Profile

Name

Michael Angelides

Firm

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC

Firm Website

http://www.simmonsfirm.com

City

Alton

State

IL

Bio

Mike Angelides is the managing shareholder of Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, overseeing the firm’s asbestos, toxic tort, pharmaceutical injury, intellectual property infringement and contingent-fee commercial litigation practices.

Since joining the Simmons Firm, Mike has continued to grow the Simmons Firm’s reputation as a national leader in asbestos litigation, representing victims of mesothelioma against some of the largest companies in the nation.

As a leader in asbestos litigation, Mike has presented at both of the profession’s leading asbestos litigation conferences, Mealey’s and PALS. He has seen the firm expand from 7 to more than 50 attorneys and grown to accept more asbestos cases on an annual basis than any other firm in the country. Yet, through a proven business method, those cases receive dedicated individual attention unavailable at most firms.
I’m proud of the fact that no one helps as many mesothelioma victims as the Simmons Firm does on an annual basis, Mike said.

He has also been instrumental in the growth of the firm’s pharmaceutical injury, intellectual property and commercial litigation practices. The firm now holds national litigation leadership positions related to the Yaz/Yasmine birth control recall, the popular smoking cessation drug Chantix and the DePuy ASR hip implant recalls. The firm’s pharmaceutical attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of consumers throughout the country who were injured due to dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
In 2010, the firm’s commercial litigation department demonstrated the benefit of contingent-fee arrangements in commercial cases when it successfully negotiated a resolution for over 30 million dollars in an antitrust case. The victory garnered national media attention including publication in Forbes Magazine.

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1995
Illinois, 1996
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1996

Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 1995, J.D.
Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1992, B.A., Major:Political Science
Delta Tau Delta

COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS
Mike does not stop fighting for the firm’s clients when they leave the courtroom. He is a passionate advocate for worker and consumer rights. ìI’ve learned that many large companies will stop at nothing to cover up their wrong-doings and avoid taking responsibility for their actions,î Mike said.
Mike levies the firm’s resources to benefit leading mesothelioma non-profits such as the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, and Miles for Meso 5K Races. These groups work toward improving public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, securing legislation that would totally ban this dangerous dust, and raising research funds to help find a mesothelioma cure.

The firm recently donated $2 million to the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a charity dedicated to working with mesothelioma medical experts, researchers, hospitals and universities with the hope of hastening a cure.

Supporting the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation was a new idea that made substantial contributions to mesothelioma research and has set an example that is matched by no one in the (law) industry,î Mike said.

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
After graduating with honors from Kenyon College in Ohio, Mike enrolled in St. Louis University’s Law School. After law school, he worked for Judge Paul J. Simon on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. It was here he realized he wanted to be the kind of lawyer who made a difference in the lives of individuals and families. That meant becoming a plaintiff’s attorney.

I always liked representing the underdog, Mike said. And this kind of work, fighting against people who had wronged someone else in some way, seemed the most satisfying and enjoyable.

In 2001, Mike left his private practice to become the firm’s seventh asbestos attorney, and in 2009, his name was added to the letterhead when the firm changed its name to Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC.
In 2010, Mike was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis’ 40 Under 40. The award honors 40 early achievers based on achievements in the awardees’ careers and work in the St. Louis community.
Mike recently received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV rating, which identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability, is a prestigious peer-reviewed analysis of Mike’s expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.

Noteworthy

St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2006
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Staff Attorney, 1995-1996
Private Practice, Attorney, 1996-2001

Representative Experience
Exclusive focus on mesothelioma and asbestos litigation.

News & Publications
Simmons Firm Managing Partner Named One of St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40
Delaware Judge Finds Opinions Linking Chrysotile To Mesothelioma Reliable
Wave of Asbestos Litigation in Delaware May Be Just a Ripple
Time to Ban Asbestos Is Long Overdue
US law firms should look to the future & embrace non-lawyer ownership, By Mike Angelides, Managing Partner Magazine, 20 April 2012.

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers