St. Louis Conference Gathers Local Experts on Asbestos Litigation

The Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firms, will once again sponsor and host the “Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference,” an event presented by HarrisMartin Publishing on Sept. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.


This one day conference will bring together attorneys – plaintiff and defendant – from around the Midwest to learn about ongoing trends in asbestos litigation. Firm Shareholder John Barnerd will serve as the conference’s co-chair.

“I encourage attorneys who are interested in learning more about the asbestos litigation trends in the Midwest to attend,” Barnerd said. “You can expect to hear from some of the most experienced asbestos lawyers in the Midwest and earn some CLE credits in the process.”Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Ted Gianaris and asbestos attorney William Kohlburn will join Barnerd as conference presenters.

Kohlburn will give a morning presentation titled “Low Dose Asbestos Exposures” in which he will review low dose epidemiologic studies, substantial factors regarding causation, and the application of the law relating to expert witnesses.

Gianaris will represent the plaintiff’s perspective in the session “The Illinois Rules of Evidence – Perspectives from Plaintiff and Defense Counsel.” Gianaris is an experienced trial attorney focused on asbestos and other catastrophic injuries. He has spent his career litigating against large, national asbestos companies in toxic exposure cases.

“The Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference has become one of the most anticipated of the annual events in HarrisMartin’s regional asbestos CLE series,” said HarrisMartin Publisher Jeff Andrus. “The agenda features judges and counsel from around the region, covering an area that is home to some very active asbestos dockets. Because the content is “local,” it’s also very relevant. It’s information that attendees can immediately put to work upon returning from the conference.

Other topics scheduled on the agenda include a review of Ohio and Minnesota asbestos law, a review of Wisconsin’s new tort reform law, updates on MDL 875 developments, and Ethics and Medicare procedures.

For more information or to register for the Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, visit