Corey Stern is an advocate for the environment and children’s’ rights. He represents individuals who have been catastrophically injured, with an emphasis on children that have suffered brain damage from lead poisoning or individuals that have suffered from sexual abuse. Corey has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients in verdicts and settlements and has garnered a national reputation for his work on lead poisoning and sexual abuse cases. Corey regularly serves as “first chair”/lead trial attorney in complex personal injury trials. In addition to his trial work, Corey has written, argued, and won important legal rulings throughout the United States while prosecuting his cases.
Corey is an innovator in national lead poisoning cases. He is currently representing more than 2500 children (on an individual, case-by-case basis) who were lead poisoned in Flint, Michigan, from the consumption of water from the Flint River.
On November 15, 2016, Corey was appointed “Lead Counsel” for all plaintiffs maintaining claims in the Circuit Court of Genesee County for personal injuries and property damage sustained as a result of the Flint Water Crisis. Eight months later, on July 27, 2017, Corey was appointed “Liaison Counsel” in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, for all individual personal injury and property damage cases pending before the Court arising out of the crisis.
On August 12, 2020, Corey signed a settlement agreement with the State of Michigan for 600 million dollars. As an architect of the the settlement, Corey successfully advocated for children, insisting that the majority of the money paid by the State be paid to the most vulnerable, specifically kids age six and younger. Corey also successfully fought for the kids being treated individually, and NOT as part of a class action. The settlement marked the largest paid by the State in its history, and represented a watershed moment for the under-served community, particularly for its children.
Corey routinely speaks around the United States at seminars and conferences on topics related to his work. Corey has testified before New York’s City Council on the subject of lead poisoning and the City’s public housing crisis.
Jonathan Amarilio is joined by Corey Stern, lead counsel for the plaintiffs injured in the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Corey discusses the origins of the water crisis, the role citizen advocates played in seeking government accountability, and how he became involved in the case.
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