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New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

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.

This non-profit organization works to rebuild and improve the image of the legal profession. The Academy's diverse membership base and strong grassroots network allow us to advocate on a wide array of legislative and political issues.

Members of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (often called 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 personal injury trial lawyers in the State of New York belong to this organization. 

Contact Information:

New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
39 N Pearl Street
Albany, New York 12207
Phone - (518) 364-4044
Email - info@trialacademy.org
Website - https://trialacademy.org

Joining the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

Benefits of joining the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers include:

  1. Free attendance at high-quality Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs;
  2. Access "at cost" to all past CLEs ($20.00/CD or $30.00/DVD and only $10 for online streaming courses regardless of the number of credits);
  3. Weekly Department Updates via email which summarizes important cases from each of New York's four Appellate Divisions;
  4. Invitations to social and networking events each year; and
  5. Use of the Brief Bank, CLE Materials Library and Daily E-Clips new service of the latest legal headlines.

Membership Dues in the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

The yearly membership dues for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers are:

$1,200 – Firm Membership (covers up to ten firm attorneys and paralegals)
$500 – Sustaining Membership
$250 – Attorneys Admitted for Five Years or More
$175 – Attorneys Admitted for Less than Five Years
$100 – Paralegals (with the subscribing attorney)
$100 – Non-Judicial Government Employees
$55 – Law Professors
Free – Members of the Judiciary, their Clerks and Law Secretaries
Free – Law Students

Special membership rates are available to the alumni of Syracuse University College of Law who enjoy 25% off all the above individual membership levels. Additionally, members of the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association enjoy a 50% discount on the individual membership levels.

Past Presidents of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

The president-elect, current president and past presidents of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers are listed below.

  • Hadley L. Matarazzo - Rochester 
  • Mitchell Proner - New York
  • 2014-2015 - Hon. John C. Cherundolo - Syracuse
  • 2013-2014 - Joseph Bavaro - Woodbury
  • 2012-2013 - James Reid - Syracuse
  • 2011-2012 - Glenn Verchick - New York
  • 2010-2011 - Anthony Bottar - Syracuse
  • 2009-2010 - James Wilkens - Uniondale
  • 2008-2009 - Robert Brenna - Rochester
  • 2007-2008 - John Bonina - Brooklyn
  • 2006-2007 - Robert Lahm - Syracuse
  • 2004-2006 - John Powers - Albany

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This article was last updated on Thursday, January 30, 2020.