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The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)

Founded in 1941, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys is an association of attorneys who provide a complete legal service to persons or companies who require defense within the civil justice system.

Members of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys include trial lawyer doing principally defense work in insurance and self-insurer activities with more than five (5) years defense trial experience. Members also include corporate counsel and employees of insurance companies or self-insureds are ineligible for membership. The organization was formally known as the Association of Insurance Attorneys.

The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys is an association of attorneys who provide a complete legal service to persons or companies who require defense within the civil justice system.

Upcoming events include the 75th Annual Meeting will take place in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Plaza on April 20 - 25, 2016.


Contact Information:

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)
4135 Topsail Trail
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Website: https://adtalaw.com

Types of Membership in the ADTA

Membership classifications include both prime members and associate members.


Prime Members: The first lawyer member from a firm is the prime member. There can only be one Prime Member from any town, city, or metropolitan area of less than a million population. One additional Prime Member is allowed for each additional one million population, or portion thereof, for a city or metropolitan area. An ADTA prime membership is, in essence, a statement of the high regard in which defense trial attorneys are held by his or her peers in the defense trial bar of their city and state or province.

Associate Members: Partners or associates of a Prime Member are eligible and encouraged for membership as Associate Members, at the will of the Prime Member.

Membership Dues: Prime Members’ annual dues for the fiscal year beginning April 1st are $400, regardless of the size of the city. Associates' dues are $300. In addition:
  1. the Prime Member is expected to be a member of Defense Research Institute (DRI).
  2. Associate Membership terminates upon the death or disqualification for membership of the Prime Member. However, the Associate Member may then apply for the Prime Membership, if qualified.

Benefits of Membership

The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys has two primary goals:

  • to provide an opportunity for the proven successful defense trial attorneys to associate with similarly qualified trial attorneys for professional, social and business purposes; and
  • to identify the successful defense trial attorney for those persons in search of such an attorney.

Recipients of the "We Prefer to Refer" Award

The previous recipients of the "We Prefer to Refer" Award include:

  • 2014 - Matthew W. Bailey, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2013 - Jean M. Lawler, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 - Fred Raschke, Galveston, TX
  • 2011 - Douglas M. McIntosh, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 2010 - Robert H. Hood, Charleston, SC

This article about an association for civil defense trial lawyers was last updated on Friday, February 26, 2016.

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