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Ernest Cory

Ernest Cory

Principal and Managing Shareholder at Cory Watson Attorneys
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury, Asbestos & Mesothelioma ...
  • Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee
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Ernest “Ernie” Cory has practiced law for more than 40 years with a focus on dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, product liability, mass torts, and class actions. He has represented clients across the U.S., as well as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Ernie is nationally recognized for his ability to level the playing field against corporate America. He is frequently appointed as lead counsel and to other leadership positions in high-profile complex litigation, mass torts, and class actions.

As 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 he has helped thousands of people across the state over his career.

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 $3 billion in settlements and verdicts.

“We know corporations and insurance firms are going to hire the best lawyers they can afford. I have made it my goal for 40 years to be the best, to hire the best, and to never back down from a fight. Our clients deserve nothing less,” said Ernie.

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.

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Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
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Professional Experience
Principal Attorney and Managing Shareholder
Cory Watson, P.C.
Best Lawyers in America
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Mid-South Super Lawyer
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Top 50 Alabama Attorneys
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Local Litigation Stars
Benchmark Litigation
TopFlight Attorneys and Hall of Fame Honoree
B-Metro Magazine
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions “Lawyer of the Year” in Birmingham
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Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
America's Top 100 Attorneys
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The National Trial Lawyers
Top 25
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Top 10
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AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Top Birmingham Attorneys
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Top 100 Lawyers
The American Trial Lawyers Association
Lifetime Achievement Member
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Lifetime Charter Member
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Professional Associations
American Association for Justice-Sustaining
Member of Aviation Section and Product Liability Section
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Charter Member of the Pioneers of Justice Society
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Birmingham Bar Association
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Cumberland School of Law
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Rhode Island
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Practice Areas
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Environmental Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Class Actions
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
Cory Watson Attorneys
2131 Magnolia Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
Toll-Free: (877) 562-0000
Telephone: (205) 328-7000
Fax: (205) 324-7896