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John D. Cooney


Partner John D. Cooney has been appointed by several United States Trustees to protect the rights of injured American workers and their families in the reorganization proceedings of Owens Corning, USG, Halliburton, Armstrong World Industries, Honeywell, General Motors, and other corporations. Recoveries resulting from Mr. Cooney's efforts have benefited thousands of working families and have exceeded 20 billion dollars.

Among John Cooney's recent accomplishments has been the largest settlement of any personal injury matter in Illinois history. The mesothelioma Lawyer reported that the $200 million result in asbestos exposure litigation topped the chart for its Million Dollar Settlement Survey and was also the highest settlement amount ever reported by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.

John Cooney and his firm have represented thousands of mesothelioma victims and their families over the last three decades. In addition to mesothelioma victims, Mr. Cooney represents clients in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases which have resulted in numerous record-setting verdicts and settlements. In its annual settlement survey, he has been identified by Chicago Lawyer as one of the top ten attorneys who obtains multi-million dollar results. Many of his cases include transportation and construction accidents, product liability, asbestos litigation, as well as medical malpractice. In addition to the $200 million settlement, Mr. Cooney has secured a record $12.3 million judgment for a 60-year-old pipe coverer fatally exposed to asbestos and a $3.4 million verdict for a 24-year-old student injured at O'Hare International Airport in a commuter bus accident. He obtained a $5 million jury verdict for the family of a suburban couple killed in an automobile accident. He also secured a $5.5 million verdict for a 34-year-old woman who was injured when a cement truck lost control, causing her vehicle to roll over.

Mr. Cooney was the founding chairman of the Mass Torts Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. He is also an elected manager of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is an elected Governor of the American Association for Justice.

John D. Cooney received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1976 and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1979. He spent the next five years as a prosecutor with the Cook County States Attorneys Office in the Felony Trial Division.

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Kevin J. Conway

Kevin J. Conway


Kevin J. Conway is a mesothelioma trial lawyer known throughout the United States in the area of mesothelioma, mass torts, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases. He was named a finalist with a group of attorneys for Trial Lawyer of the Year in Washington D.C.  In addition, Mr. Conway has been named one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.

He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  The American College of Trial Lawyers limits its members to ¼ of 1% of Trial Lawyers in the United States.  

Mr. Conway is a Past President of The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  He has been named a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer by vote of his peers. He has been repeatedly named as one of the top 10 personal injury attorneys by his peers in Illinois in the Leading Lawyers Network.

Kevin J. Conway and his firm have tried or settled cases totaling billions of dollars. In one major group of cases Mr. Conway and a team of trial lawyers at Cooney & Conway settled 177 asbestos cases during trial for in excess of 200 million dollars.

He and his partners at Cooney and Conway have endowed a professorial Chair in Advocacy at their alma mater, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.  The Chair is known as The Cooney and Conway Chair in Advocacy.

Mr. Conway's trial victories and major settlements for victims include serious injuries/illnesses and wrongful deaths caused by:

  1. Mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease;
  2. Asbestosis;
  3. Illnesses from toxic drugs and chemicals;
  4. Transportation cases (air crashes, train wrecks, ship wrecks, elevator free falls, truck and bus collisions);
  5. Construction failures and safety violations;
  6. Professional negligence;
  7. Product Liability and Negligence Actions

Kevin has been a guest on national and local television programs as well as radio news shows regarding the law of serious personal injuries and the trial of civil cases. He has testified at legislative hearings on numerous occasions regarding proposed legislation involving mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases and the effect of legislation on the rights of the victims.

Kevin J. Conway has lectured attorneys in many states regarding trial practice and the law in mesothelioma and other serious personal injury cases.  

Attorneys across the United States have asked Mr. Conway to assist them in representing their clients who suffer from  mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Attorney Kevin J. Conway graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Loyola University in Chicago.

Robert J. Cooney

Robert J. Cooney Jr.


Mr. Cooney received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1978 and his B.A from Boston College in 1974. He tried numerous criminal cases while serving as a member of the Homicide Task Force in the Cook County Public Defender's office before joining the firm in 1983.

Since that time, he has achieved numerous million-dollar-plus settlements and verdicts in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has argued appeals before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts as well as in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Cooney is an active member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he has lectured on trial techniques and practice. He is an elected member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association.

William Fahey

William R. Fahey


Mr. Fahey received his J.D. from  John Marshall Law School in 1980, after which he spent over four years as a prosecutor in the office of the Kane County State's Attorney in Geneva, Illinois. He prosecuted many serious felony cases and was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1982. He joined the firm in 1985 as an associate, and became a partner in 1994.

Since joining the firm he has worked actively on the most serious asbestos cases in numerous jurisdictions throughout the state. He has successfully argued cases resulting in verdicts of $35.1 million and $12.3 million on behalf of individuals suffering from mesothelioma, a particularly insidious disease caused by exposure to asbestos. He has settled over eight hundred cases for sums in excess of $1 million, and has negotiated settlements in asbestos cases for Cooney and Conway clients totaling close to $3 billion over the years.

Mr. Fahey has been a member in good standing with the Illinois State Bar since 1980 and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana. He has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the federal court system as well as in front of the First and Second District Appellate Courts for the State of Illinois. He has been a member of the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and has always fought to further the rights of victims and consumers. He has been selected by his peers for membership in the Outstanding Lawyers in America and is among the top 5% of lawyers in the State of Illinois.

Cooney & Conway, founded in 1958, is a plaintiffs only law firm located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The firm currently has 21 exceptional attorneys, all with years of successful litigation experience. A significant practice area of the firm is asbestos litigation, where our attorneys serve as advocates for victims of asbestos related injuries and their families. In our years of practice, we have successfully handled large numbers of asbestos litigation cases in Illinois and throughout the United States. In northern Illinois alone, we handle approximately 90% of all mesothelioma cases.

If you are a person, or a relative of a person, who has been diagnosed with a lung disease or cancer that may be related to asbestos exposure, we are here to provide information, advice, and assistance. Please explore our website to learn more about our asbestos litigation practice and about asbestos related injuries.

Although asbestos litigation is an important part of our practice, we also represent seriously injured personal injury plaintiffs in the following types of actions: transportation liability, (including motor vehicle, public transportation and airplane accidents), medical malpractice and professional negligence, construction liability/workplace injuries, premises liability, product liability, negligence, and mass torts. For a more complete description of our secondary practice areas, please visit our Other Practice Areas page.

We believe that people who are seriously injured by the wrongful conduct of others deserve full compensation. In addition, we believe that they deserve highly qualified, experienced and ethical legal representation to assist them in achieving justice through the American legal system. We therefore strive to provide the legal expertise and judgment necessary in achieving justice for our clients who are victims of serious injury as a result of negligence and for the families of those who suffer wrongful death. Attorneys nationwide seek our assistance in representing seriously injured clients in complex cases.

Among our many successes on behalf of our clients, we have recorded numerous multi-million dollar settlements against Haliburton,  Owens Corning Fiberglass, United States Gypsum, Armstrong and others. For more information about some of the cases we have handled and verdicts or settlements received, please visit our Verdicts and Case Summaries page.

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