Perry J. Browder, a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy in the firm’s Alton office, has been elected as second vice president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association.
The foundation raises funds for distribution to Illinois nonprofit organizations that provide free legal services to those with limited means. It also provides assistance to lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. In 2015 the foundation took on the responsibility of a statewide expansion of the Illinois Justice Corps to provide trained part-time student volunteers to serve as guides in courthouses. This year the foundation will distribute more than $850,000 in funds.
Browder, who manages the Asbestos Litigation Group at Simmons Hanley Conroy, previously held the post of IBF third vice president. He is a Pillar of the IBF Fellows Program. With nearly 25 years of experience as both a plaintiff and defense attorney, he has played a key role in some of the largest asbestos verdicts in the country.
He received a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University and his law degree with honors from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1988.
For information about the Illinois Bar Foundation, call (312) 726-6072 or visit www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.