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Twenty Cory Watson Attorneys Recognized by 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that 20 of the firm’s attorneys were recognized for their legal excellence in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.® BEST LAWYERS 2022 The eight attorneys named as the 2022 Best Lawyers in Birmingham include: Ernest Cory, Co-Founder & Managing Shareholder Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Leila H. Watson, Firm Co-Founder & Principal Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr., Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Elizabeth E. Chambers, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Rick DiGiorgio, Principal Attorney Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Jerome Tapley, Principal Attorney Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Stephen Hunt, Jr., Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs BEST LAWYERS: ONES TO WATCH 2022 Twelve of our firm’s talented attorneys received 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition. The “Ones to Watch” category honors attorneys who are typically five to nine years into their careers and have demonstrated “outstanding professional excellence in private practice.” Joel Caldwell, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Andrew S. Herring, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Nina Towle Herring, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Lauren S. Miller, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Mitchell Theodore, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Tiffany Webber Carpenter, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Hannah Cory, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Nicolas Gutierrez, Attorney Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs R. Andrew Jones, Attorney Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Hamilton Jordan, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Brett Thompson, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Taylor Pruett, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, the team at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this outstanding group of lawyers for their achievement and well-deserved recognition. ABOUT BEST LAWYERS® Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” To learn more, visit BestLawyers.com. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts

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Cory Watson Attorneys Reaches $3 Billion in Recoveries for Injured Clients

In 1984, attorneys Ernest Cory and Leila Watson began practicing law together. In 1995, they founded a law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, with a simple goal – to help people injured by wrongful conduct. They built their practice to be a safe harbor for those who need help, and did what many lawyers refused to do – take on powerful corporate interests who place profits before people. They knew they would be fighting big insurance companies. They knew they would be going up against global corporations. They knew it wouldn’t be easy. But they didn’t back down. They took them on and they won. Over and over again. As a result of this perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of $3 Billion in groundbreaking multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, as well as helping improve the safety of products for consumers worldwide. A few of these notable verdicts and settlements include: $670 Million Toxic Chemical C-8 Cancer Verdict $50 Million Verdict Against DuPont in PFOA Cancer Case $25 Million Verdict Against Nissan in Auto Defect Product Liability Case $10 Million Verdict in Hit-and-Run Wrongful Death Case $9 Million Verdict in Lee County, AL Medical Malpractice Case These wins represent so much more than just a dollar amount. They represent the wellbeing of our cli­ents, which is something we take deep pride in protecting. As one of only a handful of U.S. law firms to reach this milestone, Cory Watson is proud to have cultivated a national reputation for serving injury victims across the country in cases involving: Motor vehicle wrecks Dangerous drugs Medical malpractice Defective medical devices Asbestos and mesothelioma Class action lawsuits Product liability Environmental injury Wrongful death Personal injury Our firm’s case success is largely based on our commitment to providing the most determined, compassionate representation. We strive to provide the highest level of service and a renewed sense of hope to our clients because we genuinely care about each and every one of them and their families. This is possible because of the hard work of the hundreds of dedicated employees, attorneys, and staff who, over the last 25 years, have helped Cory Watson evolve into the firm it is today. Cory Watson has grown beyond the state of Alabama into Memphis and Nashville with the enduring goal of fighting for the justice that our clients deserve. You Deserve the Best. Never Settle for Less.

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Cory Watson Leads Charge on Opioid Litigation Battle in Arkansas

Arkansas Counties and Cities File Joint Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Manufacturers Cory Watson Attorneys is leading the charge on groundbreaking opioid litigation, working with county, city and state officials to represent the people of Arkansas in the fight against the opioid epidemic. In an unprecedented approach, hundreds of county, city, state officials, and employees gathered Wednesday on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol to announce that they have filed a lawsuit against the opioid drug industry. The lawsuit seeks damages from more than 50 drug companies. The money recovered would fund remediation of the opioid epidemic in Arkansas. This unified litigation is unlike any others in the country and will represent 90 percent of Arkansas’s population, with 72 counties and 210 cities participating. The lawyers at Cory Watson will help combat the opioid manufacturers who have raked in billions in profits at the expense of devastated families and communities across the country. The attorneys argue that it will cost Arkansas cities and counties billions to stop the Arkansas opioid epidemic, and that the companies that aggressively marketed the opioids should foot the bill instead of the taxpayers. “This is an attempt by Arkansas counties and cities to force opioid manufacturers to pay to clean up the Arkansas opioid epidemic that the complaint alleges the opioid industry directly caused,” said Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley in an interview with CNN. Tapley is leading the legal team that includes lawyers from Arkansas firm Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. City and county leaders agree the opioid lawsuit is the best way to handle the ongoing crisis. Don Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Arkansas Municipal League said, “Arkansas’s one-voice approach to this lawsuit is one that gives us a seat at the table. Neither the state or any country or city is big enough alone; this litigation approach ensures that recover damages remain in Arkansas.” The opioid epidemic has ravaged Arkansas communities for years. While the U.S. experiences more than 42,000 fatal overdoses a year, Arkansas experiences over 400, a number that has increased nearly 300 percent since 2000 and coincides with opioid sales quadrupling. Additionally, Arkansas ranks second in the nation in the misuse of opioids behind Alabama, which is the only other state with a higher opioid prescribing rate than Arkansas according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chris Villines, Executive Director of the Association of Arkansas Counties said, “Instead of fighting and competing with each other on critically needed settlement dollars for our cities and counties, all of the cities and counties are working together to do what’s best for Arkansas.” Watch the Opioid Litigation News Conference coverage below. Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley speaks at the 30:17 mark. Cory Watson Attorneys, a premier national litigation firm, is working with county, city and state officials in Arkansas to help fight the opioid epidemic. Related News: CNN: One state’s novel idea to make Big Pharma pay for opioid epidemic Newsweek: Opioid Crisis: Is Arkansas paving the way for Big Pharma, not taxpayers, to pay for addiction? Talk Business & Politics: Attorney: Governments seeking to recover ‘probably … billions’ from opioid companies Route Fifty: As Courts See Local Flood of Opioid Lawsuits, Litigation Strategies Can Vary By State Facing Addiction: Arkansas Sues 52 Opioid Manufacturers and 13 Others Arkansas Online: In opioid lawsuits, state aim is 1 voice Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: County group seeks payout in suit THV11: Coalition of Arkansas cities, counties sue opioid makers for deception The Outlook: Alexander City’s Tapley takes on opioid makers for Arkansas and counties CBS This Morning: Purdue Pharma’s deceptive sales tactics?

