Cory Watson Attorneys

Cory Watson Attorneys

Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Ala. and Nashville with more than $2.7 billion in recoveries for clients.

Firm Overview

Cory Watson Attorneys has more than 35 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims in Alabama, Tennessee, and nationwide. As a premier national law firm, we have successfully litigated on behalf of our clients against some of the most powerful companies in the world, including Fortune 500 companies. Yet despite our record of results, we haven't lost sight of our core purpose: advocating for injury victims. There is no case too big or too small for our experienced attorneys. We have recovered more than $2.7 billion in all types of personal injury cases from single event cases such as car accidents to product liability cases involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.

Main Office

Cory Watson Attorneys - Birmingham Office
2131 Magnolia Ave. S.

Birmingham AL 35205


(205) 328-7000


(205) 324-7896


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Office Information

Office Hours

24 Hours / 7 Days

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

Other Offices

Cory Watson Attorneys - Nashville Office
1033 Demonbreun St., Ste. 300

Auto Accident

Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury and motor vehicle accident law firm based in Birmingham, Ala. and Nashville. Our attorneys have a proven track record, securing more than $2.7 billion in recoveries for clients.

Cory Watson Attorneys has more than 37 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims in Alabama, Tennessee, and nationwide. As a premier national law firm, we’ve taken on insurance companies, large corporations, and the pharmaceutical industry to help recover more than $2.7 billion on behalf of our clients. From our principal office in Birmingham, Alabama, to our office in Nashville, Tennessee, we’re here to help after any type of injury caused by someone else’s negligence—no matter how big or small your case may be. Contact our dedicated personal injury lawyers today to learn how we can help you get the best possible results for your personal injury claim.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

At Cory Watson Attorneys, we’ve been representing injury victims and their families for more than 35 years. Over that time, we have successfully litigated on behalf of our clients against some of the most powerful companies in the world, including Fortune 500 companies. Yet despite our record of results, we haven’t lost sight of our core purpose: advocating for injury victims. There is no case too big or too small for our experienced attorneys. We have recovered more than $2.7 billion in all types of personal injury cases—from single event cases such as car accidents to product liability cases involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Located in Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee, Cory Watson was the first firm in Alabama to establish a nationwide mass torts division solely devoted to representing multiple clients injured by harmful medical devices and dangerous drugs. Our lawyers have personally represented clients across the United States in litigation involving more than 100 mass torts over the past 35 years. Our personal injury lawyers are frequently appointed to serve as Lead Counsel, Class Counsel, and to other leadership roles in multi-district litigation (MDLs) and class actions, and we have secured successful outcomes for clients in the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, Canada, and Africa. When you come to Cory Watson Attorneys for help, you can expect a dedicated legal staff focused on getting results for you. This not only requires us to draw upon our decades of personal injury experience, it also requires a steady commitment to the core values we believe are necessary for our own personal and professional growth. No matter the size of your case, we know our success depends on the high quality of the work we do for you. Our Mission? To provide excellent legal representation to individuals and small businesses seeking justice in all types of litigation. Our Core Values? At Cory Watson Attorneys, our core values define who we are, what our clients can expect, and the factors that we believe drive success. Those values include: - We will provide excellent legal representation to our clients, with honesty and integrity as the cornerstones of our relationships. - We will not be bound by convention; we will be innovative and willing to take prudent risks. - We will create and nurture a corporate culture of pride in everything we do. - We will treat our clients, each other, and our employees with respect and dignity. - We will always support and give back to our profession and our community. - We will employ the most qualified, skilled, and dedicated attorneys and staff. - We will be intentional in all of our words and actions. Proven Results. Attorneys You Can Trust. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have recovered more than $2.7 billion in compensation, and our mass tort and class action practices are recognized nationwide. Whether you were injured in a car accident, harmed by a prescription drug, or hurt by an unsafe product, our attorneys can fight to get you the best possible compensation for your case. You Deserve the Best. Never Settle for Less.

J. Curt Tanner

Cory Watson Attorneys

J. Curt Tanner knew he wanted to have a career in law from an early age. As a teenager, his father was badly injured in an accident. The legal team that represented his father made a big impact on Curt and his family, and the experience inspired him to go to law school. He knew he wanted to help people through difficult times the way he and his family were helped through his father's accident.

Curt began his legal career by representing individuals against some of the largest banks and investment firms in the world. Curt's dedication to securing justice for his clients allowed him to help obtain a seven-figure settlement in a Ponzi scheme case that involved multiple victims. Curt's desire for justice and drive to help people continue to characterize his practice.

