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Cory Watson Cares: Alabama Legal Food Frenzy

Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to participate in the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy. Did you know? More than 1.8 million Alabamians need food assistance. More than one in four children in Alabama come from families that experience food hardships. Alabama’s eight regional food banks distributed more than 50 million pounds of food last year through their network of more than 1,500 partner agencies and pantries, and the need continues to grow. Food donations are typically slow in late spring and early summer as families focus on end-of-school activities and summer vacations. However, food banks and their agencies see the demand for food increase during this time as the 390,000 children who depend on access to school meals are home for the summer. Only 15% of children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year have access to summer meal programs. That’s where the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy comes in. In response to these challenges, the Alabama State Bar, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Alabama Food Bank Association have joined forces to create a friendly food and fund drive competition among Alabama lawyers, law firms, law schools, and legal organizations to support the Feeding America food banks in Alabama. We value excellence in all that we do, and it was an outstanding effort from the Cory Watson attorneys and staff for their generosity and participation throughout this food drive. Cory Watson Attorneys joined together to help end child hunger and donated hundreds of canned food items to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Way to serve the hungry, Team Cory Watson! For more information about The Alabama Legal Food Frenzy, please visit their website. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Actions, Asbestos, Business Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. To learn more, visit CoryWatson.com.

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Cory Watson Attorney Joins Board of Local Children’s Village

Cory Watson attorney Joel Caldwell has joined the junior board of directors for Children’s Village, a nonprofit organization that serves as a home and safe haven for Birmingham children in foster care. Caldwell says he always knew that he was going to be involved with Children’s Village one day. “While volunteering there as a computer tutor, I saw first-hand the great need for compassionate and individualized children’s care, especially for those in the foster system,” Caldwell said. “I was also inspired by this verse from James 1:27: ‘Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.’” A HOME AND SAFE HAVEN FOR CHILDREN Children’s Village has provided shelter, food, and clothing to Alabama’s abandoned, abused and neglected children for 50 years. They are located in the southwestern area of Birmingham, Alabama, and presently have two houses in which to house ten boys and eight girls from ages 6-18. They are the only facility in Jefferson County that can accept male and female siblings, keeping sibling groups together. “I reached out to the executive director, Sharon Bolden, and asked how I could be involved,” Caldwell said. “Children’s Village has served so many through their innovative programs, and I am excited about joining the junior board to continue that great work in helping foster children in Birmingham.” ABOUT ATTORNEY JOEL CALDWELL Joel Caldwell is actively involved in the community, serving as a representative for the Alabama Lawyers Association and as a board member for the Middle District Alabama Federal Bar Association. He is also an active member of Canaan Baptist Church in Bessemer, Alabama. Caldwell studied law at the University of Alabama and received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Caldwell has always been motivated by the fact that, as a lawyer, he is dealing with someone during a tough time in their life, and he has the opportunity to serve and bring results that make a direct and positive impact. His desire for justice and drive to help people in need continues to characterize his practice in mass torts, civil litigation and personal injury at Cory Watson Attorneys. ABOUT CHILDREN’S VILLAGE Children’s Village, Inc. provides a home that allows their children to grow and develop in all areas of their lives. They provide a “family unit” for children that have been orphaned, abused, neglected or have broken family relationships. This is accomplished by providing them with unconditional love, a spiritual foundation, and positive parental guidance. Children’s Village also provides educational and enrichment programs, and they encourage positive social relationships and community activities. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a national personal injury law firm with more than 3 Billion in recoveries for clients. Attorneys are frequently appointed to leadership positions in national cases involving pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices. Practice areas include product liability, class actions, mass torts, pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, asbestos, mesothelioma, car accidents, truck accidents, catastrophic injury, aviation, recalled products, and environmental litigation. Cory Watson Attorneys is based in Birmingham, Alabama. To learn more, visit www.corywatson.com.

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Cory Watson Cares: BHM 26.2 Race

Cory Watson Attorneys was proud to sponsor the BHM 26.2 race series on April 15, 2018. The race comprised of a full marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K and fun run, including a marathon course with no repeats or loops. The best part? All proceeds from the race benefitted Magic Moments, the only wish-granting organization devoted exclusively to children in Alabama with chronic life-threatening illnesses, and the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. The full marathon course kicked off at Railroad Park and showcased Birmingham’s growth and cityscape, taking runners on a tour through the traditions the Magic City is known for: Children’s of Alabama, Vulcan Park and Museum, The Birmingham Zoo, Avondale, Sloss Furnace, Legion Field, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama Theatre, and then winding back into Railroad Park. The half marathon took place entirely downtown where runners saw Birmingham’s history and growth first hand as they ran by the Lyric Theater, The Pizitz Building, and the Rotary Trail. We are honored to run for the children who are chasing a cure! Congratulations to all the BHM 26.2 finishers, and a special shout-out to Beth and Rayna for representing Team Cory Watson so well. We are so proud of you two! To donate and learn more about the race, visit bham262.com.