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Ernest Cory Named to Top American Lawyers

Top American Lawyers has selected Birmingham, Alabama personal injury attorney Ernest Cory as one of the Top 1% of attorneys in the United States. Top American Lawyers uses a rigorous peer-review process to screen attorneys throughout the U.S. on accomplishments, skills, integrity and ethics, professionalism and client commitment. Cory is a Lifetime Charter Member of Top American Lawyers. Cory is a founder and Managing Shareholder of Cory Watson Attorneys. His practice is focused on complex litigation and mass torts; he is frequently appointed to leadership positions in multidistrict litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. Cory currently serves as Lead Counsel in MDL 2691, In Re: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) and Cialis (Tadalafil) Products Liability Litigation. Cory has practiced law for more than thirty-five years and has received accolades from Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, and many others. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm that has recovered more than 3 Billion for its clients. Cory Watson is 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 asbestos and mesothelioma, automobile accidents, Legionnaires’ disease, product liability, sexual assault, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

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Birmingham Business Journal Honors Leila H. Watson as Top 40 Under 40

The Birmingham Business Journal has named Cory Watson Attorneys Principal and Co-founder Leila H. Watson to its list of “Top 40 Under 40 All-Stars: The Ultimate Top 40 Class.” The Birmingham Business Journal recognized Watson in its “Top 40 Under 40” listing in 1997. The BBJ published this first Top 40 All-Stars list in 2017 to recognize former winners who maximized their potential after winning the Top 40 award. “I am honored to be included in this group of business leaders, and congratulate my colleagues on the list who contribute so much to our community not only professionally, but through civic and charitable endeavors that enrich the quality of life for all,” said Ms. Watson. Watson has practiced law for more than 32 years and serves as President of the Birmingham Bar Association. She has served on the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee- Civil for more than a decade, and has been recognized with numerous professional honors including Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Watson’s community service is focused on children and education. She currently serves on Studio by the Tracks Board, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance Pre-K Task Force, and Leadership Birmingham. 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 asbestos and mesothelioma, automobile accidents, Legionnaires’ disease, product liability, sexual assault, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

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14 Lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers named 14 Cory Watson Attorneys to its 2014 list of the top attorneys in Alabama. Leila H Watson was also named to the list of “Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama” and the Super Lawyers list of “Top 25 Women Attorneys” in Alabama. Ernest Cory, Leila H. Watson, Kristian Rasmussen and F. Jerome Tapley were named to the Alabama Super Lawyers “Class Action/ Mass Torts” list. Jon C. Conlin and Elizabeth Chambers were named to the “Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff” Super Lawyers Alabama list. G. Rick DiGiorgio and Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. were recognized in the category of Super Lawyers Alabama “Personal Injury Law, General: Plaintiff.” Additionally, Stephen R. Hunt, Jr., and Hirlye R. (Ryan) Lutz, III were named to the 2014 Alabama Rising Stars: “Class Action/ Mass Torts” list. Cory Watson Attorneys is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of complex litigation including class actions, pharmaceutical drug litigation, defective medical device litigation, products 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. Additional information is available at www.corywatson.com. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1956011#ixzz33c6HSnzr Read more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11893695.htm

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Cory Watson Attorneys adds Associate, Announces New Principal

Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, has added an Associate and 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. 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. 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, Samford University. 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, products liability, sexual assault, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Additional information is available at www.corywatson.com/.

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Cory Watson Names New Principal and Three Associates

Cory Watson Attorneys, a leading Birmingham personal injury law firm, announced today that attorney Elizabeth E. Chambers has been named a Principal of the firm. Ms. Chambers is a member of the firm’s Mass Tort litigation team and has practiced law with Cory Watson since 2003.  Ms. Chambers’ practice focuses on products liability involving pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices; she has been recognized by SuperLawyers for her work in that area. Ms. Chambers has represented clients nationwide in high-profile multidistrict litigation including Chantix, Vioxx, Trasylol, GranuFlo, Lipitor, and orthopedic devices including hip implants and knee implants. Attorneys Nina Towle, W. Ryan Myers, and Mitchell T. Theodore have also joined the firm as Associates. Ms. Towle’s practice is concentrated in the areas of pharmaceutical litigation, products liability, and environmental law. She is a cum laude graduate of Cumberland School of Law where she served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. W. Ryan Myers’ practice is focused on class actions, consumer protection, and products liability. He received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Review and was named a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow. He graduated magna cum laude from at Auburn University. Mitchell T. Theodore’s practice includes pharmaceutical drug litigation, products liability and class actions.  He earned his JD and undergraduate degrees at the University of Alabama where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He served as Junior Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession. Cory Watson Attorneys is a leading Birmingham 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, products liability, catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

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