Alton, IL – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest asbestos and mass tort law firms, announced the promotion of Laurence Nassif to managing shareholder. Michael Angelides, the managing shareholder for the past 15 years, will remain with the firm.
Based in New York, Nassif is a seasoned plaintiff’s lawyer who has devoted over two decades to representing clients in asbestos and mass torts matters. Since joining Simmons in 2015, his work has contributed to more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients.
“It’s a privilege to be part of a mission-driven firm and work with such talented professionals,” Nassif said. “Mike Angelides helped transform this firm into a nationwide practice, and John Simmons has truly established a unique, entrepreneurial culture that always puts clients first. I plan to honor that legacy, grow our practices and expand into new areas of litigation.”
“This is an exciting new chapter for our firm,” Chairman John Simmons said. “Larry is a proven, hands-on leader and widely respected by both plaintiff and defense lawyers in asbestos and mass tort litigation.”
Angelides added, “Larry has been an integral part of the team that has advanced our practice. He’s been a key player in helping us become one of the only plaintiff firms positioned to go to court anywhere in the country and secure results.”
The firm has five offices with 85 attorneys and 175 legal and support staff. Since 2017, its lawyers have won nine asbestos verdicts totaling more than $190 million in California, New York, Ohio and Missouri.
Its firm’s complex litigation department, led by Jayne Conroy, has secured more than $28 billion in settlements for governmental clients battling opioid epidemics in their communities.