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Ernest Cory

Class action Attorney at Birmingham, AL

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also known as Ernie Cory

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Ernest

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Ernest “Ernie” Cory has practiced law for more than 35 years with a focus on dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, products liability, mass torts and class actions. He has represented clients across the U.S. and in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Ernie is nationally recognized for his ability to level the playing field against corporate America, and is frequently appointed as lead counsel and to other leadership positions in high-profile complex litigation, mass torts, and class actions.

A founding principal of Cory Watson, Ernie’s legal roots are local; he tried his first jury trial just 11 months after becoming an attorney in Gadsden, Alabama and over his career has helped thousands of people across the state. Ernie realized early that it was essential to establish client trust, and that successful results require hard work. Every client mattered. This commitment to service and unwavering integrity provided the foundation for the firm he founded more than two decades ago, and those values serve as guiding principles for Cory Watson Attorneys today.

He’s proud to have helped assemble a legal team that has served more than 150,000 families and recovered more than $2.7 billion in settlements and verdicts. According to Ernie, “We know corporations and insurance firms are going to hire the best lawyers they can afford. I have made it my goal for 35 years to be the best, to hire the best, and to never back down from a fight. Our clients deserve nothing less.”

Ernie grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Vestavia Hills High School. He went on to study at the University of Alabama, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Ernie feels it is important to give back to the community and profession that have provided him with so many opportunities, and he serves in a number of philanthropic and leadership positions within the bar and legal profession.

Ernie is an avid Alabama football fan and on Saturdays in the fall, he can generally be found in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Ernie is an active member of Church of the Highlands where he and his wife, Vivian, lead a weekly small group. They enjoy supporting local causes serving children and supporting education. Ernie spends his free time with his family, in his gardens and traveling.

Location

Cory Watson Attorneys
2131 Magnolia Avenue South
Birmingham, AL, 35205

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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson & Cory
  • 1985 - 1995

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Alabama
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092
  • In litigation

Associations

  • Top American Lawyers
  • Lifetime Charter Member
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  • American Law Society
  • Member
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  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Sustaining Member
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  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Member of Aviation Section
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  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Product Liability Section
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  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Board of Directors
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  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Committee
  • N/A
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Development Committee
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  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
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  • Cumberland School of Law
  • Advisory Board
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mass Tort /Class Actions "Lawyer of the Year" Birmingham, Al
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury LItigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawfirms
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • SuperLawyer- Alabama
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Top 50 Alabama Attorneys
  • SuperLawyers
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  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers in America
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  • Local Litigatoin Stars
  • Benchmark Litigation
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  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
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  • Top 10
  • Business Tort Trial Lawyers
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  • Top 25
  • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
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  • Recipient
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ernest. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Class action Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ernie for more than 10 years and know him to be a tireless worker with a passion for helping his injured clients. We have worked together on many cases and I highly respect his abilities. I recommend him as an attorney."
Class action Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"Ernest Cory is a charismatic and competent attorney who is very well versed in the area of Class Action Law. He is also a managing partner of an efficient and adept full-service law firm in Birmingham. I fully endorse Attorney Cory and his firm."
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Birmingham Class action Lawyer Ernest Cory
Ernest Cory
Class action Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 42 years