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American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

About the ABOTA


  • Founded: 1958


Since 1958, the American Board of Trial Advocates (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 7,600 members including plaintiff personal injury lawyers, civil defense lawyers and judges spread among 95 Chapters in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

ABOTA is an invitation-only organization requiring members to demonstrate significant litigation experience including at least 10 civil jury trials. ABOTA is a leading organization in the fight to preserve and protect Americans’ Seventh Amendment right to a civil jury trial, support judicial independence, and promote civility and professionalism by members of the bar and bench.




ABOTA Today - Comprised of Leading Trial Lawyers and Judges

What ABOTA Does


2020 National Officers

Luther J Battiste III
Columbia, SC
Grace Ann Weatherly
Denton, TX
Richard H Middleton Jr
Vice President
Savannah, GA
Jennifer Anne Haltom Doan
Texarkana, TX
Joel Wyman Collins Jr
Columbia, SC
Doris Cheng
San Francisco, CA
Michael Patrick Maguire
Past President
Costa Mesa, CA
Peter W Riley
Foundation President
Minneapolis, MN
Mark Parker Robinson Jr
Ex-Officio Member
Newport Beach, CA

ABOTA Fellows Active on Lawyer Legion

Brian Doster Chase
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
Newport Beach, CA
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Robert E Ammons
The Ammons Law Firm LLp
Houston, TX
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Christian Dietrich Searcy
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA
West Palm Beach, FL
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Forrest Gregory Barnhart
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnahrt & Shipley, P.A.
West Palm Beach, FL
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Bruce A Broillet
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
Santa Monica, CA
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Aaron Samuel Podhurst
Podhurst Orseck, PA
Miami, FL
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Contact the ABOTA

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
2001 Bryan St Suite 3000
Dallas, 75201
Office: (800) 932-2682

Directory of Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of civil plaintiff lawyers which includes both ABOTA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a personal injury lawyer, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the ABOTA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for ABOTA Life Fellows, Past Presidents, and ABOTA fellows who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the ABOTA.

Use this directory to find a personal injury attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

More About ABOTA


The American Board of Trial Advocates was formed to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy for individuals in the civil justice system. The organization works to preserve the jury system and improve the skills of trial lawyers.

By cultivating a spirit of loyalty, fellowship, and professionalism among its members, the organization advances the goals of trial lawyers as a group.

Membership classifications within the organization include:

  • member;
  • associate;
  • advocate;
  • diplomate;
  • honorary diplomate,
  • judge; and
  • emeritus member.

The organization also has an honorary category of membership for an international member or a senior member. The organization is governed by a National Board of Directors and Officers and by its constitution and bylaws.


Since 1957, the American Board of Trial Advocates responded to attacks on the civil justice system and its reliance on the jury system. As judges and politicians suggested eliminating jury trials for certain types of cases including workers' compensation, liability and other civil cases, civil trial attorneys decided to form an organization to promote the interest of individuals within the civil justice system.

Preserving the civil jury trial system was the primary purpose of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The organization seeks attorneys who display skill, civility, and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.

ABOTA is structured around the state, local, and regional chapters. With over 1,200 members, TEX-ABOTA is one of the largest regional chapters in ABOTA. Also, read more about the San Francisco Chapter of ABOTA.

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