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Two National Tort Law Firms Merge

06/09/14

Two National Tort Law Firms Merge


Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC and Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP, national leaders in mass tort and complex litigation, announced last week, that the two law firms will be merging with effect from July. The new firm is named Simmons Hanly Conroy and will be having offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis and Alton, Ill.

John Simmons, the Chairman of Simmons Browder said, "The merger gives us a New York office, expands our attorney depth and creates a streamlined practice with centuries of litigation experience." He said further, "together, we are positioned as a dominant national leader in asbestos, mass tort and complex litigation matters, and we are especially pleased that Jayne Conroy will continue her leadership role as a named shareholder in the merged firm."

Simmons said the merger was a "natural progression" for both law firms as he and Hanly Conroy have been co-counsel partners for more than ten years, and together they have successfully resolved high-profile products liability litigations including those involving Chantix, Oxycontin, Yaz and Toyota unintended acceleration matters.

While Hanly Conroy, which operates from New York, currently has only nine attorneys, Simmons has more than 60 attorneys and 150 professional support staff across five offices in Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Alton, Ill. The Simmons firm gained national prominence in an asbestos litigation in which the law firm secured a $250 million verdict against U.S. Steel. Simmons is well-known as a mesothelioma law firm.

Speaking on the merger, Paul Hanly, Shareholder of Hanly Conroy said Simmons' "extensive federal court experience and national resources will be a winning combination for clients and position us to not only evolve but thrive in an ever-changing, competitive legal marketplace."

Led by Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, Hanly Conroy shot into national prominence with high-profile multi-jurisdictional litigation like the Pinnacle hip replacement and the September 11 matters.

In the new law firm, in addition to Simmons, Hanly and Conroy, current Simmons shareholders will continue to serve in management roles. John Simmons will serve as Chairman and Michael Angelides as Managing Shareholder. Hanly will oversee the firm's complex litigation department while Browder will continue to manage the firm's asbestos department.

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