Curt was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the Cumberland School of Law after graduating from Auburn University. Curt is continuously involved in the local community. He believes that a personal injury lawyer should serve the community not just with their legal needs, but with any needs that will one day allow them to contribute back to the community themselves. Curt is involved in the Moot Court program at Cumberland School of Law, his alma mater. He sees a lot of value in helping law students develop skills that will make them successful attorneys.

When he's not pursuing justice on behalf of his clients, Curt enjoys traveling with his wife, Kathryn, and spending time at the lake with their dog.


Samford University - Cumberland School of Law
J.D., 2013

Leila H. Watson

Cory Watson Attorneys

Leila H. Watson has dedicated her life to helping people through the law. It began when she was a social work student on a clinical team that evaluated children with developmental, physical, and mental disabilities. The mother of a little boy who was a patient at the clinic gave Leila a legal brief about her son. After reading the brief, she knew that the lawyer who wrote it was doing much more to help that little boy than she could ever do in her career as a social worker. At that moment, Leila decided to go to law school.

Leila Watson has practiced with Ernie Cory, co-founder of Cory Watson Attorneys, for over 35 years. As a young lawyer, Ernie Cory convinced her to handle cases on subjects she knew nothing about, saying, "It's not what you don't know, it's all about what you can learn." So, Leila learned things like how to drive a tractor-trailer truck, set up a fuse box, maintain a hospital record, sell life insurance, and a host of other skills to better present her cases at trial.

She has worked on precedent-setting cases with state and national implications. Leila represented Jett Williams and proved that Jett is the natural daughter of famous singer and songwriter, Hank Williams, Sr., and in the process, updated Alabama law so no other heir would have to shoulder the burden of finding their inheritance on their own. Leila also obtained the first double-digit, million-dollar wrongful death verdict in Alabama - $15,000,000.

Not only has Leila worked on big cases, she is also known for taking the time to negotiate car accident cases, probate issues, municipal cases, and talking to people about whatever is disrupting their daily lives and finding solutions for them.

Leila's legal skills and passion for studying the law are well-recognized by her colleagues. In 2016, Leila was elected President of the Birmingham Bar Association. She served as the chair of the Alabama Association for Justice Amicus Curiae Brief Committee for years, steering the committee that selects and writes appellate briefs on issues of importance to ALAJ members. She was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Civil Committee from 1998 to 2018, and serves as a director of the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions - Civil, an Alabama Non-Profit Corporation. This Committee is rewriting the civil jury instructions in plain language to make the instructions more easily understood.

While Leila is a passionate and dedicated lawyer, she is also a family-oriented woman who loves to volunteer. She and her family are highly involved in the Birmingham community, supporting local charities that focus on children's education and health and making Birmingham a great place to raise a family. Leila loves to cook and is always looking forward to her weekly Sunday night dinner with friends and family.


University of Maryland School of Law
J.D., 1984

Nicolas Gutierrez

Cory Watson Attorneys

Nicolas Gutierrez has always felt the desire to become a lawyer, thanks to the influential reinforcement of his grandfathers.

"My grandfather on my mom's side would always laugh about my tendency to argue over every little point, and encouraged this trait. My grandfather on my dad's side always preached about providing help to others, and encouraged me to focus on law so that I could help those who were in need."

Nicolas was born in Baltimore, Maryland and planted Southern roots growing up in Hoover, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish.

Honored with the Bo Cole scholarship, Nicolas received his J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. There, he was nominated for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges and served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

As an associate attorney at Cory Watson, Nicolas focuses his practice on motor vehicle litigation and serious personal injury claims.

When asked what his favorite thing about helping people through the law is, Nicolas responds, "Knowing that I can potentially provide some peace of mind with their legal issue is rewarding. I believe a personal injury lawyer's role in the community is to help individuals who have gone through an unexpectedly difficult time, and let them know that someone cares about righting whatever wrong afflicted them."

Nicolas remains active with the Cumberland School of Law, especially the Admission Office. In his free time, Nicolas enjoys spending time with his wife and family, watching Alabama Football or Real Madrid soccer, expanding his vinyl collection, and learning new languages. He often visits the rest of his family in Chile, staying close although they live on two different continents.


Samford Univeristy, Cumberland School of Law
J.D., 2017

Carli Bryant

Cory Watson Attorneys

Carli Bryant can certainly empathize with her injured clients. Carli herself was a victim of a truck accident at the age of 17, when she was t-boned by a dump truck transporting a heavy load of debris. The collision completely changed her life and inspired her to become a personal injury attorney.

