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William R. Fahey

William R. FaheyWilliam R. Fahey has always had a strong sense of justice. Because of this, upon graduating from John Marshall Law School in 1980, William chose to become a prosecutor. William began his career at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in Geneva, Illinois. There he honed his trial advocacy skills, handling many serious felony cases, during his four-year tenure at that office. In 1982, just two years after graduating law school, William was named Illinois prosecutor of the year.

Upon learning of the injustice being wrought on asbestos victims who were suffering and dying from mesothelioma, William transitioned to private practice to help ensure that these victims received justice. He joined Cooney & Conway in 1985, and due to his hard work and commitment to his clients, became a partner in the firm in 1994.

With over 35 years of experience, William R. Fahey has been at the forefront of mesothelioma litigation. During this period of time he has successfully settled over 800 cases, and has received verdicts for $35 million and $12.3 million dollars. Throughout his career with Cooney and Conway, William has negotiated settlements or obtained verdicts in an amount totaling close to $3 billion dollars.

William’s prowess as a litigator resulted in his colleagues selecting him for membership in the Outstanding Lawyers in America, and he is considered to be one of the top 5% best lawyers in the State of Illinois. Currently, he is a member in good standing with the Illinois State Bar and has practiced in Illinois since 1980. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana.

Additionally, William has argued cases in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the First and Second District Appellate Court for the state of Illinois. He is a member in good standing with the American Association of Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Throughout his career, William has been an advocate for the expansion of victim and consumer rights.


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