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National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA)

About the NCVBA


  • President: John Elliott Leighton
  • Executive Director: Renée E. Williams

Mission and History

Founded in April of 1999, the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) is an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime. The NCVBA is the nation's first professional association of attorneys and expert witnesses dedicated to helping victims seek justice through the civil court system.

By continuing the pioneering work of Frank Carrington, the National Crime Victim Bar Association is a testament to the National Center for Victims of Crime's long-standing commitment to civil justice for victims.

The NCVBA provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime.

Today, more attorneys than ever are representing crime victims in civil lawsuits, although relatively few specifically identify themselves as "crime victim" attorneys.




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Leadership and Advisory Board

Renée E. Williams

Executive Director
Washington, DC
John Elliott Leighton
Miami, FL
Konrad Kircher
Maineville, OH
Bradley Edwards
Advisory Board
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jeffrey R Anderson
Advisory Board
Saint Paul, MN
Benjamin D Andreozzi
Advisory Board
Harrisburg, PA

Past Presidents

Mary Alexander
San Francisco, CA
Leto Copeley
Raleigh, NC
Keith S. Franz
Keith S. Franz
Towson, MD
Jeffrey P Fritz
Philadelphia, PA
Michael Andrew Haggard
Coral Gables, FL

Contact the NCVBA

National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA)
3118 Washington Blvd Suite 101207
Arlington, 22210
Office: (202) 467-8753
Fax: (202) 467-8701

Online Profiles

More About the NCVBA

Benefits of Membership

Client Referrals

The National Crime Victim Bar Association helps crime victims from around the country find attorneys to represent them in civil suits arising out of criminal acts. We refer victims to NCVBA members in their local area.

The NCVBA conducts an extensive, on-going public education campaign about civil remedies for crime victims. We train crime victim service providers across the country:

  1. to have a basic understanding of the civil legal remedies that are available to crime victims;
  2. to inform crime victims about their right to consult with an attorney; and
  3. to direct crime victims to the NCVBA for referrals to local attorneys.

Expert Witnesses

The NCVBA refers attorney members to members who are expert witnesses and consultants with a broad range of expertise relevant to crime victim litigation.

The Civil Justice Database

A comprehensive resource of more than 12,000 annotated, civil appellate decisions focused exclusively on suits arising from criminal acts. The database is available on-line. Users can jump-start their research by searching in any combination of eighteen different categories including location of crime, type of crime, state, court, key word, and more.

Member Listserv

Our listserv provides a simple and effective way for our members to communicate with each other by email on important issues. You will automatically be enrolled in the listserv, but you may unsubscribe if you wish. To post a message, just send an email to victimbar@lists.ncvc.org.

CLE Discounts

Members receive significant discounts on the NCVBA's exciting educational programs on effective crime victim representation.

Website Members-Only Section

Provides a searchable membership directory, interactive message boards, past issues of Victim Advocate, access to the NCVBA Pleadings and Depositions Bank, news and NCVBA announcements, and much more.

Amicus Curiae Briefs

The National Crime Victim Bar Association manages the amicus curiae program for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the nation's largest not-for-profit resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. The National Center signs on to amicus curiae briefs in civil and criminal cases that may impact the rights of victims.  If you have a case in which you would like the National Center to submit an amicus brief, please call the NCVBA at (202) 467-8753.

Directory of Personal Injury Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of personal injury attorneys including those who represent victims of crime. This includes both NCVBA members and non-members. Use this directory to find a personal injury lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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