PERRY J. BROWDER, shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC in Alton, will be installed as the 62nd president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) on Friday, June 5, 2015, at its annual convention.
Browder grew up in Skokie and attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1988 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar shortly thereafter.
Browder began his legal career as an intern in the Livingston County State’s Attorney’s office in Pontiac, Illinois and at the Gary Indiana Legal Clinic in Gary, Indiana. He went on to be a felony prosecutor in McHenry County. Later, he joined the law office of William Kozial.
In 2001, Browder began working at Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC. After nearly eight years, he became a member of the leadership committee where he manages the firm’s nearly 40 asbestos attorneys. With over 25 years of legal experience, Browder has litigated hundreds of asbestos cases.
Browder has been a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 2002. He has served on the ITLA Board of Managers for the last several years. He currently serves on the Illinois Bar Foundation board and oversees its efforts to raise funds to help nonprofit legal aid organizations as the chairman of the organization’s annual black-tie fundraising event in Chicago.
Browder has been included in the Best Lawyers in America list since 2013 and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014-2015 St. Louis Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been named an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2011 through 2015 and received a 5.0 AV ranking from Martindale-Hubbell.
As a leader in asbestos litigation, Browder has been asked to speak at multiple asbestos litigation conferences including Perrin, PALS and has presented at continuing legal education seminars hosted by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
“My goal is to help our members focus on our clients and zealously protect their rights,” Browder said. “Anybody who is injured deserves their day in court to seek justice.”
Browder and his wife Michelle have three children: Amanda, 19; Emily, 14; and Martin who is 12. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. Browder believes family and faith have guided him to this day.