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I am a founding Shareholder of Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris in Birmingham, Alabama. Our firm has recovered more than $1.25 billion on behalf of our clients worldwide.  


 I have practiced law for more than thirty years and focus on mass torts, class actions and complex litigation involving defective medical devices, drugs and environmental toxins.  I have served as Lead Counsel and chaired numerous Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in high profile multidistrict litigation including: Lead Counsel and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee In Re:  Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092; Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, InRE: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 1928; Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Co-Chair for Discovery Committee, InRe: Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation, MDL No.1785; Co-Lead Counsel, InRe: Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Product Liability Litigation, MDL No.1842; Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, InRe: General Motors Corporation Dex-Cool Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1562; Lead Counsel and Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, InRe: ProteGen Sling and Vesica Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1387.


Cory Watson attorneys have participated in litigation involving more than one hundred different medical devices and drugs including transvaginal mesh, DePuy, Vioxx, Baycol, Prempro, Medtronic, Guidant, Ortho-Evra, Fosamax, Mirena, Yaz and others. In the environmental area, we have represented thousands of clients injured by PCBs, C-8, MTBE and other toxins and pollutants nationwide.


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Practice areas


  1. Mesothelioma: 20%
  2. Investment Fraud: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Defective Products: 20%
  5. Class Action: 20%



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    Ernie and I were in law school together, so in the intervening 30 years or so, I have seen him in action. He is a very thorough lawyer, detail-oriented and on top of his cases. His integrity is impeccable and he is an excellent businessperson as well. You can't go wrong in hiring Ernie or his firm.


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Cory Watson Attorneys

2131 Magnolia Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205


ALAuthorized to practice law198107/19/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawfirmsBest Lawyers in America2012
SuperLawyer- AlabamaSuperLawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJohnson & Cory1985 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092In litigation
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawN/AN/AN/A