Our three firms are proud to have the IAFF recommending our legal services to its members hurt by exposure to toxic levels of PFAS.
Our three litigation firms have decades of experience in representing fire fighters and other hardworking people. After we responded to the IAFF’s call for proposals, the IAFF chose to recommend us based on our expressed commitment to serving fire fighters and their families, available resources, decades of related experience, and ability to handle litigation at this level.
Motley Rice and Simmons Hanly Conroy are two of the largest law firms in the U.S. representing plaintiffs against large corporations, and Sullivan Papain has decades of experience representing fire fighters.
“The health and safety of our members is non-negotiable, period. If manufacturers or regulatory groups refuse to acknowledge and work to remove these toxic chemicals from the protective gear fire fighters wear, our members have no other viable remedies than to challenge these practices in court. We will take this battle wherever we need to.”
– IAFF General President Edward A. Kelly
Motley Rice is one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms. Rooted in protecting worker’s rights and fighting for occupational safety and health, the firm and its attorneys have represented fire fighters in matters related to asbestos exposures, wrongful death, personal injury, pension fund securities fraud, data privacy and Sept. 11, 2001. Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, SC, they were involved with the investigations and led litigation efforts after the tragic events at the Sofa Super Store fire on June 18, 2007.
Their lawyers are known for their experience against asbestos companies, the tobacco industry, September 11, 2001 financiers, and the entire opioid supply chain. Today, the firm litigates complex cases for individuals, families, workers, communities, governmental entities, and investors in a variety of areas, including representing plaintiffs in class actions and individual lawsuits that allege contamination caused by PFAS as well as litigation involving other toxic torts, environmental contamination, securities fraud, mesothelioma, workplace injuries and wrongful death.
Anne McGinness Kearse, Executive Committee Member Attorney (licensed in DC, SC, WV)
Joe Rice, Co-founding Managing Member Attorney (licensed in DC, SC)
David Hoyle, Member Attorney (licensed in DC, FL, GA, SC)
Esther Berezofsky, Member Attorney (licensed in NJ, PA)
Motley Rice LLC, a South Carolina Limited Liability Company, is engaged in the New Jersey practice of law through Motley Rice New Jersey LLC. Esther Berezofsky is the attorney responsible for New Jersey practice. Motley Rice attorneys are not admitted to practice in Canada.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is veteran-owned and one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancers. Headquartered in the Midwest with nearly 250 employees, including 80 attorneys practicing nationwide, Simmons Hanly Conroy is committed to holding corporations responsible for wrongdoing.
The firm has represented thousands of patients and families across the country. Additional areas of litigation include prescription opioids, environmental contamination, pharmaceutical and medical devices, sexual abuse, consumer protection and personal injury.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to have served as legal representative of several thousand victims and families impacted by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Daniel P. Blouin, Partner (licensed in LA, NY, PA)
Jayne Conroy, Named Partner (licensed in DC, MA, NY)
Laurence V. Nassif, Managing Partner (licensed in NJ, NY, PA)
Justin Presnal, Partner (licensed in TX)
Fire fighters and first responders put their lives on the line to keep communities safe. Now, IAFF members have IAFF-recommended firms who can fight for them if injured by PFAS.
Together, the PFAS Law Firms will work to hold the corporations that manufacture dangerous PFAS products and others accountable — and push them to create safe alternatives.
Let’s work together to extinguish cancer in the fire service.
Official IAFF Legal Team
The IAFF has selected our three nationally recognized law firms to help them address PFAS matters and to be available to be retained by members if they have become sick due to exposure to toxic levels of PFAS.