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Cory Watson Adds New Associate Attorney Joel Caldwell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Joel Caldwell as an Associate Attorney to the firm. Joel Caldwell focuses his practice on mass torts litigation, motor vehicle accidents, toxic torts, personal injury, and civil litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was a four-year letterman for Commodores football. Click here to learn more about Joel Caldwell. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a national personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, 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.

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Leila Watson Named Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that firm Co-Founder Leila Watson has been named as a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. The Alabama Law Foundation established the Fellows program in 1995 to honor bar members who have made a significant contribution to their profession and their community. No more than 1 percent of bar members may become Fellows. Fellows are an exceptional group of lawyers who have demonstrated their dedication to improving their communities and state. ABOUT THE ALABAMA LAW FOUNDATION The Alabama Law Foundation’s prime objective is to make access to justice in Alabama a reality for all Alabama citizens. Through the Alabama Law Foundation, Alabama lawyers’ service and commitment to a just society are making a difference. Fellows provide leadership and support for the Alabama Foundation’s program that promotes access to justice. 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.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Adds Associates Brett Thompson and Nicolas Gutierrez

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to name Brett Thompson and Nicolas Gutierrez as firm associates. Please join us in welcoming these talented associates to the team here in our Birmingham office. Brett Thompson focuses his practice on class action, personal injury and civil litigation. He received his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Nicolas Gutierrez focuses his practice on motor vehicle litigation and serious personal injury claims. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Alabama and graduated from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. 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.

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms” List Honors Cory Watson with Tier 1 Rankings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce its inclusion in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Metropolitan Rankings Tier 1 – Birmingham: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Tier 2 – Birmingham: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs About “Best Law Firms” The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty. About U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars, and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 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.

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8 Cory Watson Principals Selected to 2017 Super Lawyers Top Listings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers. In addition, firm Co-Founder and Principal Leila Watson has been recognized as a Top 50: 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers: Elizabeth E. Chambers Jon Conlin Ernest Cory (*10 Yr.) Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. G. Rick DiGiorgio Jerome Tapley Leila H. Watson (*10 Yr.) (*10 Yr.) = Attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers for 10 consecutive years. Top 50: 2017 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers: Leila H. Watson About Super Lawyers Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process involves peer nominations, peer evaluations and independent research across 12 categories. 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.

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Cory Watson Principal Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, a leading national law firm, announced today that the firm’s Managing Shareholder and Principal, Ernest Cory has been named “Local Litigation Star” in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation. The list of “local litigation stars” for each state reflects only those individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. This is the tenth consecutive year that Mr. Cory has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation. ABOUT BENCHMARK LITIGATION Benchmark Litigation is the only attorney ranking publication in the United States to focus exclusively on litigation. The rankings are determined by a six-month research period involving extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. The annual guide identifies law firms and attorneys who display the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes in multiple jurisdictions, and are recommended within their respective business and legal communities for the quality of their work. 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.

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Cory Watson Founding Principals Named 2018 Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that Ernest Cory and Leila Watson have been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas. Lawyers with this designation are chosen based on peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this honor reflects the respect a lawyer has acquired among other leading lawyers in the same practice areas throughout the same communities. Managing Shareholder and Principal, Ernest Cory, was recognized by his peers as the 2018 Birmingham Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” In addition to receiving this honor, Mr. Cory was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for the following Plaintiffs categories: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions and Personal Injury Litigation. Co-Founder and Principal, Leila H. Watson, was recognized by her peers as the 2018 Birmingham Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”  In addition to receiving this honor, Ms. Watson was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for the following Plaintiffs categories: Product Liability Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, and Personal Injury Litigation. This is Ms. Watson’s second “Lawyer of the Year” recognition by the publication and her peers. ABOUT BEST LAWYERS Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a national personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama 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.

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Three Lawyers from Cory Watson Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is pleased to announce that Leila H. Watson, Ernest Cory, and Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Leila H. Watson was recognized in the following Plaintiffs categories: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation. This is Watson’s tenth consecutive year to be recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. Ernest Cory was recognized in the following Plaintiffs categories: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions and Personal Injury Litigation. This is Cory’s fifth consecutive year to be recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. was recognized in the following Plaintiffs category: Product Liability Litigation. This is Dellaccio’s first year to be recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. About Best Lawyers The Best Lawyers in America survey is the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded peer-review survey for the legal profession, and has assisted those in need of legal services for more than 30 years. 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.

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Nissan Hit With $25 Million Jury Verdict In Faulty Brakes Case

A jury in Los Angeles has returned a $25 million verdict for Hilario Cruz, Araceli Mendez, and Solomon Mathenge against Nissan in a lawsuit blaming faulty brakes for a car crash that killed three people. The crash that occurred at an intersection in Hollywood involved a minivan and an Infiniti QX56, manufactured by Nissan. The van driver and her two children were killed when the Infiniti slammed into their vehicle. Cory Watson attorneys F. Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, Adam W. Pittman, and Brett Turnbull represented plaintiffs in the case alongside Paul Kiesel, Steven Archer and Bryan Garcia of Kiesel Law LLP, Kirk Wolden of Carter Wolden, as well as attorneys Claudia C. Bohorquez and Vicki I. Sarmiento. “We applaud the jury for their diligence and hard work reviewing the evidence in this case.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident that could have been avoided. We hope this verdict will inspire Nissan to step up and take responsibility for the safety of their vehicles so that no one else is killed or injured because of a product defect Nissan failed to reveal and recall,” said Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley. The verdict was announced July 21, 2017, in Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County. The lawsuit charged that Nissan knew about a software problem affecting the brake operation, but failed to disclose it and recall the vehicles. The complaint charged that “Rather than disclose this critical safety defect and recall the defective vehicles as it should have done, Nissan made a conscious decision to ignore the problem at the expense of the safety of its customers, those operating the defective vehicles, and the public at large.” Nissan argued that the brakes on the QX56 are safe, and the automaker blamed the deadly crash on the driver of the QX56. The jury rejected Nissan’s argument. The driver of the Infiniti was also the target of a criminal prosecution and wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by the victims’ family, but the legal landscape changed when an investigation revealed the brake failure claim wasn’t the first involving a similar class of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. In Banks v. Nissan, Nissan settled a class action involving claims concerning the same brake defect in 2014, offering up to $800 in compensation to the owners of more than 250,000 Nissan-built Armadas, Titans and Infiniti QX56 models.  Jerome Tapley and Ryan Lutz were Class Counsel in that case. The case is Cruz v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al., case number BC493949, in the Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a national personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, 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.

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Cory Watson Attorney Lauren S. Miller Named 2017 Top Attorney “Rising Star”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham Magazine has named Lauren S. Miller of Cory Watson Attorneys to its 2017 list of Top Attorneys in the “Rising Stars” category. The annual list is compiled in a peer-review survey of Birmingham, Alabama attorneys registered with the Birmingham Bar Association. Ms. Miller focuses her practice on several areas of personal injury litigation including product liability litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. An advocate for survivors of sexual assault, Ms. Miller assists survivors of campus sexual assault, holding their assailants accountable, and where appropriate, holds accountable the colleges and universities that fail to protect the rights of those victims. Ms. Miller works closely with End Rape on Campus (EROC), a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending gender-based violence on college campuses. 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 is consistently ranked as a local and national leader in personal injury litigation, winning recognition from Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and numerous other publications.   Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently appointed to leadership positions in mass tort and class action litigation nationwide. 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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