Annesley H. DeGaris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Birmingham, AL

DeGaris Wright McCall
 | 2 20th St N, Suite 1030
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-725-5335
Fax: 205-588-5231
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Consumer Law (0%)
    Attorney Profile

    Having more than 25 years of legal experience, Annesley H. DeGaris focuses his practice on personal injury and product liability cases, serving clients throughout the nation. The recipient of multiple awards and honors, Mr. DeGaris has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and also the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He and his firm have been recognized in Best Lawyers. In 2013 and again in 2016 he was recognized as Lawyer of the Year Class Action/Mass Torts by Best Lawyers.

    After graduating magna cum laude from Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in public administration in 1985, Mr. DeGaris went on to attend the Cumberland School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor from there in 1988, graduating magna cum laude. After law school Mr. DeGaris was the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and earned a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne Law School in Melbourne, Australia.

    Whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation, Mr. DeGaris aggressively advocates on behalf of people injured due to dangerous drugs or products, defective medical devices, environmental disasters and catastrophic accidents. He also handles class actions and mass torts, facing off with large corporations to hold them accountable for their actions. Mr. DeGaris knows that insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies and others who are responsible for causing personal injuries are often focused on protecting their bottom line, rather than providing fair compensation for victims. He works with experts, takes depositions, files motions and attends hearings in an effort to help maximize his clients' financial recoveries.

    Beyond his work in the courtroom, Mr. DeGaris is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, the Alabama State Bar Association; the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation; the American Association for Justice; the Birmingham Bar Association; and is on the Board of Governors for the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as an adjunct law professor at several law schools and is a frequent presenter at national legal conventions.  Furthermore, he frequently publishes on varied legal topics.  Mr. DeGaris has published papers in journals ranging from West's Federal Rules Decisions to the University of Tasmania Law Review.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 0%Consumer Law
    Focus Areas

    Class Actions, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Devices, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021

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    About Annesley DeGaris

    Admitted: 1989, Alabama

    Professional Webpage:


    • Who's Who of Professionals
    • Who's Who in American Law
    • Who's Who in America
    • Cumberland Club, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University President, 2007-2014
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
    • American Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100
    • Super Lawyers Alabama – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Best Lawyer of the Year, Birmingham, AL, 2013
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2015
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review, Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama, 2014
    • Top Attorneys in Alabama, 2014
    • Top 100 Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2014
    • Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board of Governors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2015-present
    • American Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers Association, National Advisory Board, 2011 – 2015
    • Executive Committee, Alabama Association for Justice, 2001-2014
    • Birmingham Bar Association, Committee on Bench & Bar Relations, 2000-2001
    • Birmingham Bar Association, Civil Courts Procedures Committee, 2003
    • Alabama Association for Justice, Journal Editorial Committee
    • Board of Governors, Alabama Association for Justice, 2010
    • Sustaining Member, Alabama Association for Justice, 1998-2010
    • Alabama Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2008
    • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2007
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 03/23/1992
    • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 05/19/2005
    • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 11/15/2004
    • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 12/18/2006
    • United States Supreme Court, 01/09/1995
    • Alabama Supreme Court, 1989
    • Alabama

