Lawyer Profile

F. Jerome Tapley
Cory Watson Attorneys
2131 Magnolia Avenue South, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL, 35205
Phone | 205-328-2200
Toll Free | 877-562-0000

Law School - Samford University Cumberland School of Law
Bar Admission - 9/26/2003

Law Office Locations: Birmingham

Geographic Areas Served: All Counties in Alabama


F. Jerome Tapley dedicates his practice to Mass Tort Litigation, Class Action Litigation and Products Liability. He practices at Cory Watson in Birmingham, Alabama.

Areas of Practice:
Mass Tort Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Products Liability
Personal Injury
100% of practice devoted to litigation

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Alabama State Bar
Alabama Association for Justice
Birmingham Bar Association


For Jerome Tapley, the decision to become a lawyer was a deeply personal one. When he was a boy, a family member died in a work-place accident. Tapley witnessed first-hand how lawyers could make a difference in people’s lives. The trial lawyers who represented Tapley’s family successfully held the responsible party accountable for the tragedy. Tapley knew then he wanted to be a trial lawyer. His road toward achieving that goal was not easy, but hard work has never been an obstacle for Tapley. 

Tapley was born in Alexander City, Alabama, a hard-working, cotton mill town that taught him the values of persistence, keeping his word, and doing his best. The lessons he learned from his community propelled him to become the first college graduate in his family, graduating from Auburn University Montgomery and earning his law degree through Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. 

Tapley, now a principal at Corey Watson Attorneys, focuses 100 percent on courtroom litigation, including Class Action, Mass Tort, and Products Liability litigation. He’s admitted to all state and federal courts in Alabama and Florida. 

When he’s not in court or at the offices of Cory Watson, Tapley devotes time to the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He and his family are members of Haven Field Community Church where he serves as Chairman of the Governing Board and on the Elder Team.

Jerome has been married to his high school sweetheart Kelli for 17 years. Kelli is a pediatrician and a mom to their two daughters, Madeline and Harper. On the weekends you can find Jerome and his family out quail hunting with their dog Duke, tending to their vegetable garden, or fly fishing. The Tapley family is active at Haven Field Community Church, where Jerome serves as Chairman of the Elders and Tapley hosts a weekly family small group at their home. Though Jerome has a variety of hobbies and interests, one of his favorite quotes speaks to his hard-working background: “"No one has ever drowned in sweat.”- Lou Holtz.


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

Auburn University, Montgomery, B.S.


Awards, Honors & Accomplishments:
Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated- Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers, 2011-2013, 2015

Alabama Association for Justice Emerging Leaders
Cumberland School of Law: Scholar of Merit, Trial Advocacy Board, Director
Law Journal, American Journal of Trial Advocacy


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