Overview

Cory Person is a “big picture” thinker, providing thoughtful, creative and practical insights for clients.

Cory’s practice is primarily focused on the defense of products liability, premises liability, negligent security, general negligence and complex tort claims. He also has experience representing employers in litigation arising out of discrimination, harassment and restrictive covenant agreements. 

Cory is passionate about diversity and inclusion within the legal industry and serves as the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Shareholder. He is a two-term past president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) and is a former member of the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Outside the office, Cory enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading non-fiction works, watching New York Giants football, and CrossFit.

Honors

  • Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite (2018)
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association President’s Award

Credentials & Experience

Education

Methodist University, 2002, magna cum laude: Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2006

  • President, UNC Trial Law Academy and Trial Team
  • Gressman-Pollitt Award for Exemplary Skill in Appellate Advocacy
  • Managing Editor, UNC First Amendment Law Review

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association 

Court Admissions

All Florida State Courts

S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Experience

  • Representing a national heavy construction equipment lessor in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions
  • Representing national retailers in multiple premises liability actions
  • Representing multi-unit condominium and apartment complex owners against negligent security claims

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • City of Tampa's Economic Advisory Team (2020)
  • Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation: Board Member 
  • Bay Area Legal Services Development Council
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: President (2021-2022)
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association: Past President (2012-2014)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, Inc.
  • City of Tampa Civil Service Board

Military Service

  • Army Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal

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