Conroy receives Champion of Justice lifetime award

Jayne Conroy is a trial lawyer who has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of children.


Simmons Hanly Conroy

ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy announced that Jayne Conroy, the firm’s named shareholder, is the recipient of the Champion of Justice life achievement award by the Public Justice legal advocacy group. Larry Nassif is managing shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy. He said that Jayne was a deserving winner of Public Justice's Champion of Justice lifetime achievement award. We are grateful for Jayne’s leadership at Simmons Hanly Conroy, and her dedication to plaintiff's rights. The Champion of Justice Award honors an individual or individuals who have shown a commitment and history to fight injustice and ensure the judicial system is fair for all. Former recipients of the Champion of Justice Award include Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (2020), civil rights lawyer Ben Crump (2021) and former U.S. Barney Frank, Congressman (2017).

Public Justice was originally known as Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. It is a nonprofit legal advocacy group that fights against corporate corruption, sexual predators, harassers and polluters. The organization combines high-impact litigation, strategic communication and its partnerships in order to combat abusive and discriminatory systems. Public Justice can be found at



Conroy led Simmons Hanly Conroy to become one of America's largest plaintiffs law firms, dedicated to helping people injured by corporate misconduct. Conroy has secured billions of dollars of verdicts and settlements on behalf of thousands of people, families and communities in the United States. She has more than 30 years of experience in the legal field and focuses on helping plaintiffs only. This includes mass torts, class action, product liability litigation, sexual abuse litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, and other types of lawsuits.

Conroy has been appointed or served on dozens court-appointed committees for complex legal cases of national scope. She was also selected recently as co-lead counsel and interim class representative for plaintiffs in a case against Norfolk Southern, responsible for the East Palestine train derailment on Feb. 3, 2023. Conroy is also currently serving as co-leader of the National Prescription Opiate Multidistrict Litigation, which is located in the Northern District Ohio.