Simmons Hanly Conroy Donates $100,000 to Raise Awareness About Dangers of Asbestos And Mesothelioma

The Firm, a leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firm, will be a platinum sponsor of the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The conference, organized by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), will be held March 30-April 1, 2012, at the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, Calif., to bring leading international experts together to discuss asbestos as a global public health crisis.

“The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is extremely grateful to Simmons Hanly Conroy for being a 2012 Platinum sponsor for our Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference,” said Linda Reinstein, president of ADAO. “Through their generous support and donations, ADAO has been able to continue our educational, advocacy and community support efforts. Simmons’ unwavering support to prevent asbestos-caused disease is truly appreciated and respected throughout our ADAO community. Together, change is possible.”

Topics covered at this year’s conference will focus on novel treatments for pleural mesothelioma; asbestos use in India, Brazil and other international countries; legal asbestos use in America and why a total ban is needed; and an investigation into the need to enforce current asbestos regulation.

Conference speakers include Dr. Richard Lemen, retired Assistant Surgeon General; Dr. Dan Sterman, director of Interventional Pulmonary Services at Penn Medicine whose medical interests include mesothelioma; and Joel Shufro, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. Barbara McQueen, wife of the late actor, Steve McQueen, will be giving the Sunday keynote speech during the Unity and Remembrance Brunch.

“The International Asbestos Awareness Conference provides a forum for advocates, patients and medical researchers to join together and promote awareness about the important public health issue of asbestos and its related diseases,” said John Simmons, chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy. “Our continued support of ADAO and its annual conference is just one part of our own mission to support our clients and the mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases community as much as possible.”

The Simmons Hanly Conroy has a long-standing commitment to support individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases in and out of the courtroom. With this mission, the firm has pledged more than $20 million to cancer research, and has been a top cumulative donor to non-profits like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Miles for Meso 5K Races.

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