American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

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.

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.

ABOTA is a leading organization in the fight to preserve and protect Americans’ right to a jury trial, support judicial independence, and promote civility and professionalism by members of the bar and bench.



Contact Information:

American Board of Trial Advocates
2001 Bryan St., Suite 3000
Dallas, TX 75201
(800) 932-2682
(214) 871-7523
(214) 871-6025 fax
Website:American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

The Purpose of 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.


History of ABOTA

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.


Past and Future ABOTA Events

Past and future ABOTA events include:

  • 2019 - ABOTA National Board Meeting on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Washington D.C.
  • 2020 ABOTA NATIONAL TRIAL COLLEGE at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT, on June 7, 2020
  • 2020 ABOTA NATIONAL BOARD MEETING - SEATTLE, WA on June 5, 2020
  • 2020 - ABOTA's Board Meeting - Montreal, QC, CA on October 2, 2020

Additional Resources:

ABOTA on Twitter
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ABOTA on LinkedIn

This article was last updated on Thursday, September 5, 2019.