Simmons Hanly Conroy Expands California Presence, Adding San Francisco Office

National litigation firm increases services to clients, co-counsel throughout West Coast

Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, a national plaintiffs’ firm focused on complex litigation, has opened a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, expanding its California presence. The firm has an existing office in Los Angeles County.

The new office allows the Firm to broaden its services to clients and co-counsel throughout the West Coast on a range of litigation matters, including asbestos law, class actions, commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. The office is staffed by two attorneys.

“We are pleased to open a second office in California,” said Mike Angelides, Simmons Hanly Conroy Managing Shareholder. “There’s no doubt this will allow us to better serve existing and future clients, and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the Bay Area community.”

The second California office, located at 455 Market St., Suite #1150, San Francisco, CA, 94105, is the latest addition for the Firm, a 55-lawyer plaintiffs-only firm serving thousands of clients throughout the U.S. In 2008, the firm opened its first California office in El Segundo. Additional offices are located in Chicago and St. Louis. The firm is headquartered in Alton, Ill.

Angelides said the San Francisco office will provide additional resources needed to support existing clients, including those with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

The firm already is entrenched in a great deal of California-based litigation, including its representation of California homeowners in actions against several major West Coast homebuilders. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco recently ruled the firm’s clients had standing to sue housing developers for their alleged fraud in the marketing and sale of homes in communities filled with high-risk buyers – communities which were particularly hard hit when the housing market crashed.

Since 1999, the Simmons has recovered more than $4 billion verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients, including a $250 million verdict for an Indiana steelworker, one of the largest verdicts in the history of asbestos litigation.