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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association was first established in Williamsburg in 1959. Today, VTLA is headquartered in Richmond, VA.

The VTLAis a nonprofit, nonstock corporation organized under the provisions of the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. Va. Code Sec. 13.1-801 et seq.The heart of theVTLA is the attorneys who volunteer on Board committees.

With approximately 2,000 members across the Commonwealth, the VTLA represents clients across a large number of practice areas.

Thevoluntary bar association enhances the knowledge, skills and professionalism of trial lawyers. The VTLA is committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.

Categories of Membership in VTLA

The categories of members in VTLA include:

  • Active Members - Members are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar, and pay annual dues;
  • Sustaining and Patron Members - Active members provide additional financial support above and beyond the regular membership dues;
  • Life Members - Life members pay a lump sum amount but are not required to pay annual dues to have the same rights and privileges of other active members;
  • Honorary Members - Members who are elected but are not required to pay dues;
  • Associate Members - Members who are not licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia but are licensed to practice law in some other jurisdiction;
  • Student Members - Any person may be elected a student member of this association under procedures as adopted from time to time by the Board; 
  • Allied Members - Any person who is employed as a legal assistant or paralegal by an attorney member in good standing shall be eligible to become an allied member of this association.

Sections of the VTLA

The following sections are established within the VTLA:

  • Criminal
  • Domestic Relations
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment/Civil Rights
  • Products' Liability
  • Social Security Disability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer
  • Professional Liability
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Long Term Care Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Young Trial Lawyers
  • Women's Caucus

Additional Resources

Virginia Criminal Justice Conference - VTLA is the host organization for the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, an annual gathering of criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, law professors and legislators working to promote improvements to the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system.

Virginia Family Law Legislative Coalition - Making the law work better for Virginia families, the Virginia Family Law Legislative Coalition is jointly administered and provided lobbying support by the VTLA and the Virginia Bar Association.

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation - The Foundation provides educational programs for trial lawyers, law students and the public. The Foundation activities include support of a moot court and trial advocacy competitions.

This article was last updated on Monday, December 23, 2019.