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Up & Coming Honorees: Courtney M. Gregory, 39

Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, Alton, Illinois

courtney-gregoryPractice Areas: Mesothelioma and asbestos,
personal injury

Law School: Saint Louis University

 Courtney Gregory isn’t just a frequent presence in the courthouse or in her office. She’s also been known to spend so much time at patients’ bedsides that medical staff think she’s family.

Gregory’s dedication to obtaining justice for her clients is rooted in her childhood. Growing up with a father who worked at an electric utility, she witnessed the effects of on-the-job injuries, which helped to inspire her work.

Gregory has earned a reputation as an attorney who can handle all aspects of asbestos-related mesothelioma cases, including discovery, motion practice, depositions and more. She also has to do it quickly because the plaintiffs she represents might have a life expectancy of only 6 to 18 months. As a result of her efforts, Gregory has recovered more than $250 million on behalf of her clients.

In addition to her legal work, Gregory also works on behalf of mesothelioma patients and their families by partnering with organizations to advocate for improved funding for treatment and research, a federal ban on asbestos and protection of patient rights.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

The privilege and honor of working on behalf of our clients. I also am very proud of the pro bono work our firm has done, including expungement days. It is a wonderful feeling to help people that want to better their lives and move on from a past mistake.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

It is important to be reliable as well as eager and willing to learn. Always be prepared, and do not be afraid to ask questions. I also believe it is important to treat everyone with compassion and respect.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

I majored in finance and management in college and would probably work in the business world.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Despite my early schedule, I am a complete night owl.

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