Trial lawyers ensure accountability from the most powerful of interests in the only realm where all parties are viewed as equals - our courts. From landmark litigation to otherwise routine cases, trial lawyers represent average people who seek fairness and justice.
Although the definition of the term "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. Civil trial attorneys represent clients in a variety of different types of cases in civil court, including personal injury, medical malpractice, workers' compensation claims, Social Security disability claims and more.
To a lesser degree, the term "trial attorney" might also include criminal defense attorneys who represent individuals accused of a crime within the criminal justice system, although associations focused primarily on criminal defense are more popular with those attorneys.
Organizations for trial attorneys offer quality continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities for attorneys. Civil justice and 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 is displayed simply as a visual indicator to help users identify each association. In this list, you will find many of the most well-known civil justice and trial lawyer associations in the United States at the national, state, and local level.
American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), serves lawyers representing plaintiffs in civil lawsuits. AAJ strives to promote a fair and effective justice system and support attorneys in their efforts to ensure justice after misconduct or negligence.
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...
Since 1958, the American Board of Trial Advocates (known as "ABOTA") 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.
Founded in April of 1999, the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) created the nation's first professional association of attorneys dedicated to helping victims seek justice through the civil system.
Founded in 1954, the Alabama Association for Justice is a group of attorneys from different practice areas within Alabama’s civil justice system. The ALAJ conducts business under the direction of seven Officers and eleven members of the Board of Directors. Read more »
The Alaska Trial Lawyers (ATL) is a nonprofit organization comprised of trial lawyers who represent the interests of people who have been injured or who have unfairly suffered due to the negligent action of others.Read more »
Founded in 1964, as the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the name was later changed to the Arizona Association for Justice ("AzAJ"). The mission of the AzAJ is to strengthen and uphold the civil justice system and protect the rights of Arizona citizens and consumers. Read more »
Founded in 1963, the members of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association is the state's largest and most active voluntary statewide legal organization. The organization represents Arkansas’ trial attorneys practice in civil and criminal trial law. Read more »
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 »
Other location organizations in California include:
Established in 1953, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) is an organization for civil trial attorneys who work each day to increase public safety and protect the right to trial by jury. With more than 1,300 members, the CTLA has grown to the largest specialty bar association in the state of Colorado. Read more »
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. 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 and medical malpractice. Read more »
The Trial Lawyers of Washington, D.C. (TLA-DC) was formed in 1955. The organization includes many of the top trial lawyers practicing in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. 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. Read more »
Other local organizations in Florida include:Palm Beach County Justice Association
Since 1958, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (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 personal injury attorneys in the State of Georgia. 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. Read more »
The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association was created in 1972. Today it has grown to more than 400 members. The ITLA 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. Read more »
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 association maintains high standards of professional ethics, competency, and demeanor in the bench and bar. Read more »
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. The association is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. 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. Read more »
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. 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. Read more »
The Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) was established in 1963 as a state affiliate of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The association is headquartered in Augusta, Maine. Read more »
The Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., provides support, training, and education to its members which include more than 1,300 plaintiff attorneys across the state. From its headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, the MAJ works to preserve individual rights within the civil justice system. Read more »
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 »
The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) was formally known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA). The MAJ is a non-profit membership association dedicated to furthering civil justice and the rights of those wrongfully injured. Read more »
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 »
Founded in 1964, the members of the Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ) are committed to strengthening the civil justice system so that deserving individuals receive justice and wrongdoers are held accountable in our civil justice system. The offices for MAJ are located in Jackson, MS. Read more »
The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) is a statewide membership association of approximately 1,200 attorneys. Members of MATA are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals to pursue justice when they are injured. Read more »
The Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) is a non-profit organization for attorneys in Montana who represent litigants to secure a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Read more »
Founded in 1958, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys ("NATA") is dedicated to the improvement of trial practice and preservation of the jury system. Read more »
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 »
The New Hampshire Association for Justice is a statewide professional association of trial attorneys practicing in the civil justice system. Read more »
The New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) was founded in the 1940s and incorporated in 1976. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
For more than 50 years, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice is a non-profit association of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights through community, education, and advocacy. Read more »
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 »
The Ohio Association for Justice ("OAJ") is the only statewide association of attorneys whose mission is to protect access to the civil justice system for all Ohioans. The OAJ works to strengthen the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice and wrongdoers are held accountable. Roughly 1,500 lawyer members of the OAJ focus on specialty areas of the law including workers’ compensation, personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, family law, consumer law, insurance law, employment, and civil rights law, environmental law, and general negligence.Read more »
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 »
The mission of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association is to ensure access to Oregon’s justice system, promote juries and jury service. Read more »
The Pennsylvania Association for Justice is a leading organization for preserving tort reform and developing a revolutionary approach to workers comp insurance litigation. Read more »
Other civil justice and trial lawyers association in Pennsylvania include:
Regular members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice must be licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Rhode Island, of good moral character... Read more »
The South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association is comprised of attorneys in South Dakota who devote a substantial portion of their practice to the defense of civil actions. Read more »
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 »
Founded in 1949, the members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association include plaintiff's attorneys who meet the membership criteria of the organization. Read more »
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 »
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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 »
This article was last updated on Monday, September 9, 2019.