Ernest Cory

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  • Principal at Cory Watson Attorneys (24 Attorneys)
  • 2131 Magnolia Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Ernest “Ernie” Cory has practiced law for more than 35 years with a focus on dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, products liability, mass torts and class actions. He has represented clients across the U.S. and in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ernie is nationally recognized for his ability to level the playing field against corporate America, and is frequently appointed as lead counsel and to other leadership positions in high-profile complex litigation, mass torts, and class actions.

A founding principal of Cory Watson, Ernie’s legal roots are local; he tried his first jury trial just 11 months after becoming an attorney in Gadsden, Alabama and over his career has helped thousands of people across the state. Ernie realized early that it was essential to establish client trust, and that successful results require hard work. Every client mattered. This commitment to service and unwavering integrity provided the foundation for the firm he founded more than two decades ago, and those values serve as guiding principles for Cory Watson Attorneys today.

He’s proud to have helped assemble a legal team that has served more than 150,000 families and recovered more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts. According to Ernie, “We know corporations and insurance firms are going to hire the best lawyers they can afford. I have made it my goal for 35 years to be the best, to hire the best, and to never back down from a fight. Our clients deserve nothing less.”

Ernie grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Vestavia Hills High School. He went on to study at the University of Alabama, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Ernie feels it is important to give back to the community and profession that have provided him with so many opportunities, and he serves in a number of philanthropic and leadership positions within the bar and legal profession.

Ernie is an avid Alabama football fan and on Saturdays in the fall, he can generally found in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Ernie is an active member of Church of the Highlands where he and Vivian lead a weekly small group. They enjoy supporting local causes serving children and supporting education. Ernie spends his free time with his family, in his gardens and traveling.

Appointments: Plaintiff's Lead Counsel and Plaintiff's Liaison Counsel, ProteGen Sling and Vesica Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1387; Plaintiff's Discovery Committee, Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1407; Management and Discovery Committee, General Motors Corporation Dex-Cool Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1562; Plaintiff's Steering Committee, Bausch & Lomb Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1785; Plaintiff's Co-Lead Counsel, Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1842; Plaintiff's Steering Committee, Trasylol Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1928; Plaintiff's Lead Counsel, Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092; Plaintiff's Steering Committee, Oral Sodium Phosphate Solution-Based Products Liability Litigation (Fleet), MDL Docket No. 2066.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Class Actions
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Defective Medical Device
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-403-5431  Phone
(205) 324-7896  Fax
Mailing Address:
Birmingham, AL 35205
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma; U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; 1981, Alabama
Birmingham Bar Association (Member, Grievance Committee); Alabama State Bar; The American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member, 1993—; Member, Sections on: Aviation; Product Liability; Co-chair Discovery Committee-PPA Litigation Group); Alabama Association for Justice (Sustaining Member, Executive Committee).s.
Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, October 19, 1955
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