Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Cory J. Person, Esq. is a Partner with our Tampa office, practicing in the firm’s complex Liability and Labor & Employment practice groups.  Cory has extensive experience defending businesses, religious and charitable organizations and individuals in matters arising from claims of premises liability, negligent security, product liability, construction defect, automobile negligence, and claims brought against employers pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.

For the past two years, Cory has served as Secretary and Board Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, respectively, as well as a Board member of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National of the National Bar Association and George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA).  Prior to this year, Cory served as the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 President of GEBA and has been a member of GEBA’s Board of Director’s since 2007.  Cory is a member of the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and currently serves as chair of the Committee’s Judicial Nominating Commission Outreach sub-committee.  In addition, Cory serves as the Membership co-chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Labor & Employment Committee.

Cory graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Political Science and received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  During law school, Cory served as president of the UNC Broun National Trial Team and UNC Trial Law Academy, and was Managing Editor of the UNC First Amendment Law Review.

Prior to law school, Cory served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Among the awards Cory received for his service are the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.


  • Methodist University
    Bachelor of Science
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
January 01, 2015 PUBLICATIONA Legacy That Lasts: George E. Edgecomb

In Florida, one becomes accustomed to the sight of bridges. Indeed, bridges are everywhere across our fair state, allowing travelers to cross expanses of water, vast or small, to arrive at our intended destination. Rarely noticed or noted are those who came before to build the bridge, across which so many have traveled. Every so often, however, a bridge is built so exceedingly well that its builder must be etched in history. Such is the case of the late Honorable George E. Edgecomb.

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Blog Posts

October 15, 2015 BLOG POSTMarried to the Church: Potential Implications of Obergefell in the Context of Religious Discrimination

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges [1] may have far reaching implications in the world of religious organizations opposed to same-sex marriage. 

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April 06, 2015 BLOG POSTThe Implications of Another Final Four: Northwestern Football, the NCAA, the NLRB & The College Athletes Players Association

It’s that time of year, again, when we have all been whipped into frenzy over Cinderella tales, upsets, and historic feats. Of course, for those of us with ties to Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Maryland, the next few days have prove even more fanatical. It is difficult to watch these very talented young athletes, who have obviously spent hours upon hours training over years of honing their skills, without thinking “should these kids be considered employees for all of the extra time they...

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February 25, 2015 BLOG POSTThe Case of the Millennial Juror

As Employment Litigators, we are always mindful of the varied perspectives, cultural backgrounds and potential biases that individuals may bring with them to the jury box, and later, to their deliberations. This is particularly true today, when individual perspectives are shaped so drastically by social media and the 24 hour news cycle. I recently came across an article entitled “Your Jury Box In the 21st Century”[1] that provided great insight into the mind of a very specific type of juror – the oft terror inducing “Millennial Juror.”...

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July 09, 2014 NEWSCory Person appointed as secretary of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
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June 01, 2012 NEWSCory Person Elected President of GEBA
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April 30, 2012 NEWSCory Person wins GEBA's President's Award for Service
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Church Organizations
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Employment Law
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • General Liability - Coverage