Paul J. Hanly, Jr.

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Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in New York, NY

Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
 | 112 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016-7416
Phone: 877-219-6109
Fax: 212-213-5949
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (60%),
  • General Litigation (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Paul J. Hanly, Jr., is a named shareholder at the law firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC in New York, New York, where he concentrates his practice on complex litigation involving asbestos and mesothelioma, environmental issues, personal injury and pharmaceuticals. A magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Hanly earned his law degree from Georgetown Law and also holds a master's degree from the University of Cambridge.

    Mr. Hanly is admitted to practice in the state courts of both New York and Texas. He also practices before the U.S. district courts for the southern and eastern districts of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

    With more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hanly has been involved in a number of high-profile cases throughout his career and has been instrumental in favorably settling thousands of cases for his clients against pharmaceutical companies.

    Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Hanly plays roles in various professional organizations. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers' Association, where he serves as a member of the committee on federal courts.

    Mr. Haley also belongs to the American Association for Justice, the Federal Bar Council and the Federal Bar Foundation. Possessing extensive trial experience, Mr. Hanly has also served as a trial advocacy instructor at continuing legal education events.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 40%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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    About Paul Hanly, Jr.

    Admitted: 1980, New York

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    • New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2007 – 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985
    • Federal Bar Council
    • American Association for Justice
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1981
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2006
    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York County Lawyers Association (Member, Committee on Federal Courts, 1996 - Present)
    • Texas, 2001
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2004
    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Federal Bar Foundation (Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2004)
    • New York, 1980
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1981

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • CLE Instructor on Trial Advocacy, 1999, 2002-13


    • Member of Plaintiffs' Coordinating Committee in MDL 1598, In re Ephedra Products Liability Litigation (S.D.N.Y.)
    • Meyer v. Schneider (Supreme Court, New York County, 1998) (jury verdict of $4.8 million on behalf of pedestrian struck by automobile)
    • Artwear, Inc. v. Hughes (Estate of Andy Warhol), 615 N.Y.S.2d 689 (App. Div. 1st Dep't 1994) (successful defense of fraud claims)
    • In re DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 9, 2012) (Chair of Plaintiffs' Discovery Committee)
    • Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel and member of Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in MDL 1570, In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 (S.D.N.Y.) (Anti-terrorism Act actions against financial sponsors of terrorism)
    • Member of Plaintiffs' Coordinating Committee, In re Bextra Litigation (state-wide coordinated proceedings, Supreme Court, New York County)
    • Chase Manhattan Bank v. T & N plc, 1997 WL 221203 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 1997), aff'd, 162 F.3d 1147 (2d Cir. 1998) (successful defense of largest asbestos property damage case ever tried in U.S.) (trial profiled in "Chase's Case Turns to Dust," The American Lawyer (May 1996))
    • Warhol Foundation v. Federal Insurance Co., 189 F.3d 208 (2d Cir. 1999) (successful recovery of insurance coverage for plaintiff)
    • Jean-Charles v. Perlitz, 3:11-CV-00614-RNC (D. Conn. 2013)
    • Sundbom v. Erik Riebling Mfg. Co., (S.D.N.Y. 1991) (national record jury verdict of $4.5 million on behalf of woodworker who lost four fingers in defective woodworking machine accident)
    • Synergetics USA, Inc. v. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. and Alcon, Inc., 2008-cv-3669 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y.)
    • Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel and member of Plaintiffs' Steering Committee appointed by court in MDL 1699 to assist coordination of federal MDL with New York state litigation proceedings, In re Bextra and Celebrex Products Liability Litigation (N.D. Cal.)
    • Owens-Illinois, Inc. v. T & N Ltd., 191 F.R.D. 522 (E.D. Tex. 2000) (successful vacation of $1.66 billion default judgment)
    • Schlaifer Nance & Co., Inc. v. Estate of Andy Warhol, 927 F. Supp. 650 (S.D.N.Y. 1996), aff'd, 119 F.3d 91 (2d Cir. 1997), subsequent proceedings, 7 F. Supp. 2d 364 (S.D.N.Y. 1998), rev'd, 194 F.3d 323 (2d Cir. 1999) (successful defense of RICO, fraud and copyright claims)
    • Chambers v. Merrill Lynch, 10 CV 07109 (AJN) (S.D.N.Y. 2013)
    • Prospect Group, Inc. v. Kirby, 1992 WL 400732 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 23, 1992) (successful prosecution of complex breach of contract claims)
    • CFTC v. Walsh et. al., 09-CV-01749 (GBD) (S.D.N.Y.)
    • Member of Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, No. 21 MC 97 (S.D.N.Y.) (consolidated 9/11 negligence actions against airlines and airport security companies)

    Educational Background:

    • Cambridge University (M.A., with honors), 1976
    • Cornell University (B.A., magna cum laude), 1974
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    112 Madison Avenue
    7th Floor
    New York, NY 10016-7416

    Phone: 877-219-6109

    Fax: 212-213-5949

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