Civil Justice / Trial Lawyers Associations
Civil attorneys represent clients in a variety of different types of cases in civil court, including personal injury, medical malpractice, workers' compensations claims, Social Security disability claims and more. Although the definition of the term "civil trial attorney" has a broader technical application, the term is often used to describe the lawyer representing the plaintiff who initiates a lawsuit in the civil justice system.
Organizations of civil trial attorneys offer quality continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities for attorneys. Civil Justice or Trial Lawyer associations also advocate on justice issues, including promoting access to courts and against so-called "tort reform" measures.
Lawyer Legion is an independent media resource not affiliated with any legal associations. The logo for each of these associations are displayed simply as a visual indicator to help users identify each association. Below you will find a list of some of the most well-known civil justice and trial lawyer associations in the United States.
American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), has grown to be the foremost association in the nation for lawyers representing plaintiffs. AAJ strives to promote a fair and effective justice system and support attorneys in their efforts to ensure that persons injured by the misconduct or negligence... Read more »
Alabama Association for Justice - www.alabamajustice.org
Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers - www.alaskajustice.org
Arizona Association for Justice - www.aztla.org
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - www.arktla.org/
The Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) was founded in 1961 as a professional legal organization that provided continuing legal education to its members. Prior to 1995, the CAOC was known as the California Trial Lawyers... Read more »
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association - www.ctlanet.org/
Founded in 1954, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) is a professional legal association dedicated to preserving the rights of individuals against powerful corporations and the negligence of others. Today, the CTLA... Read more »
Founded in 1979, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association (DTLA) supports civil trial lawyers with networking, training and educational opportunities. Members of DTLA focus on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice... Read more »
The Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), works to protect the rights of individuals living in Florida to seek justice in the state's civil court system. With more than 3,000 members, FJA... Read more »
The Palm Beach County Justice Association is an organization of civil attorneys who represent plaintiffs in Florida's largest county. PBCJA was establsihed in 1988 to provide civil lawyers with educational opportunities and professional... Read more »
Since 1958, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Assciation (GTLA) has worked to strengthen Georgia's civil justice system in order to protect the rights of citizens and consumers in the State of Georgia. The GTLA hosts many of the best and... Read more »
The Hawai'i Association for Justice was originally established in 1983, as an affiliate of the American Association for Justice, a national organization. The organization was originally known as the Consumer Lawyers of Hawai'i. The... Read more »
The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association was created in 1972. Today it has grown to more than 400 members including attorneys, legal staff and law students. The ITLA is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the rights of citizens in the civil and criminal justice system. The organization also supports civil, criminal and workers' compensation attorneys. The ITLA also manages a Certification of Specialization Program which is approved by the Idaho State Bar to certify Idaho attorneys as a specialist in three areas: Civil Trial; Criminal Trial; and Workers' Compensation.
Founded in 1952, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) is a statewide organization for personal injury and civil trial lawyers. With approximately 2,000 members, ITLA is the largest organization in the State of Illinois for trial lawyers. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association strives to achieve and maintain high standards of professional ethics, competency and demeanor in the bench and bar while promoting the fair, prompt and efficient administration of justice. The ITLA fights to keep the civil justice system intact, uphold individual rights, and hold wrongdoers accountable.
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was established in 1956. The organization is dedicated to the constitutional rights of open access to the courts and equal protection under the law... Read more »
The Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) was established in 1973. Today, the organization has grown to nearly 1,000 Iowa attorneys who fight for justice in courtrooms throughout the state. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the IAJ... Read more »
The Kansas Association for Justice is non-profit specialty bar organization for trial lawyers in the State of Kansas. The organization was formally known as the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA).Members include trial attorneys focused on a variety of other practice areas including criminal defense, elder law, consumer law, family law, and workers compensation. The organization works to protect individual rights in the civil and criminal justice system, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary, and high standards of ethics. The organization trains and educates lawyers in trial techniques and courtroom advocacy.
The Kentucky Justice Association (KJA) was founded in 1954. Today, the organization has grown to nearly 1,400 members and evolved into a strong political voice for individual and consumer rights. The KJA is committed to... Read more »
The LAJ serves civil trial lawyers throughout the state of Louisiana from its headquarters in Baton Rouge. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Louisiana belong to this organization. Although both defense and plaintiff attorneys are members of the organization, most of the members represent plaintiffs in civil actions. The LAJ fights to protect the rights of the individual in our civil justice system and uphold the honor of the legal profession.
The Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) was established in 1963 as a state affiliate of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Headquartered in Augusta, Maine, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association provides training... Read more »
Maryland Association for Justice - www.marylandassociationforjustice.com/
The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) seeks to continually improve the safety of individuals and increase fair access to the Massachusetts justice system. The organization was established in 1975, and today has grown... Read more »
Michigan Association for Justice - www.michiganjustice.org/
The Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) is a legal organization for civil trial attorneys dedicated to protecting equal justice for all in courtrooms throughout Minnesota. The organization began informally in 1954. On April 13... Read more »
Mississippi Association for Justice - http://www.msaj.org/
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys - www.matanet.org/
Montana Trial Lawyers Association - www.monttla.com/
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys - www.nebraskatrial.com/
The Nevada Justice Association (NJA) is a statewide nonprofit professional organization of attorneys focused on a civil practice in plaintiff representation. Founded in 1966, NJA strives to strengthen the civil justice system and preserve... Read more »
New Hampshire Association for Justice - www.nhaj.org/
New Jersey Association for Justice - www.nj-justice.org/
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) - http://www.tanj.org/
The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and Foundation (NMTLA) is a statewide nonprofit organization for civil trial attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and... Read more »
The New York State Trial Lawyer Association (NYSTLA) began more than 60 years ago. In 1953, the organization was named the New York Association of Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers. Today, the NYSTLA has grown into a 4,600-member professional association. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in New York belong to this trusted organization.
Established in 2004, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers is dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the civil justice system. The Academy’s full-time professional lobbyists provide a strong presence in the state legislature on a wide variety of issues impacting the civil justice system. Members of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers include plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, government employees, law professors, law clerks, law secretaries, paralegals and law students. Many of the top civil trial lawyers in the State of New York belong to this organization.
North Dakota Association for Justice (NDAJ) is a nonprofit group for attorneys focused on a civil trial practice. Prior to January of 2008, the organization was known as the North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. With more than 100... Read more »
Ohio Association for Justice - www.oajustice.org/
The Oklahoma Association for Justice (OAJ) is a statewide non-profit organization for civil trial lawyers who are committed to the preservation of the right to trial in an adversary system. Established in 1946, the OAJ has a long... Read more »
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association - www.oregontriallawyers.org/
Pennsylvania Association for Justice - www.pajustice.org/
Rhode Island Association for Justice - www.rijustice.org/
South Carolina Association for Justice - www.scaj.com/
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association - www.sdtla.com/
The Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) is a statewide non-profit organization for trial lawyers throughout the state. Established in 1964, the TAJ strives to improve the civil justice system and preserve the right to a trial by... Read more »
Texas Trial Lawyers Association - www.ttla.com/
Utah Association for Justice - www.utahassociationforjustice.org/
The Vermont Association for Justice (VTAJ) is a statewide non-profit association of trial lawyers. VAJ serves to support trial attorneys through Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, publications and networking opportunities. With... Read more »
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - www.vtla.com/
Washington State Association for Justice - www.washingtonjustice.org/
West Virginia Association for Justice - www.wvaj.org/
Wisconsin Association for Justice - www.wisjustice.org/
The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association is the state's largest voluntary statewide legal organization. With offices in Cheyenne and Thermopolis, the WTLA serves attorneys throughout the state, particularly civil justice attorneys... Read more »
The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation-only organization for approximately 100 of the top civil plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. Founded in 1972, the Inner Circle of Advocates promotes "the highest standards of... Read more »
Since 1958, the American Board of Trial Advocates (known as "ABOTA") has worked to advance the civil jury trial and elevate the standards of integrity, civility and professionalism in the legal profession. The organization has more than 6,700 members including lawyers and judges spread among 95 Chapters in all 50 States and the District of Columbia...
Local Civil Justice / Trial Attorney Association
- Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association ("CCTLA") of Sacramento, CA - cctla.com
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles CAALA - www.caala.org/
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego - www.casd.org/
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association - www.sftla.org/
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association - www.octla.org/
- Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association - www.wptla.org/
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association - www.philatla.org/
Article last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2016.