Annesley DeGaris

DeGaris Wright McCall, LLC
2N 20th St Suite 1030
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 558-9000
www.degarislaw.com


Annesley H. DeGaris is the founding partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm DeGaris & Rogers, LLC. He is recognized nationally for mass tort litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Mr. DeGaris also has an extensive practice in individual personal injury and wrongful death cases in a variety of circumstances, including motor vehicle collisions, tractor trailer collisions, and toxic exposures. He has litigated cases against major trucking companies, insurance companies, chemical manufacturers responsible for toxic spills, aircraft manufacturers, and major pharmaceutical companies.

MDL leadership roles:

Past: Mr. DeGaris has served on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee as Co-Chair for the Science Committee and as a member of the Administrative Committee for In Re: Fosamax Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1789. He served on the Science Committee for In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197 and the Science Committee for In Re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2087. He served on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for In Re: Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1760.

Current: He currently serves on the Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee for In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2441 and was subsequently appointed to the Settlement Oversight Committee. He also was appointed to the State Liaison Committee for In Re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406 and serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2666.

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

Mr. DeGaris has written extensively on cutting edge legal topics, including the role of judges in the settlement process, politics and its influence on the judicial system, and various dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. His legal writings have been published nationally and internationally in diverse publications ranging from the University of Tasmania Law Review to West's Federal Rules Decisions (F.R.D.), Voir Dire, the Cumberland Law Review, the Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, The Trial Lawyer, The Alabama Lawyer, The Alabama Association for Justice Journal and most recently in TRIAL magazine. In addition to his publications, he is also a frequent lecturer nationally on a variety of marketing and litigation topics, including defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Recent speaking engagements have focused on educating lawyers and paralegals on the fundamentals of multidistrict litigation.

Education/Rotary Foundation Scholarship/Teaching Positions/Government Service:

Mr. DeGaris graduated magna cum laude from Samford University and earned his Juris Doctor at Cumberland School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude in 1988. While at Cumberland he was Casenote Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. DeGaris served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. B. Haltom, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. While working for the federal district court, Rotary International awarded Mr. DeGaris a full tuition scholarship, the Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Understanding. As a Rotary Scholar, Mr. DeGaris attended the University of Melbourne School of Law in Australia, ranked as one of the top 10 law schools in the world. Additionally, he was accepted in residence at Trinity College. During his time at the University of Melbourne he concentrated his legal studies in the area of international law and following the completion of his thesis, received an LL.M.

On his return to the United States, Mr. DeGaris served as a Staff Attorney for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia and taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. Later he returned to Birmingham where he taught courses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, taught as a professor of Constitutional Law at the Birmingham School of Law, and currently teaches a course in comparative civil litigation at the Cumberland School of Law.

Honors and awards:

In 2013 and again in 2016, Best Lawyers selected Mr. DeGaris as Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiff Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been recognized in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Rue Ratings, and was named one of Alabama's Top 50 Attorneys in a peer review survey. Mr. DeGaris is certified as a Life Member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is listed in "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in America," and "Who's Who of Professionals." Mr. DeGaris is AV Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. His firm DeGaris & Rogers has been recognized in the 2017 edition of U.S. News "Best Law Firms."

EXPERIENCE

Founding Partner

DeGaris & Rogers, LLC 2016-Present

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

The founding partner of this firm with a practice focused on personal injury, complex litigation including defective medical device and pharmaceutical drug litigation, and environmental matters.

Founding Partner

DeGaris Law Group, LLC 2015-2016

Birmingham, Alabama

The founding partner of this firm with a practice focused on personal injury, complex litigation including defective medical device and pharmaceutical drug litigation, and environmental matters.

Partner

Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris 1995 - 2014

Birmingham, Alabama

A founding partner of this trial firm, with a practice focused in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, defective device and pharmaceutical drug litigation, aviation, and environmental matters.

