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Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)

About the OTLA


  • Attorney Members: 1,000+
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

Mission and History

The mission of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association is to ensure access to Oregon’s justice system, promote juries and jury service.

For nearly 65 years, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and its member attorneys have advocated for workers' rights, eliminating discrimination in the workplace, safeguarding the environment, access to quality health care, and protecting the rights of consumers.

OTLA is a powerful voice for Oregonians' rights and equal access to justice. With more than 1,000 attorneys members and 300 other members who are professionals in the civil justice field, this trusted non-profit organization promotes the civil justice rights of all Oregonians.

Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Oregon belong to this trusted organization.



Board of Governors

Timothy L Williams
Bend, OR
Lara Christine Johnson
Eugene, OR
Blair Townsend
Secretary / Treasurer
Portland, OR
Robert C Kline
Portland, OR
Tom D'Amore
AAJ Governor
Portland, OR
Ronald H Elzinga
Immediate Past President
Portland, OR
Marcia L Alvey
District 1
Portland, OR
Melissa A Bobadilla
District 1
Beaverton, OR
Kelly L Andersen
District 2
Medford, OR

Contact the OTLA

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
812 SW Washington Suite 900
Portland, OR 97205
Office: (503) 223-5587

More About the OTLA


To join the OTLA, the attorney must primarily represent plaintiffs in personal injury, civil rights, employment, workers' compensation or business tort litigation.

Benefits of membership include:

  • access to the OTLA listservs;
  • quality continuing legal education seminars;
  • a more united voice before the state legislature; and
  • networking opportunities with attorneys fighting similar battles.

Another important benefit of joining OTLA is a subscription to its quarterly magazine called the "Trial Lawyer Magazine" and its monthly newsletter called "Sidebar." Members also enjoy a listing in the OTLA Membership Directory.

Membership dues vary based on the category of membership which includes annual dues of:
New admittees: Free membership for the first year

  • 1 – 3 years: $105 
  • 4-6 years: $210 
  • 7-9 years: $315 
  • 10-14 years: $420 
  • 15+ years: $525. 

Legal Aid attorneys are eligible for a discounted rate of $80 for membership regardless of the number of years in practice.

Directory of Personal Injury Lawyers in Oregon

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of lawyers in Oregon which includes both OTLA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a personal injury attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the OTLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for OTLA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the OTLA.

Use this directory to find an Oregon personal injury lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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