Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Sarah Burns Receives Alumni Achievement Award from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food & National Resources

ALTON, Ill. (November 28, 2022) – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms and the nation’s leader in representing mesothelioma patients and their families, is pleased to announce this permanent shareholder and University of Missouri (Mizzou) alumnus Sarah Burns has received a Column Award from MU’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR).

“We congratulate Sarah on her many achievements that have earned her honors as a graduate of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources,” said Larry Nassif, managing shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy.

Burns said, “I am honored to have received the Column Award and am truly grateful for everything I have learned during my time at Mizzou, but especially everything I have learned from each of my professors at CAFNR.”

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The Column Award is the only award given specifically for Mizzou’s CAFNR alumni and recognizes CAFNR alumni who have made significant professional contributions and whose achievements, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of excellence in CAFNR. Each year, the honoree class includes one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, which reflect the six historic Ionian-style columns at the University of Missouri that originally supported Mizzou’s first campus building (Academic Hall) and serve as a testament to the school’s history. That year, Burns was the honoree of the Biochemistry Division of CAFNR.

As a member of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s complex litigation team, Burns has extensive legal experience handling prescription opioid litigation, consumer safety cases, multi-district mass tort actions and other complex business tort cases. She is a member of the firm’s Opioid Litigation Team, which works to help counties and local governments enforce their legal rights against pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis. Over the past 14 years at the firm, Burns has settled billions of dollars on behalf of her clients.

Burns received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mizzou and her JD (with honor) from the College of Law at the University of Tulsa.

About Simmons Hanly Conroy

Simmons Hanly Conroy is one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancers. Other primary litigation includes prescription opioids, sexual abuse, pharmaceuticals, consumer protection, environmental damage and personal injury. Lawyers have been appointed to handle numerous national litigation cases in multiple counties, including prescription opioids, Vioxx, Yaz and Toyota Unintended Acceleration. The law firm also represents small and medium-sized companies, inventors and entrepreneurs in commercial law matters. The firm’s attorneys’ passion for improving the lives of asbestos victims and their families extends to the firm’s contributions to mesothelioma cancer research and continued support through initiatives including the annual Miles for Meso 5K race and the Fun Run/Walk the office. The firm’s offices are located in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Alton, Illinois. Read more at

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