meso Symposium will feature several sessions geared toward patient support, including “Survivorship: living with and beyond a cure” presented by Dr. Ravin Garg; Planning for your Life and your Legacy presented by MorganStanley SmithBarney; “A Life Well Lived” presented by Hanne Mintz, Co-Chair of the Meso Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Attendees will also learn how they can “be the answer” in a session about fundraising for mesothelioma. It is presented by Shelly Kozicki and Erica Ruble, who have both raised over $100,000 in honor of family members who died of mesothelioma.

A session presented by mesothelioma survivor Julie Gundlach and Meso Foundation Nurse Mary Hesdorffer will provide updates on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. The Meso Foundation has worked to secure nearly $5 million in federal funds for mesothelioma research through the program.

View the agenda for the 2012 Meso Foundation Symposium >>>

Other topics addressed with include research panels featuring several well-known mesothelioma researchers, an update on advocate efforts on Capitol Hill and a legal panel to address patient’s legal questions.

Registration is still available by visiting In addition, many of the event’s panel discussions and sessions will be streamed live for anyone who cannot attend the event. To watch the conference live, click here.