Lawyer Profile

Law School - Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Bar Admission - 12/11/1981

Law Office Locations: Birmingham

Geographic Areas Served: All Counties in Alabama

Ernest Cory

Cory Watson Attorneys

2131 Magnolia Avenue South, Suite 200

Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-328-2200

Toll Free | 877-562-0000


Ernest Cory dedicates his practice to product liability and toxic tort actions. He practices at Cory Watson in Birmingham, Alabama.

Areas of Practice:
Class Actions 
Toxic Tort Litigation 
Medical Devices 
Product Liability 
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Personal Injury

The Supreme Court of the United States
The Supreme Court of Alabama 
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama 
U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama 
U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma 
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana 
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee  
U.S. District Court of Rhode Island

American Association for Justice-Sustaining Member, Member of Aviation Section and Product Liability Section
Alabama Association for Justice -Sustaining Member, Executive Committee
Birmingham Bar Association


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.


Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D. 

University of Alabama, Summa cum Laude, B.S.


Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee In Re: MDL No. 2502, Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation

Lead Counsel and Plaintiffs' Executive Committee , In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation MDL 2092

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, In Re: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 1928

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee and Co-Chair for Discovery Committee, In Re: Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation, MDL No.1785

Co-Lead Counsel, In Re: Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Product Liability Litigation, MDL No.1842

Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, In Re: General Motors Corporation Dex-Cool Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1562

Lead Counsel and Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel-In Re: ProteGen Sling and Vesica Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1387

Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, In Re: General Motors Corporation Dex-Cool Products Liability Litigation, MDL No.1562

Class Counsel, Denney v. Jenkins & Gilchrist, et al, USDC Southern District of New York, CV 03-5460

Honors, Awards & Accomplishments:
Best Lawyers in America, 2016
Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America, 2014
Super Lawyers, 2008-2013
Super Lawyers, Top 50 Alabama Attorneys
Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms
Birmingham Magazine- Top Birmingham Attorneys, 2009-2012
Benchmark Litigation – Local Litigation Stars, Personal Injury, 2010, 2011
The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Lawyers 2007-2012
Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board 2009-2013

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