Associate

Johnson & Cory 1993-1995

Birmingham, Alabama

Trial practice concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, aviation, environmental and criminal matters.Staff Attorney

United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit 1991-1993

Atlanta, Georgia

Researched and drafted memoranda discussing and recommending disposition of cases involving: criminal appeals, petitions for habeas corpus, sentencing guidelines, employment discrimination, Social Security claims and private civil matters.Judicial Law Clerk

United States District Court 1988-1989

Huntsville, Alabama

Law Clerk to Hon. E. B. Haltom, Jr. Responsibilities included researching and writing orders, opinions, and memoranda involving all areas of federal civil law.Mediator

United States District Court May 1998 to 2015

Birmingham, Alabama

United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama

Appointed to ADR Panel of Neutrals

ACADEMIC

Adjunct Professor
Cumberland School of Law 2013, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama
Teaching courses in the following:

Comparative Civil Litigation
Professor
Birmingham School of Law 1993-2011
Birmingham, Alabama
Teaching courses in the following:

Constitutional Law
Agency and Partnership
Civil Procedure
Adjunct Professor
University of Alabama Birmingham 1998
Birmingham, Alabama

Teaching course in the following:

Criminal Law
Adjunct Professor
Emory University School of Law 1992-1993
Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor for Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy

EDUCATION

University of Melbourne Law School

Trinity College

Melbourne, Australia LL.M. 1992

(concentrating in International Law)

Attended the University of Melbourne Law School, ranked as one of the top 10 law schools in the world, on full scholarship as a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Understanding. While attending law school was a resident of Trinity College.

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 1988

Juris Doctor

Magna Cum Laude

Class Rank 13/183; G.P.A.: 3.56/4.0

Casenote Editor, Cumberland Law Review 1987-1988

Justice, Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1987-1988

Member, Curia Honoris

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama 1985

Bachelor of Science, Public Administration

Magna Cum Laude

Class Rank: 18/386; G.P.A.: 3.798/4.0

Pi Kappa Alpha (Social Fraternity)

Omicron Delta Kappa (Honor Fraternity)

Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Fraternity)

HONORS
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Best Lawyer, Lawyer of the Year, Birmingham, AL, 2013 and 2016 - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action, Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers in America - 2013, 2015

Super Lawyers Alabama - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Super Lawyers, Alabama Top 50 - 2014

Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America, 2015

Top 100 Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2014

American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100

Million Dollar Advocates Forum- Life member

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum- Life member

Top 100 Birmingham Attorneys - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Peer review survey, Birmingham Magazine)

Who's Who in American Law

Who's Who in America

International Who's Who of Professionals

PUBLICATIONS

E-Cigarettes Spark Litigation, Trial Magazine, Vol. 52, pgs. 50-54 (2016).

An Introduction to Multidistrict Litigation: Practice and Procedure, The Alabama Lawyer, pgs. 182-187 (2016).

Master of Marketing, The Trial Lawyer, Winter (2016).

Testosterone Replacement: Ending Old Age One Way or Another, Alabama Association for Justice Journal (2014).

Stryker Strikes Out: Another Hip Device Recall, Alabama Association for Justice Journal (2013).

The DePuy Debacle, 31 Alabama Association for Justice Journal, Winter, No. 3, 53 (2012).

Crocodiles in the Bathtub, Gorillas at the Dinner Table: How Money and Politics are Destroying State Court Appellate Justice Across America, Voir Dire, The American Board of Trial Advocates, Fall/Winter, 4 (2011).

Crocodiles in the Bathtub, Gorillas at the Dinner Table: How Money and Politics are Destroying State Court Appellate Justice Across America, The Trial Lawyer, Spring (2011).

Crocodiles in the Bathtub, Gorillas at the Dinner Table: How Money and Politics are Destroying Civil Justice in Alabama and What Must be Done to Save our State's Appellate Judicial System, Alabama Association for Justice Journal, Winter, No. 3, 39 (2010).

The Yamaha Rhino: A ?Primer' on the Emerging Rollover Litigation, Alabama Association for Justice Journal (2009).

Childhood Lead Poisoning: The Danger Still Exists, 27 The Journal of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Fall, No. II, 65 (2007).

Sharks in the Water: The Problem of Car Title Loans, 26 The Journal of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Winter, No. 4, 59 (2007); see also Car Title Lending, 2 American Association for Justice: AAJ Annual Convention Reference Materials 1 (July 2007).

