Meet Our Attorneys

Kristian Rasmussen


Co-Chair, Drug & Medical Device Litigation Practice

T: (205) 271-7111

F: (205) 324-7896


Ashley Brainard

T: (205) 271-7159

Kristian Rasmussen’s reason for becoming a lawyer is simple: he has a passion for helping people. Kristian began his legal career as a Judge Advocate General officer in the U.S. Navy. His time serving as a JAG officer affirmed his belief that as a lawyer he could truly help people.

Kristian has practiced law since 1999, and has been at Cory Watson Attorneys since 2007. He sees the law as the great equalizer for honest, ordinary people who have been injured by the actions of large corporations. Kristian is keenly focused on his clients, taking his work personally as he strives to represent each client as he would represent one of his own family members. As co-chair of the firm's mass tort litigation group, his practice specializes in representing those who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices.

His accomplishments have earned Kristian a reputation as a skilled legal advocate who practices with the highest degree of integrity. Early in his career, Kristian was appointed by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle at age 28 to be co-lead trial counsel in a large multistate consumer class action. That same year, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer appointed Kristian to help lead a large multidistrict litigation helping thousands of individuals from across the country.

Kristian has won multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for his clients and is often sought after by his peers to lecture on various litigation topics. He is a trusted legal resource who has been interviewed by many national and local news media organizations.

While Kristian’s courtroom experience is impressive, he makes time for fun outside of work. With three kids and two dogs, his home life is just as busy as his work life. During the school year, you’ll find him on the sidelines coaching one of the teams for his kids’ sporting events. They also enjoy hiking, hunting, and trips to the beach.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Foreign Legal Consultant

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Foreign Legal Consultant

Representative Cases

  • MDL 2734, In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation, Co-Lead Counsel
  • MDL No. 2691, In Re: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
  • MDL No. 2092, In ReChantix (varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • MDL No. 1699, In ReBextra and Celebrex Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, 391 F.Supp.2d 1377 Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Co-Chair Discovery Committee
  • MDL No. 1632, In ReHigh Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, 344 F.Supp.2d 755 – Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • MDL No. 2428, In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • Paramore v. State Farm Automobile Ins. Co., No. 1D07-3781; Affirmed, June 27, 2008; Fla. 1st DCA, No. 1D07-4930
  • United States of America v. Hammond, 371 F.3d 776 (11th Cir. 2000)

Honors, Awards & Accomplishments

  • The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Award
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida
  • United States Navy, Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • American Law Society, Member

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association
  • First Judicial Circuit Trial Lawyers Association


  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D.
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, B.A.
  • United States Naval War College


  • Chantix: The Next Mass Tort. AAJ, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts; Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2008
  • Farm Bill Opens Door for Disadvantaged Farmers. AAJ, Civil Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008
  • Bextra – No Different Than Vioxx ATLA, Section on Toxic & Environmental Torts, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2005

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