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Cory Watson Cares: Children’s of AL Sugar Plum Shop

For some children, this year’s holiday season will be spent in a hospital bed. Whether due to long-term sickness or an ill-timed injury, these kids and their families won’t get to enjoy the holidays in their own homes. To ward off any Christmas blues, the staff and volunteers at Children’s of Alabama set up an in-hospital toy shop to make sure Christmas still feels special for their patients. MAKING CHRISTMAS BRIGHT Walking into the Sugar Plum Shop at Children’s of Alabama is a dream come true for many parents of sick children admitted to the hospital near Christmas. Toys are stacked floor to ceiling, giving parents the opportunity to “shop” for their hospitalized children and siblings. They have thousands of toys to choose from – and best of all, it’s free! It’s a big help to the parents who might not have the resources to purchase their presents outside of the hospital while caring for a sick child. As a local law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, Cory Watson Attorneys is always looking for ways in which we can give back to our community. We are proud to serve as a corporate sponsor of the Sugar Plum Shop and fully support their mission of helping those who are facing tough times during the holidays. CORY WATSON CARES This year, Cory Watson is thrilled to donate 200 children’s bicycle helmets to the Sugar Plum Shop. This incredible organization has served as a source of delight for hundreds of patients and their parents. We were happy to show our support and drop off the donation directly to their hard-working staff. Considering the cost of treatment, along with the extra stress and time it takes to care for a hospitalized child, it’s difficult for parents to give their kids the kind of Christmas they’d like to. But thanks to the Sugar Plum Shop, Children’s of Alabama can feel a little more like home. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are personally committed to giving back to the community. Cory Watson Cares is our community outreach initiative; we partner with local nonprofit organizations to expand educational opportunities, improve the community, and help people lead healthier, safer, and happier lives.

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Cory Watson Cares: Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure 2017

Since 1998, Cory Watson Attorneys has had the honor of sponsoring Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. Breast cancer awareness is a cause incredibly near and dear to our hearts. To us, this event is much more than a fun Saturday activity with our co-workers. It’s a day where Cory Watson Attorneys can support and promote a wonderful cause that does so much for women nationwide. This year’s 5K race was held at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham. Our water station at the Cory Watson headquarters had a team of 74 attorneys and staff cheering on the racers as they passed through 22nd Street South. Survivors and their families took a few minutes to catch their breath, pose for pictures and share their stories with us. Committed to Finding A Cure Cory Watson Attorneys has been a major sponsor of Race for the Cure for more than a decade. This is part of the firm’s commitment to breast cancer research, awareness and women’s health. Our sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure provides the support necessary to fund breast cancer and community education, as well as screening and treatment initiatives throughout local service areas to help those in need. We do this because we care. The law firm has a legacy of advocating for women in the courts. Cory Watson has been on the front lines, representing women nationwide in high profile litigation involving recalled and defective medical devices including breast implants, dangerous birth control devices and drugs, transvaginal mesh and much more. Cory Watson Cares As a proud sponsor of Race for a Cure, this event goes beyond Saturday. Our attorneys and staff work year-round on Cory Watson Cares programs. Click here to read more about our ongoing commitment to women’s health and history supporting breast cancer survivors.

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Cory Watson Cares: Finding a Cure for Breast Cancer

In 1998, when Ernie Cory settled all of our breast implant clients’ cases, we wanted to do something to recognize and honor our clients. Many of the ladies we represented were breast cancer survivors, so we chose the Susan G. Komen Foundation to be the beneficiary of our goodwill and financial support. Ernie served on the board of directors for a few years, and I became the lawyer for the association, and continue in that position. We have sponsored the Race for 15 years now, and are proud to sponsor again this year. A lot happens in 15 years. We have had several employees diagnosed with breast cancer in 15 years. We have had both family and clients diagnosed. We have also developed a close tie with the UAB Breast Cancer Center, which receives grant money from the North Alabama Komen Association. Over 75% of the money raised stays in North Alabama and is used directly for medical research and mammograms. Our good friend Dr. Forero, oncologist extraordinaire at the UAB Breast Cancer Center, knows Cory Watson Attorneys well. The Komen Race for the Cure is a big deal to members of the Cory Watson family like Vicki and Felicia who wear their pink “Survivor” shirts. The Race is also a big deal for Cory Watson Attorneys – statistically, 1 out of 8 women will still get diagnosed in their lifetime. We need to find the cure, so sign up and come to the Race. You’ll find the Cory Watson Attorneys tent near the courthouse steps. We look forward to connecting with the clients we see year after year and making some new friends as well. Join us as we race for the cure. – Leila Watson About Cory Watson Cares At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are personally committed to giving back. Through our community outreach initiative, Cory Watson Cares, we partner with local nonprofit organizations to expand educational opportunities, improve our community, and help people lead healthier, safer, and happier lives. To learn more, visit CoryWatsonCares.com.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Provides Helmets for Kids at Tempo Festival

