John Foley is an award-winning attorney and shareholder at the national firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy. He began his tenure at the firm in 2004 as a law clerk, and has practiced law there since 2005. Foley is a key leader in the firm’s Pharmaceutical Litigation Department. 

Foley specializes in cases involving: 

  • Dangerous drugs
  • Harmful products 
  • Medical devices

His work has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for clients. Foley has also helped clients diagnosed with mesothelioma hold asbestos manufacturers and other negligent companies accountable. 

Foley has helped clients litigate cases involving:

  • 3M Combat Arms earplugs
  • Actos
  • Asbestos
  • Bextra
  • Camp Lejeune water contamination
  • Chantix
  • CPAP devices
  • E-cigarettes
  • Hair relaxers
  • Hernia mesh
  • Knee implants
  • Mesothelioma
  • Metal-on-metal hip implants
  • SSRI birth injuries
  • Talcum powder
  • Topamax
  • Transvaginal mesh
  • Vioxx
  • Yaz/Yasmin

Foley uses his expertise to hold companies accountable for harm or injury caused by a defective medication, faulty medical device or a potentially dangerous product. He focuses on making sure his clients receive compensation while also pushing for improvements in standards and practices.


  • Pharmaceutical litigation
  • Product liability cases


Saint Louis University School of Law – Juris Doctorate

Awards & Certifications

Thomson Reuters

  • Illinois Super Lawyers (2019-2023)
  • Illinois Rising Stars (2013-2016)

National Trial Lawyers

  • Illinois Top 100 (2014-2015)
  • Top 40 Under 40 (2014)

Chicago Magazine

  • Top Attorneys Rising Stars in IL (2013)


  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Mass Tort Leadership Roles

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

  • In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2187
  • In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2325
  • In Re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2326
  • In Re: Coloplast Corp., Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2387

Discovery Committee, Co-Lead

  • In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2440

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