Akira Watson is an associate attorney dedicated to advocating for his clients within the Class Action practice group of Cory Watson Attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama.
Akira was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from The University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he spent some time working in his field of study, International Relations, which took him to places as far flung as Sweden and Jordan.
While growing up, Akira was initially intimidated seeing the effort his mother, Leila Watson, put in to serve her clients and build this law firm. Although Akira deeply values his post-undergrad overseas experience, his accomplishments felt somewhat academic, and he wanted to apply his skills to improve the world and help people in a more immediate and tangible way. He decided a career in law was the best way to do this, and that the time and effort this profession requires was not something to fear but to embrace as the price for effecting change.
Akira received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was proud to compete as part of the University’s Environmental Law Moot Court team. He was also recognized as the Best Senior Editor at the Alabama Law Review.
“I get perhaps the most satisfaction from educating people about the law,” said Akira. “Justice is intuitive. The law, on the other hand, too often is not. In my opinion, the law is made overly complex and inaccessible to nonlawyers in ways that tend to favor the powerful in society. Therefore, when I can explain to a client (or anyone for that matter) how the law works, I hope that I am providing a benefit that extends beyond the case at hand.”
As an associate attorney at Cory Watson, Akira focuses his practice on product liability, consumer protection, and personal injury litigation. He knows that his clients reach out to him during the worst time of their lives, and that it is his job to help navigate their crisis. While he cannot undo a client’s serious injury, he can do the next best thing: hold those who have caused harm accountable by obtaining just compensation for the people they have injured.
Outside of work, Akira spends his free time in the great outdoors. He is an avid fly-fisherman and enjoys exploring the waterways and landscapes of Alabama. He also loves animals and has several fish, nano shrimp, and a 20 year-old cockatiel named Phoenix.
- Alabama State Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
HONORS, AWARDS, & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Alabama Law Review, Best Senior Editor
- The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch©, 2023
- Mid-South Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2022
- American Association for Justice, Civil Rights Section
- Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
- University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.
- University of St. Andrews, B.A., International Relations