Cory Watson  was pleased to provide more than 200 Birmingham area children with  shiny new bicycle helmets at the Tempo Family Fun Festival April 11th.  The free public event, presented at Crestwood Park by Childcare Resources, included  a drum circle,  a Zumba exhibition,  healthy lifestyle choices, a bicycle rodeo and other cycling activities. Cory Watson attorneys and staff fitted children with new bike helmets and provided cycling safety tips along with coloring books and other giveaways. “We are thrilled to support this annual festival and we enjoy the opportunity to help families explore cycling and other outdoor activities that can be part of a healthy lifestyle” said  attorney Leila Watson,  co-founder of the law firm. Watson points out that wearing a helmet has long been recognized as the single most important safety precaution a bicycle rider can take. Cory Watson created the Helmets for Kids program to encourage children to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. The firm provides free bicycle helmets for children, along with age appropriate booklets encouraging bicycle safety and accident prevention. The Helmets for Kids program is part of the firm’s Cory Watson Cares initiative. Through Cory Watson Cares, the firm partners with local non-profit organizations that expand educational opportunities, raise awareness of injury prevention, improve the community and help people live healthier, safer and happier lives.

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Cory Watson Continues the Battle Against Breast Cancer at Komen Race 2014

Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to have sponsored the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure again this year to help the fight against breast cancer. The law firm was a Gold-Level sponsor and handed out delicious GiGi’s Cupcakes to all who stopped by the tent to visit. Cory Watson Attorneys has long been a sponsor of this life-saving event that raises money for breast cancer treatment and research. Nearly 12,000 joined hands to support the North Central Alabama chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the annual fundraising walk and run. With all of your help, the Komen Foundation raised nearly $1 million dollars! Cory Watson Attorneys won the Largest Team Award for 2014. “I have represented hundreds of ladies with breast cancer. My wish for my clients would be that every last one of them could be in the Survivor’s Parade,” said Co-founder Leila Watson. “Seeing over 1,000 survivors walking together (and the number grows every year!) is what gives me hope that breast cancer will be cured. That is why Cory Watson Attorneys is at the Race every year.” Be sure to visit and like our Facebook page. If you see yourself or anyone you know personally in any of our Komen photos, please tag yourself and share the photos with your friends and family.

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Cory Watson Cares Sponsors Bike Rodeo

Cory Watson Attorneys teamed with  Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Bici Coop to produce a Bike Rodeo that included a bicycle helmet giveaway plus bike safety and maintenance tips as a part of the Helmets for Kids program. In addition to free bicycle helmets, the event included bike and scooter giveaways and bike-riding stations. Despite the early onset of rainy weather, skies cleared and the Bike Rodeo was a big success!  Special thanks to all those who came out to help and to WBRC TV Fox 6 for coming out to cover the story. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page. The Helmets for Kids program is part of the firm’s Cory Watson Cares community service initiative. For more information about Helmets for Kids, call (205) 328-2200.  

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Cordova Elementary Reaches Goal of a Helmet for Every Child with Donation from Cory Watson Attorneys

Cory Watson Attorneys launched Helmets for Kids to encourage children to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. We provide free bicycle helmets for children, along with age-appropriate booklets encouraging bicycle safety and accident prevention. Cory Watson Attorneys teamed with Children’s of Alabama, Childcare Resources, United Way of Central Alabama and other organizations to distribute more than 2,000 bicycle helmets to children who need them. This June, Cory Watson Attorneys took its Helmets for Kids safety program to Cordova Elementary School in recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The firm donated fifty bicycle helmets to Cordova Elementary School for the school’s helmet drive, and when the attorneys learned the school was still short of their goal, the firm presented the school principal with a check for $1,000 to complete their helmet drive. See how the helmets will benefit the school in the videos below:    

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