Annesley H. DeGaris is the founding partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm DeGaris & Rogers, LLC. He received his LL.M. from the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia, one of the top 10 law schools in the world, as the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Understanding. Mr. DeGaris earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Samford University.
He is recognized nationally for mass tort litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Mr. DeGaris also has an extensive practice in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. In conjunction with his mass tort practice, he has served in leadership positions in a variety of Multidistrict Litigations and currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee for In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2441, on the State Liaison Committee for In Re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406 and on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2666.
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 product liability cases involving 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, and The Alabama Association for Justice Journal. In addition to his publications, he is also a frequent lecturer nationally on a variety of litigation topics.