Montreal Convention: Justice for Victims of International Air Disasters, 20 The Journal of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Summer, No. 2, 48 (2000).

The Role of Eleventh Circuit District Court Judges in the Settlement of Disputes, 176 F.R.D. 601 (1998).

The Role of Federal Court Judges in the Settlement of Disputes, 13 University of Tasmania Law Review, No. 2, 217 (1994).

The Summary Jury Trial: Judicial Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2 Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, 51 (1991).

Note, The Constitutionality of Medical Malpractice Damage Limitation Statutes, 17 Cumberland Law Review, 569 (1987).

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and TV APPEARANCES
"Staying Ahead of the Pack" Mass Torts Made Perfect- Las Vegas, NV, April 24, 2017

"MDL Basics and Example Litigations" Association for Legal Professionals, Homewood, AL, April 21, 2017

"Maximizing the Expert's Courtroom Presentation" National Trial Lawyers- Miami, FL, February 8, 2017

"Nuts and Bolts of Multidistrict Litigation Plus Current Cases" Birmingham Bar Association- Birmingham, AL, January 20, 2017

Appeared on "The Brian Tracy Show" CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC affiliates (2016)

"Future of Mass Torts Marketing" or Building a Brand: The power of the Billboard Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, NV, April. 24, 2016

"Mass Tort Update" Southern Trial Lawyers Association- New Orleans, LA, February 6, 2016

"Total Recall - The Metallic Hip Implant Healthcare Crisis" Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2015

"Total Recall - Panel Discussion on Metal-On-Metal" Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, NV, October 10, 2014

"Risperdal Litigation Update" Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, NV, October 10, 2014

"The Rise of Risperdal Personal Injury Litigation and Qui Tam Update" Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, NV, April 11, 2014

Stryker MDL Update-Mass Torts Made Perfect- Las Vegas, NV, April 10, 2014

American Association for Justice Conference

2014 Winter Conference - New Orleans, LA, February 10-11, 2014

Transvaginal Mesh Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 14, 2011

"Hydroxycut: Affected Products and Manufacturer Information" HB Litigation Conferences, September 21, 2009

"Hydroxycut: Affected Products and Manufacturer Information" HB Litigation Conferences, May 21, 2009

"Fosamax and Other Bisphosphonates, Speaker Litigation Group Update" American Association for Justice Conference

2009 Winter Convention - New Orleans, LA, February 6-11, 2009

"AAJ's Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation" American Association for Justice Conference - Las Vegas, NV September 12-13, 2008

"Title Pawn Loans" American Association for Justice Conference - Chicago, IL, July 16, 2007

"In re Fosamax, MDL 1789" American Association for Justice Conference - Chicago, IL, July 16, 2007

Commencement Speaker, Coosa Valley Academy Commencement, May 24, 2007

Conference Chair, Mealey's Ephedra Conference - San Diego, CA, May 11, 2004

"Medical Aspects of a Lead Paint Case" Mealey's Lead Litigation Conference - Boston, MA, October 16-17, 2003

"Handling a Personal Injury Case in Federal Court" National Business Institute CLE - Birmingham, AL, October 8, 2003

Conference Co-Chair, Mealey's Ephedra Litigation Conference - Pasadena, CA, April 28-29, 2003

"Remand and Removal" Mealey's PPA & Ephedra Litigation Conference - San Diego, CA, August 1-2, 2002

"Challenging Expert Witnesses in Federal Court" Birmingham Bar CLE, April 2002

CLE Seminar, Birmingham, AL, December 2001

"Pharmaceutical Litigation, Including Fen-Phen: Key Issues from the Plaintiff's Perspective" Cumberland School of Law CLE Program - Birmingham, AL, December 28, 2000

"Preparing to Litigate the Automobile Accident Case" Cumberland School of Law - Birmingham, AL, December 29, 1999

"The Role of Trial Judges in the Settlement Process,

Examination of the Legal and Ethical Issues" Invited speaker of The American Judicature Society - Boston, MA, 1999

"Litigation Case Management for the Alabama Paralegal"

National Business Institute CLE for Paralegal Education - Birmingham, AL, May 20, 1999

"Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama"

Birmingham Bar CLE, April 14, 1998

OTHER
Member, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 320