Lawyer Profile

Law School - University of Maryland School of Law

Bar Admission - 4/24/1984

Law Office Locations: Birmingham

Geographic Areas Served: All Counties in Alabama

Leila Watson

Cory Watson Attorneys

2131 Magnolia Avenue South, Suite 200

Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-271-7102

Toll Free | 877-562-0000


Lelia Watson dedicates her practice to product liability and mass tort actions. She practices at Cory Watson in Birmingham, Alabama.

Areas of Practice:
Construction Law 
Consumer Protection 
Highway & Building Design 
Litigation & Appeals 
Mass Torts 
Nursing Home 
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Products Liability Law 
Toxic Torts

The Supreme Court of Alabama 
The Supreme Court of the United States
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 of Nebraska
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Birmingham Bar Association - Member
Alabama Association for Justice-Member, Executive Committee
American Association of Justice, Member-Railroad Law Section, STEP
American Board of Trial Advocates


Leila 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 more to help that little boy and others like him, than she could 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 33 years. 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 well-known for taking 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.

Ernie Cory convinced her as a young lawyer to handle cases on subjects she knew nothing about: “it’s not what you don’t know, it’s all about what you can learn.” So, she 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 present her cases at trial. 

Leila’s legal skills and passion for studying the law are recognized by her colleagues. She was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee–Civil in 1998. This Committee is rewriting the civil jury instructions in plain language to make the instructions understandable to lay persons. She served as the chair of the Alabama Association for Justice Amicus Curiae Brief Committee for years, responsible for steering the committee that selects and writes appellate briefs on issues of importance to ALAJ members. In 2016, Leila was elected President of the Birmingham Bar Association. 

While Leila is a passionate and dedicated lawyer, she is also a family-oriented woman who loves to volunteer. She and her family are very 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. 

Leila approaches her life at home and at the office with this simple quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss


University of Maryland School of Law, JD

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, BS


Best Lawyers in America, 2016
Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
Best Lawyers in America: Mass Tort Litigation, Products Liability, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 
Super Lawyers, Alabama, 2011, 2010, 2009 
Champion of Justice of the Alabama Association for Justice, January 2008
Top Birmingham Women 2009, Birmingham Business Journal

Leila H. Watson was also listed among the Top 25 Women Attorneys for Alabama.

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