Brian Cooke is a long-serving attorney with Simmons Hanly Conroy, having joined the firm in 2004. He pursues compensation for those who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos decades earlier.
“Every client gets my card and I make sure to run a pen right underneath my cell phone number before I hand it to them. They are not just allowed to call me; they are encouraged.”
– Brian Cooke
Prior to his work at the firm, Brian graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia’s School of Law and served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine.
Both legal and military service ran in Brian’s blood. His parents served in Vietnam and other relatives served as judges and attorneys. During his time in the Marines, Brian was a company commander and a prosecutor, serving Iraq and other countries.
As an attorney, Brian is no stranger to helping those who have been wronged — whether they’re U.S. veterans with service-related injuries or those with mesothelioma. In some cases, they’re both: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers mesothelioma a service-related disease if it stems from military asbestos exposure.
Today, Brian is proud to help mesothelioma patients pursue justice and compensation from the companies who harmed them. He and his team work tirelessly to build cases on their clients’ behalf, with no extra stress being placed on the patient or their family.
Like the other attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy, Brian also works on a contingency basis. This means they charge upfront fees and put the patients’ needs first.
“To me, [working on a contingency basis] means there aren’t just little pockets of time when I’m available. It’s 24/7. I work for my clients.”
– Brian Cooke
In addition to handling mesothelioma lawsuits, Brian continues to help fellow veterans, providing legal aid on a pro bono basis.
Awards & Honors
- First U.S. attorney to argue a case before the Central Criminal Court of Iraq
- Named as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine (2016-2020)
- Received the Spirit of Justice Award from the St. Louis Bar Association (2011)