KEVIN J. CONWAY will be awarded the prestigious Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) convention on Friday, June 9, 2017. The convention will be held at the Westin River North in Chicago, Illinois.
The criteria of the award are as follows:
“This award is given annually at the convention banquet to someone selected by a committee appointed by the president. The recipient is someone who has devoted, as Leonard did, a substantial part of their life and their practice to ITLA, someone who has done more than is called for. Someone who has the standards of Leonard, the work ethics of Leonard and the commitment to ITLA that Leonard had. At the same time, it keeps alive the memory of Leonard Ring.”
Kevin Conway, 65, a partner at the law firm of Cooney and Conway in Chicago, is a trial lawyer known throughout the United States in mesothelioma, mass torts, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases.
Conway graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and Juris Doctor in 1976 from Loyola University in Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1976. After law school he was hired by the law firm of Cooney and Stenn which later became Cooney and Conway, after Conway became a partner.
Conway has tried and settled complex mass tort cases ranging from mesothelioma to birth defects caused by chemical exposures. He has also represented individuals in major disasters including train derailments, airline crashes, and explosions at industrial facilities. He is a Past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Conway has been named a Best Lawyer in America. He and a small group of trial lawyers from Illinois were nominated for Trial Lawyers of the Year in Washington D.C. for their work in Best v Taylor Machine Works. The case overturned major anti-consumer legislation in Illinois.
Active in many charitable organizations, Conway was recently awarded the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award at the Chicago Bar Association Sponsored Gala for his charitable endeavors. He is a Life Trustee at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, a former trustee at the Chicago Jesuit Academy, vice chairman of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, Board member of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Founder/Board Member of the Oak Park Country Club Foundation.
He and his partners have established the Cooney and Conway Chair in Advocacy at Loyola University Law School in Chicago. They have also funded research to cure cancers and to provide education and training in industrial medicine.
“I have been fortunate to have a tremendous family to live with, great law partners and attorneys to work with, and deserving clients to represent. It is an honor to have assisted victims of serious misconduct for many years.”
Conway is married to his wife, Linda. They have three daughters: Kathryn Conway, an attorney at Powers, Rogers and Smith; Patricia Conway, a librarian and musician in Virginia; and Judith Conway, an attorney at Cooney and Conway.
Past Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jon G. Carlson, Rex Carr, Robert J. Cooney, Philip H. Corboy, George J. Cullen, Joseph R. Curcio, David A. Decker, Thomas A. Demetrio, James Thomas Demos, Geoffrey L. Gifford, William J. Harte, Thomas Q. Keefe, Jr., Thomas F. Londrigan, Philip F. Maher, Nicholas J. Motherway, Nat P. Ozmon, Eugene I. Pavalon, John G. Phillips, Kim E. Presbrey, Anthony C. Raccuglia, Curt N. Rodin, Larry R. Rogers, Sr. and Michael P. Schostok.