Jayne Conroy P’12, P’15
Jayne Conroy P’12, P’15 is a founding partner of the New York City based law firm Hanly Conroy.
Ms. Conroy is an experienced litigator who enjoys a superb national reputation as a skilled strategist, trial lawyer and negotiator. For many years Ms. Conroy acted as national trial and coordinating defense counsel to a multi-national corporation and several of its subsidiaries. In recent years she has represented plaintiffs exclusively in a wide variety of products liability matters. Currently her practice focuses on plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical actions on behalf of several thousand plaintiffs who were administered the drugs Actos, OxyContin, Zelnorm, Zyprexa, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, gadolinium contrast dyes, Ephedra, Chantix, Yazmin and Yaz, as well as plaintiffs who were injured by medical devices such as DePuy artificial hips and pelvic repair system materials.
Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, Ms. Conroy earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1980, and continued on to the New England School of Law, where she completed her Juris Doctorate in 1985. Ms. Conroy began her law career in 1985 and has been admitted to the Bars of Massachusetts, New York State, New York City, Illinois, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit, U.S. District Court (Mass., Southern and Eastern Districts of N.Y., District of Columbia, and Southern District of IL), and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She has served as the Editor of the New England Journal on Criminal & Civil Confinement, is currently the Chair of the New York State Products Liability Committee, and has served as a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Instructor on Trial Advocacy for the New York County Lawyers Association. Ms. Conroy is nationally renowned as a speaker on trial advocacy and regularly sits on panels of experts at national litigation conferences including the Federal Bar Council (2001, 2003), Mealey’s Asbestos and Bankruptcy Seminar (2001), National Law Journal Litigation Summit (2002), Mealey’s Pharmaceutical Lawyers’ SuperConference (2008), and the American Bar Association’s 2008 Pharmaceutical CLE Workshop.
Ms. Conroy serves or has served as a member of Plaintiffs’ Steering or Executive Committees in nearly a dozen multidistrict pharmaceutical litigations, and is credited with orchestrating the settlements between 2006 and the present of thousands of pharmaceutical cases for a total recovery for the firm’s clients that approaches $300 million. Throughout much of 2008 Ms. Conroy was engaged in negotiating the terms of the landmark, $894 million settlement of Bextra and Celebrex cases against Pfizer. Ms. Conroy has also represented several thousand victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in a multi-district action against the financial sponsors of terrorism, and, in a separate set of negligence litigations against the airlines and airport security companies on behalf of 50 families who lost their loved ones on the four 9/11 aircraft, helped to forge settlements that totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Ms. Conroy resides in New York City and Cape Cod, and is the mother of Mildred ’12 and Eleanor ’15.