Shareholder Amy Garrett brings more than 22 years of litigation experience to her leadership role as Assistant Managing Shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. She has developed a fierce reputation for protecting the rights of her asbestos and complex litigation clients both in and out of the courtroom.
During Amy’s tenure as a firm leader, the firm has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients. Amy joined the firm in 2003. She became an asbestos trial team leader in 2007 and the firm’s first female shareholder in 2009. She has since mentored several other women to partnership.
Since 2019, Amy has served as one of two assistant managing shareholders and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. She currently leads the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts in addition to other managerial responsibilities.
As a veteran litigator, she also oversees the Madison County and St. Louis asbestos dockets and works closely with attorneys in both the Asbestos and Complex Litigation departments to prepare cases for trial. Her litigation work has secured millions of dollars on behalf of her clients affected by asbestos.
“Helping give people facing a terminal diagnosis some peace of mind makes every day as a lawyer worthwhile,” Amy said. “I still correspond with former clients, and nothing brings me greater satisfaction than when I hear the firm’s work allowed the family to stay afloat, pay for their kids’ college and continue to lead some of the life they had intended before mesothelioma.”
A native of the metro St. Louis area, Amy has always looked for ways to give back to her community. She is a past director of the firm’s employee foundation, which has donated more than $1 million to charities in the St. Louis area. She also founded and is the coordinator for the firm’s pro bono program and serves on the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee in Madison County, Ill.
As a former prosecutor, she also helped develop Simmons Hanly Conroy’s Expungement Day and Road to Work programs. In conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, these programs helped Madison County residents remove minor criminal charges from their records and reinstate their driving privileges so they could find employment, obtain affordable housing or further their education.
“I have a genuine interest in every person’s story and feel like it’s my job to give our clients the power to fight for themselves and their families,” Amy said.
Amy graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana in 1995.