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

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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.


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.”


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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