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About The National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. This national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers. The mission of The National Trial Lawyers is to combine resources, power, and influence into formidable forces to preserve and protect individual rights, our profession, and the judicial system.

About Our Specialty Associations

The National Trial Lawyers is delighted to announce that we have recently undertaken management of numerous Specialty Associations and will expand the offering of additional Specialty Associations by The National Trial Lawyers. These Specialty Associations by The National Trial Lawyers cover almost every area of today’s hottest litigation, giving our members a more in-depth focus on these specific areas of law and a profitable advantage in their day-to-day practice.

Membership in The Criminal Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 is limited to the Top 25 lawyers in each state. The criteria for membership include:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Achievements as a specialist in the above Criminal Defense
  • Board certification ( if available by State Bar recognition) as a lawyer in the specialty area
  • Nominations from leading lawyers, current members and Executive Committee members of the Criminal Defense

Memberships are reviewed annually to assure that the membership of The Criminal Trial Lawyers Association is made up of only the finest and best Criminal Defense attorneys from each state or region.  All members are automatically reconsidered for membership.


It is our mission to use these Specialty Associations to help our members become the strongest and the most effective litigators in the country. The National Trial Lawyers organization is proud to have a vast and diverse membership of attorneys who practice all areas of civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law from all across the nation, and through our Specialty Associations we hope to bring our members together with networking and educational opportunities. Together, our members are committed to the preservation of the civil justice system that protects all Americans.For whom trial lawyers have the responsibility to secure the vitality of the American justice system and the assurance of equal justice for all.

Our Specialty Associations

Currently, we have 19 active Specialty Associations available for membership:

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