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American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is an honorary professional association composed of experienced trial lawyers in the United States and Canada. 

The organization strives to maintain and improve the administration of justice, ethics in the profession, and the standards of trial practice. More than 5,700 lawyers and Judicial Fellows belong to the organization who recognize the importance of mastering the art of advocacy and adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism. 


Contact Information

Phone: (949) 752-1801
Fax: (949) 752-1674
Email: nationaloffice@actl.com
Website: www.actl.com


Purpose of the ACTL

The mission of the ACTL is to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.

The non-profit organization is an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers from diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada.  Nominees for admission are carefully screened for the demonstration of the highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality.


Benefits of Membership

One benefit of membership is being listed in the organization’s “Locate Attorney Search” feature of the website. You can search for an Attorney by name or city, state or province.


Upcoming Events of the ACTL

The 2017 ANNUAL MEETING of the ACTL is scheduled for September 14-17, 2017, at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal QC.


Awards of the ACTL

In March of 2017, the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) presented the Griffen Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy to criminal defense attorney Judy Clarke. Ms. Clark is also a Past President (1996-97) of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). The award is the highest honor conferred by an individual and honors trial lawyers who have persevered in the pursuit of an important cause despite substantial personal danger, fear, unpopularity, opposition or other extreme difficulties.


Additional Resources

ACTL on Facebook


This article was last updated on Monday, May 22, 2017.

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