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Board of Directors, Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, 2014-2015
    • Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 320
    • Member, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Science of Metal on Metal Hip Litigation" - Mass Torts Nexus- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 11, 2017
    • "Using Social Media to Grow Your Practice" MTMP - Las Vegas, October 18, 2017
    • "Understanding Mass Tort Basics" Mass Torts Nexus - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 19, 2017
    • "Staying Ahead of the Pack" MTMP - Las Vegas, 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 CLE - Birmingham, AL, January 20, 2017
    • "The Brian Tracy Show" CBS, FOX, NBC, and ABC affiliates, 2016
    • "Future of Mass Torts Marketing or Building a Brand: The Power of the Billboard" MTMP - Las Vegas, April 24, 2016
    • "Mass Tort Update" Southern Trial Lawyers Association - New Orleans, LA, February 6, 2016
    • "Total Recall - The Metallic Hip Implant Healthcare Crisis", 2015, April 17, MTMP - Las Vegas, 2015
    • The Role of Eleventh Circuit District Court Judges in the Settlement of Disputes, 176 F.R.D. 601 (1998). 
    • The Summary Jury Trial: Judicial Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2 Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, 51 (1991).
    • 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 Trail Advocates, Fall/Winter, 4 (2011). 
    • An Introduction to Multidistrict Litigation, Best Lawyers Business Edition, p. 32 (Winter 2017). 
    • 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). 
    • Adjunct Professor, Comparative Civil Litigation, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama, 2013, 2016
    • "Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama" Birmingham Bar CLE, April 14, 1998
    • "Litigation Case Management for the Alabama Paralegal" National Business Institute CLE for Paralegal Education — Birmingham, AL, May 20, 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
    • "Preparing to Litigate the Automobile Accident Case" Cumberland School of Law — Birmingham, AL, December 29, 1999
    • “Pharmaceutical Litigation, Including Fen-Phen: Key Issues from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” Cumberland School of Law CLE Program — Birmingham, AL, December 28, 2000  
    • CLE Seminar, Birmingham, AL, December 2001
    • "Challenging Expert Witnesses in Federal Court" Birmingham Bar CLE, April 2002
    • "Remand and Removal" Mealey's PPA & Ephedra Litigation Conference — San Diego, CA, August 1-2, 2002
    • Conference Co-Chair, Mealey's Ephedra Litigation Conference — Pasadena, CA, April 28-29, 2003
    • "Handling a Personal Injury Case in Federal Court" National Business Institute CLE — Birmingham, AL, October 8, 2003
    • "Medical Aspects of a Lead Paint Case" Mealey's Lead Litigation Conference — Boston, MA, October 16-17, 2003
    • Conference Chair, Mealey's Ephedra Conference — San Diego, CA, May 11, 2004
    • Commencement Speaker, Coosa Valley Academy Commencement, May 24, 2007
    • "In re Fosamax, MDL 1789" American Association for Justice Conference – Chicago, IL , July 16, 2007
    • "Title Pawn Loans" American Association for Justice Conference – Chicago, IL, July 16, 2007
    • "AAJ's Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation" American Association for Justice Conference – Las Vegas, NV September 12-13, 2008
    • "Fosamax and Other Bisphosphonates, Speaker Litigation Group Update" American Association for Justice Conference 2009 Winter Convention – New Orleans, February 6-11, 2009
    • "Hydroxycut: Affected Products and Manufacturer Information" HB Litigation Conferences, May 21, 2009
    • “Hydroxycut: Affected Products and Manufacturer Information HB Litigation Conferences, September 21, 2009  
    • Transvaginal Mesh Conference, Atlantic City, September 14, 2011
    • American Association for Justice Conference Winter Conference – New Orleans, February 10-11, 2014
    • Stryker MDL Update MTMP – Las Vegas, April 10, 2014
    • "The Rise of Risperdal Personal Injury Litigation and Qui Tam Update" MTMP – Las Vegas, April 11, 2014
    • "Risperdal Litigation Update" MTMP – Las Vegas, October 10, 2014
    • "Total Recall – Panel Discussion on Metal-On-Metal" MTMP – Las Vegas, October 10, 2014
    • Professor, Constitutional Law, Agency and Partnership, Civil Procedure, Birmingham School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama, 1993 – 2011  


    • Plaintiff's Steering Committee, In Re: Fosamax Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1789 (Co-Chair Science and Expert Committee and Member Administrative Committee)
    • Plaintiff's Steering Committee, In Re: Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1760
    • Member, Science Committee, In Re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2087
    • Member, Science Committee, In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197
    • State Liaison Committee, In Re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406
    • Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee, In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2441

    Educational Background:

    • University of Melbourne Law School, Trinity College, LL.M. in International Law, Honors: Recipient of Rotary Foundation Scholarship, 1992
    • Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, B.S., Public Administration, Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Class Rank: 18/386; G.P.A.: 3.798/4.0, Honors: Pi Kappa Alpha (Social Fraternity), Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa (Honor Fraternity), Honors: Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Fraternity), 1985
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    2 20th St N
    Suite 1030
    Birmingham, AL 35203

    Phone: 205-725-5335

    Fax: 205-588-5231

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