We are dedicated to our clients, our employees and our communities. We make it a priority to give back to the people and communities we represent and are one of the nation’s leading contributors to mesothelioma cancer research. Additionally, we support a wide variety of organizations in Illinois, St. Louis and throughout the nation, including the American Lung Association, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, United Way and more.
The firm has donated more than $20 million to cancer research and is a supporter of several mesothelioma foundations and programs.
The firm has pledged $10.2 million to fund the cancer institute at Southern Illinois University (SIU). The institute provides extraordinary new resources to enhance treatments and implement the continuing search for a permanent cure. It is the largest single gift in the history of SIU and has established the university as home to one of the leading cancer facilities in the United States.
“We believe this is the only instance where a law firm has made such a sizable commitment in this area of vital medical research,” said John Simmons, Simmons Hanly Conroy Chairman. “The firm has been at the forefront in fighting for justice for cancer victims. We will continue to show that commitment with our hearts and with our pocketbook.”
In addition to the firm’s consumer safety work, we also help people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. In 2010, the firm launched the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to help expert medical and scientific researchers make dramatic advances in mesothelioma treatment options for patients and their families. With approximately $8 million in donations, the foundation is currently supporting leading mesothelioma research programs throughout the country and continues to identify partnership opportunities.
Some of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation research partners include the following:
Learn more about the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates and researchers. It has awarded more than $8 million in peer-reviewed grants for mesothelioma research. Since it was founded, the firm has cumulatively donated approximately $2 million to the Meso Foundation.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a voice for victims of asbestos-related diseases and working to secure a global ban on asbestos. The firm has donated approximately half a million dollars to the charity and is the longest consecutive sponsor of its annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference.
Miles for Meso is an initiative of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation that helps communities host 5K races that benefit mesothelioma research. The firm hosts the flagship race every September in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since the first Miles for Meso race in 2009, nearly $500,000 has been raised for mesothelioma cancer research.
Find a race in your community by visiting www.milesformeso.org.
In late 2004, the employees of Simmons Hanly Conroy came together to create a single, streamlined way for them to give back to the communities they are so proud to call home. The result of their creativity and heartfelt commitment is the Simmons Employee Foundation (SEF), which has provided more than $1 million in financial support to local charitable organizations in the St. Louis area and beyond.
SEF programing includes an annual golf tournament that benefits a different local charity each year, holiday food drive that raises tons of food for five Madison County food banks and additional sponsorships of local organizations.
SIUE college students Lauren Petersen and Lacy Siddall lost their lives in an off-campus apartment fire on April 22, 2012.
Their families, along with their attorneys Ted Gianaris of Simmons Hanly Conroy and Tom Long, of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC, partnered with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to produce a fire safety video in their memory and create awareness to protect other students. Watch the video here.
Individuals with criminal records, even if they were never charged or convicted, often have difficulty re-entering the workforce. An expungement or sealing can give people a second chance by removing that employment barrier caused by a past encounter with the law years ago. In 2016, the firm partnered with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Clerk to host the first Madison County Expungement Day in the Alton office. More than 200 people interested in having their records expunged or sealed attended the event and received free legal help from firm attorneys. Learn more about the Madison County Expungement Day.
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