Alton, Ill –Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to announce Taylor Kerns, a shareholder in the firm’s Asbestos Department, has been named to Missouri Lawyer Weekly’s 2019 list of “Up & Coming” lawyers.
“Taylor’s dedication to his clients is evident both inside and outside of the courtroom,” said Mike Angelides, managing shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. “This dedication, coupled with his leadership and proficiency in all areas of a case, make him both a formidable opponent and a respected colleague. He is a deserving recipient of Missouri Lawyer Weekly’s ‘Up & Coming’ recognition, and we are proud to have him on our side.”
Kerns is one of 50 attorneys across the state selected for the honor this year out of more than 200 applicants. Missouri Lawyers Weekly staff made their selections based on the attorneys’ demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities. The award recipients are age 40 or younger or are within their first 10 years of practice.
Kerns not only brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the courtroom, he becomes an extension of the families he fights for. He is known to sit bedside with clients in hospital rooms, offer support to grieving families, and routinely deliver the monetary justice they deserve.
After 13 years with Simmons Hanly Conroy, Kerns now handles all areas of an individual asbestos case in multiple courts around the country. He received his first promotion in 2012, naming him a Trial Team Leader in the firm’s Asbestos Department. His mastery of all aspects related to an asbestos case helped propel him to shareholder in early 2014. His proficiency and leadership create exceptional results. The cases he litigates and manages regularly settle for seven-figure amounts, cumulatively totaling hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of his legal career.
Kerns received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration and Policy from Creighton University and his J.D. with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law.