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Best Lawyers in America Names Cory Watson Attorneys to 2017 Edition

Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America has recognized both of our founding Principals Ernest Cory and Leila Watson to their 2017 edition. Founder and Managing Shareholder Ernest Cory is recognized for his work in Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs. Co-founder and principal attorney Leila H. Watson is recognized for her work in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions– Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation- Plaintiffs. Congratulations to both of our founders! ABOUT BEST LAWYERS Best Lawyers in America lists are based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising nearly five million confidential evaluations from the top attorneys in the country. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions, pharmaceutical drug litigation, defective medical device litigation, product liability litigation, business and securities litigation, environmental litigation, multidistrict litigation, and mass torts. The law firm has an extensive practice in individual personal injury and wrongful death cases.

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BHM BIZ MagazineNames 5 Cory Watson Attorneys to Top Lawyers List

Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that five Cory Watson attorneys have been named 2016 Top Lawyers by BHM BIZ Metro Birmingham Business magazine. Those on the list include Cory Watson principals Ernest Cory, Leila Watson, Doug Dellaccio, F. Jerome Tapley and Beth Chambers. Each year, BHM BIZ Metro Birmingham Business magazine publishes the annual 2016 Top Lawyers special section– a feature that highlights the top leaders in the Magic City’s legal world. Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates all of the attorneys named to the list. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, product liability, sexual assault, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

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Cory Watson Principal Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. Appointed to Board of Alabama Association for Justice

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Principal Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Alabama Association for Justice. For more than 20 years, Doug has helped everyday people level the playing field against insurance companies, businesses, and major corporations. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers for the past three years and has been named to Top Birmingham Attorneys, and is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to serving the AAJ, Doug serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and as a member of the Early Warning Panel for the City of Mountain Brook school system. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation focused on pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, product liability, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death. ABOUT THE ALABAMA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE The Mission of the Alabama Association for Justice is to make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful special interests; to eliminate civil justice restrictions; to ensure members have the tools needed to provide a level playing field through timely ethical and educational programs; to strengthen the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice and wrongdoers can be held accountable; to strive for equality in the one room where individuals and powerful interests are held accountable – the American Courtroom.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Named 2016 “Top Litigation Firm” by the Birmingham Business Journal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham Business Journal has named Cory Watson Attorneys a “Top Litigation Firm” for 2016. In an article accompanying the Top Litigation Firms announcement, the BBJ asked leading Birmingham attorneys to share industry insights on some of the common misconceptions their clients have when pursuing litigation. The BBJ featured Cory Watson Attorney Jon C. Conlin’s response: “Many potential plaintiffs delay getting a lawyer because they think it will cost them money or make the process longer. This is a huge mistake, and it is important for prospective plaintiffs to act quickly in order to preserve evidence.” About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions, pharmaceutical drug litigation, defective medical device litigation, product liability litigation, business and securities litigation, environmental litigation, multidistrict litigation, and mass torts. With one of the largest personal injury law practices in the state of Alabama, Cory Watson Attorneys represent clients injured or killed in car accidents. The law firm has an extensive practice in individual personal injury and wrongful death cases involving motor vehicle accidents. Cory Watson Attorneys was the first Alabama law firm to establish a mass torts division devoted solely to representing multiple clients injured by manufacturers of harmful medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. Our law firm has also pursued claims on behalf of those injured by environmental toxins. Our attorneys are frequently appointed to serve as Lead Counsel, Class Counsel, and other leadership roles in multi-district litigation (MDLs) and class actions.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Announces New Principal, Adds Two New Associates

Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, has named Hirlye R. “ Ryan” Lutz III a Principal of the firm. Mr. Lutz is co-chairman of the firm’s Class Action litigation team focusing his practice on consumer protection and product liablity litigation. Ryan Lutz joined Cory Watson Attorneys in 2006. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and has been named to Top Birmingham Attorneys. Mr. Lutz is a graduate of Auburn University and received his law degree at Cumberland School of Law. Cory Watson Attorneys is also proud to welcome two new associate attorneys to the firm, Lauren Miller and Curt Tanner. Lauren Sanderson Miller has joined Cory Watson Attorneys as an Associate. Mrs. Miller focuses her practice on complex mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices, product liability and representing survivors of sexual assault or abuse. Mrs. Miller received her J.D. at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. J. Curt Tanner has been named an Associate of Cory Watson Attorneys. Mr. Tanner focuses his practice on personal injury litigation including motor vehicle accidents, mass tort litigation involving prescription drugs and defective medical devices and multidistrict litigation. Mr. Tanner is a graduate of Auburn University. He received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, product liability, sexual abuse, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

