Hirlye "Ryan" Lutz III

Cory Watson Attorneys
2131 Magnolia Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205-2854
(205) 328-2200
www.corywatson.com


PRACTICE AREAS

  Class Action    Consumer Protection    Products Liability    Gas Fireplace Injury    Pharmaceutical Litigation    Defective Medical Device    Business and Commercial Law    Car Accidents    Personal Injury    Asbestos Injury    Tractor-Trailer Accidents    Ryan Lutz is a compassionate competitor. Inspired to enter the highly adversarial field of litigation after playing collegiate basketball, Ryan has successfully focused his competitive spirit toward helping those injured personally and economically by large corporations who place profits over safety and fairness. Ryan believes that helping people through the law gives ordinary people a voice, and his "win the day" approach to practicing law gives a powerful voice to those who need it.    Raised in Birmingham, Ryan earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University before returning to Birmingham to pursue his Juris Doctor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Since joining Cory Watson in 2006, Ryan has served as Co-Lead counsel in a $25 million verdict for Plaintiffs in a products liability case against Nissan, twice represented the State of Mississippi through Attorney General Jim Hood against Google, represented nearly every city and county in the State of Arkansas against every major Opioid manufacturer and distributor, served as Co-Lead Class Counsel for numerous certified nationwide consumer fraud class actions against large corporations in jurisdictions across the country, and served leading roles for the firm in Multi-District Litigation involving medical devices and pharmaceutical products.    One of his most important accomplishments involved leading two certified nationwide consumer fraud class actions against fireplace manufacturers who made dangerous glass front fireplaces that were causing severe third degree burns to infants and toddlers who accidentally touched the glass fronts. As a result of those cases, the fireplace industry changed its standards to require mandatory safety screens, preventing further harm to young children.    Ryan's drive to help and connect to fellow citizens nationwide is evidenced by his work, his lifestyle, and his concern for children extends beyond the courtroom. He is a board member and current president of the Tumtum Tree Foundation, a charity that raises money for local children's charities through an annual live wine auction. The foundation has raised over $12,000,000.    When he's not working, he and his wife Lindsey are experiencing the joys of parenthood with their two children, Asher and Holden. Ryan also has a passion for food and wine, exercise and sports, and travel abroad.  

BAR ADMISSIONS

  Alabama State Bar  

COURT ADMISSIONS

  Chancery Court of Lowndes County, Mississippi  Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland  Circuit Court of Crittenden County, Arkansas  Iowa District Court, Linn County  State of California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District  State of North Carolina, Craven County  Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Central District  Superior Court of the State of Indiana, County of Marion  The Supreme Court of Alabama  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas  United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama  United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama  United States District Court for the Northern District of California  United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia  United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio  United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas  United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama  United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida  United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana  United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi  United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas  United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin  

HONORS, AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  Super Lawyers, Alabama Rising Stars, 2012-2015  Birmingham Magazine, Top Birmingham Attorneys  Birmingham Business Journal Rising Star  Mealey's Pharmaceutical Superconference, "Digitek-An Overview," Guest Speaker  HB Litigation Conference, "Fleet Phospho-Soda-Over the Counter Drug Litigation," Guest Speaker  Alabama Association for Justice, "Spotting a Class Action?Don't Miss Your Opportunity," Guest Speaker  Full athletic basketball scholarship to The University of Alabama at Huntsville  The University of Alabama at Huntsville, Dean's List  Auburn University, Dean's List  Cumberland School of Law, Dean's List  Cumberland School of Law, Scholar of Merit Award  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  Alabama State Bar Association  American Association for Justice  Alabama Association for Justice, Emerging Leaders Section  Birmingham Bar Association  TumTum Tree Foundation, Board Member and current President  

EDUCATION

  Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D.  The University of Alabama at Huntsville  Auburn University, B.S.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  TumTum Tree Foundation