Samuel A. Cherry, Jr. was born and raised in Dothan Alabama, and has been practicing law for the past 36 years fighting to protect the rights of the injured and their families.
Mr. Cherry is nationally acclaimed for verdicts and settlements in products liability cases where, as the lead lawyer for the plaintiff, he has obtained over $160 million for his clients. He has been very instrumental in the development of product liability claims against manufacturers of defective aerial lift devices.
As a result of his efforts, new and better safety features have been incorporated within the aerial lift device industry. Known and respected by his clients and his colleagues in the legal profession.
Mr. Cherry has an AV rating in personal injury, litigation and products liability, given by his fellow lawyers and judges. This is the highest rating that you can obtain. Mr. Cherry’s life experiences have prepared him for representing those injured in accidents.
When he was 11 years old he was involved in a horrible vehicle accident that cost him his left eye and seriously disfigured his face. He also had other orthopedic injuries involving his spine, arms and legs. He was unconscious for 3 weeks and has had over 20 surgeries to try to correct some of the damage done.
The first 4 years after the accident were the worst psychologically because they had to wait on my facial structure to mature before they could do most of the re-constructive work. I have a lot of reminders and I feel strongly that this life experience has made me a better advocate for my clients.
I don’t have to read books about Pain and Suffering. I have personally lived it. There is a difference. In addition to his legal work on behalf of his clients, Mr. Cherry is also well-known for his commitment to giving back to Dothan and the Wiregrass area.
He was one of two owners who developed Justice Park for the community to enjoy. In 1984, Mr. Cherry co-formed and controlled an investment company that developed the old “SEARS” building at the intersection of Oates and Main in Dothan.
When finished it was considered by many as The Crown Jewel of downtown redevelopment. He and his law firm have practiced here since 1986. In 1998, Mr. Cherry was one of the four founding partners in what became known as The Cochran Firm.
The Cochran Firm grew into a national law firm with offices in over 20 cities across the country. The administrative offices for The Cochran Firm are located in the office building in downtown Dothan. Mr. Cherry continues to own 40% of the national firm and remains very active in it on a national level.
Mr. Cherry is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Tennessee and Washington DC and throughout his career he has handled cases in 16 different states as lead counsel for the plaintiff. Mr. Cherry is a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice, and the Million Dollar Advocate Forum.
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