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10 Cory Watson Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers 2015 Edition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce the selection of 10 of the firm’s lawyers to the 2015 Mid-South edition of Super Lawyers. The attorneys were added to the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers list, in the following categories: Ernest Cory – Class Action/Mass Torts Leila H. Watson – Class Action/Mass Torts G. Rick DiGiorgio – Personal Injury General: Plaintiff Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. – Personal Injury General: Plaintiff Kristian Rasmussen – Class Action F. Jerome Tapley – Class Action/ Mass Torts Jon C. Conlin – Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff Elizabeth Ellis Chambers – Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff Hirlye R. “Ryan” Lutz, III – Rising Stars, Class Action/ Mass Torts Stephen R. Hunt, Jr. – Rising Stars, Class Action/ Mass Torts In addition, Leila H. Watson was listed among the Top 25 Female Attorneys in the state of Alabama. About Cory Watson Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas including class actions, pharmaceutical drug injuries, defective medical device injuries, product liability, consumer fraud litigation, environmental litigation, mass torts, Legionnaire’s disease, asbestos, and mesothelioma. About Super Lawyers Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

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Attorney Ernest Cory Featured in National Forum on Drug Injury Law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys founding Principal Ernest Cory will address attorneys from across the nation at the annual Mass Torts Made Perfect conference on April 21, 2016. More than 800 plaintiff attorneys are expected to attend the Las Vegas forum focused on mass torts and multidistrict litigation concerning prescription drugs and defective medical devices linked to patient injuries and deaths. Cory serves as a panelist in a session on the drug Abilify, which is prescribed to treat mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome, and schizophrenia. Scientific studies have linked Abilify to potentially devastating side effects including compulsive gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive spending, and overeating. The Cory Watson Attorneys litigation team represents Abilify patients from across the U.S.  Plaintiffs contend Abilify maker Bristol-Myers Squibb failed to warn Abilify users of the link between the drug and the increased risk of developing compulsive behaviors. Ernest Cory is a founding Principal of Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Cory has practiced law for more than thirty years and has devoted his practice almost exclusively to mass torts, class actions and complex litigation involving defective medical devices, drugs, and environmental toxins. He is recognized nationally for his role in landmark pharmaceutical and defective medical device litigation, including silicone breast implants and diet drug litigation. Mr. Cory has been appointed to serve as Lead Counsel and to chair numerous Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in high profile multidistrict litigation. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, product liability, sexual abuse, catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

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Cory Watson Announces New Principal Attorney Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz III

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Cory Watson Attorneys has named Hirlye R. “Ryan” Lutz III a Principal of the firm. Mr. Lutz is co-chairman of the firm’s Class Action litigation team focusing his practice on consumer protection and privacy litigation, as well as product liability litigation involving defective consumer products, defective pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical devices, and personal injury. Raised in Birmingham, he is a graduate of Auburn University and received his law degree at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Since joining Cory Watson Attorneys as an associate in 2006, he has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and has been named to Top Birmingham Attorneys. He has served as Co-Lead Class Counsel for numerous certified nationwide consumer fraud class actions against large corporations in jurisdictions across the country, and served leading roles for the firm in Multi-District Litigation involving medical devices and pharmaceutical products. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama and recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. The firm has an extensive practice in environmental law and individual personal injury cases including those involving automobile accidents, product liability, sexual abuse, catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

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Leila H. Watson Elected 2016 President- Elect of Birmingham Bar Association

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys Founding Principal Leila H. Watson has been elected 2016 President-Elect of the Birmingham Bar Association. Ms. Watson has practiced law for 31 years and has served the Bar Association and Birmingham Bar Foundation in various capacities. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Bar and its mission of promoting justice and public service,” said Ms. Watson. Ms. Watson has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers- Top 50 Alabama Attorneys and Top 25 Women Attorneys in Alabama, was named to Top Women of Birmingham by the Birmingham Business Journal, and recognized as one of B-Metro’s Women to Watch. She was recognized as a Champion of Justice by the Alabama Association for Justice. She is an appointed member of the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama law firm recognized nationally for its practice in complex litigation including multidistrict litigation, class actions, product liability, business and securities litigation, environmental litigation and mass torts litigation of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. Cory Watson has an extensive practice in consumer litigation, personal injury law, and wrongful death cases. About the Birmingham Bar Association The Birmingham Bar Association works to support its members in their practices, and to promote justice and public service. It accomplishes these goals by furthering the legal education of its members, promoting needed reform in the law, facilitating access to justice, and encouraging camaraderie, integrity, and a spirit of courtesy and goodwill among its membership. Membership is open to all licensed lawyers, and voting membership is available to all practicing lawyers in the metropolitan Birmingham area, including Jefferson County and its contiguous counties.  Founded in 1885, the Birmingham Bar is one of the oldest local bar associations in the United States, with approximately 4,000 members.

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