Her own traumatic experience allows Carli to connect with her clients on a deeper level, giving her the ability to understand the physical and emotional turmoil caused by serious accidents.

"Many times, car accidents or any personal injury incident will shake clients in every way, and this happens financially, emotionally, and physically," Carli said." I believe a personal injury lawyer's role in the community is to give a sense of hope to those facing one of the most difficult times in their lives."

Carli was raised in Tuscaloosa County, where farm life taught her humility and a hard work ethic. She majored in Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.

Following law school, Carli began her legal career at a plaintiff's firm representing clients in complex personal injury lawsuits. Her compassion and desire to help those in need brought her to Cory Watson, where she focuses her practice on civil litigation, motor vehicle accidents, and personal injury law.

In her free time, Carli enjoys long-distance running, traveling, hiking and watching movies. She is an active member of Church of the Highlands.


Samford University - Cumberland School of Law
J.D., 2015

Bobby LeMoine

Cory Watson Attorneys

For Bobby LeMoine, he's known that he wanted to be a lawyer as far back as he can remember. So much so, in fact, he can remember people telling his mother when he was a little kid, "That boy's going to be a lawyer." Bobby has always been motivated by the fact that he can help someone who has been injured or wronged in some manner and bring them to a better place in life. Bobby also knows from experience that it's very satisfying to hold someone accountable who has done something to hurt others and to shine a light on that wrong.

Bobby graduated from Cumberland School of Law and has been practicing law since 2008. He is an active member of the Birmingham Bar Association. He enjoys being an active part of the Birmingham legal community and sharing time with the great lawyers in Birmingham, as well as being a part of the contributions the Birmingham Bar Association makes to the community as a whole. At Cory Watson, Bobby's practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, nursing home negligence, and insurance bad faith. At the end of the day, Bobby just wants to help people that have been hurt and stand up against injustice for those who might not be able to on their own.

If you need Bobby on the weekend, you will find him somewhere outdoors with his family and two dogs. He and his wife Cissy have three daughters: Livy, Darby, and Francie. Bobby spends any and all of his free time with his family – they love to camp, cook, and play soccer with dad as the team coach.


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
J.D., 2008

Doug Dellaccio Jr.

Cory Watson Attorneys

Doug Dellaccio, Jr., has always rooted for the underdog. So much so, in fact, that he chose to make a career out of it by representing injury victims. For more than 20 years, Doug has helped everyday people level the playing field against insurance companies and major corporations. He’s now an important part of the Cory Watson Attorneys litigation team.

A Birmingham native, Doug earned his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degree right where he grew up. Now, as a father, he and his wife raise their children in nearby Vestavia Hills and attend Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood. Doug’s Alabama roots provide a sense of community, and he serves the state of Alabama on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Alabama Association for Justice, and as a member of the Early Warning Panel for the City of Mountain Brook's school system.

Doug's spirit of helping extends into the courtroom. Doug's proudest moment as an attorney was helping a family that had lost a daughter in a car crash. He took the case on—despite two other local well-respected law firms turning it down due to its difficulty—and helped the victim’s loved ones recover a settlement.


Birmingham School of Law
J.D., 1996

Brett Turnbull

Cory Watson Attorneys

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan

Brett Turnbull has embraced that philosophy in distinguishing himself as a leading trial lawyer, recognized for his jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients killed or injured by the negligent and wrongful actions of others. When he goes before a jury, he realizes he has one job; to get justice for his client by proving the claims and guiding the jury to award a fair and reasonable verdict.

Respect for individuals and for the justice system led Brett, a graduate of the University of Alabama, to pursue law studies at Cumberland School of Law. There, he discovered early on that his true passion was trial law. As a class leader, Brett won national recognition for his trial advocacy skills.

That leadership track has continued throughout Brett’s legal career, and he gives back to his profession by serving in leadership positions with the Alabama Association for Justice, Alabama State Bar, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Brett has more than a decade of successful courtroom experience in complex litigation, including trucking cases, products liability, automobile defects, pediatric burns, traumatic brain injury and nursing home malpractice.

Brett and his wife Dawn have been married for 13 years and have four children, Brett, Arden, Miller, and Bess. When he's not in the courtroom, you can find Brett and his family outside playing their favorite sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, and tennis. They also enjoy taking time out of their busy schedule to relax at the lake or the beach for a weekend. The Turnbulls are active members at South Highland Presbyterian Church here in Birmingham, Alabama.


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
J.D., 2005

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