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Founding partner, John Simmons, started The Simmons Firm in 1999 with eight employees and a focus on asbestos litigation. John's vision was to provide clients with a high level of service and care.


Today that vision has been realized. Now known as SimmonsCooper, the
firm has over 60 attorneys and nearly 300 employees, as well as a
firm-wide dedication to giving clients personal attention. John has
overseen some of the firm's biggest verdicts and settlements, including some of the largest asbestos injury awards in U.S. history.*


John's commitment to the victims of mesothelioma runs deep. He and
SimmonsCooper jointly pledged $10.2 million to establish the
SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University in
Springfield. The Cancer Institute is a community-based patient care,
research, education and outreach program created to improve cancer care
for the citizens of Central and Southern Illinois.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    17 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
  3. Business: 25%

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Contact info

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC

One Court Street
Alton, IL, 62002


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199605/17/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing - CLER Exempt199406/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chairman and CEOSimmons Law Firm1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Southern Illinois University Board of TrusteesBoard MemberN/A
United Way PartnershipExecutive Board MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Southern Illinois UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A