Membership

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.  It is the mission of The National Trial Lawyers to provide networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers.
 

Eligibility for Top 100:

 
Membership in The National Trial Lawyers is limited to the Top 100 civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers in each state or from highly-populated regions of states. Members of The National Trial Lawyers are encouraged to nominate  their peers for membership.  Prospective members are carefully screened before being invited to join.  The criteria for membership include:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer
  • Board certification as a trial lawyer
  • Nominations  from leading trial lawyers, current members and Executive Committee members
  • Leadership and membership in other national and state trial lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations

 

Nominees must be trial lawyers actively practicing either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Civil defense attorneys who represent corporations or insurance companies may not be invited. Memberships  are reviewed annually to assure that the membership of The National Trial lawyers is made up of only the finest and best trial attorneys from each state or region.  All members are automatically reconsidered for membership.
 

Eligibility for Top 40 Under 40:

 
To encourage and recognize premier younger lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers invites its Top 100 members to submit nominations of outstanding attorneys younger than the age of 40 for inclusion in our Top 40 Under 40 section.  Only 40 young attorneys from each state or region will be selected for membership each year.  Qualifications are essentially the same as those for the Top 100; nominees should demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense attorneys.  The membership committee will consider:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer
  • Board certification as a trial lawyer
  • Nominations from leading trial lawyers, current members and Executive Committee members
  • Leadership and membership in other national and state trial lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations

 
Civil defense attorneys who represent corporations or insurance companies may not be invited.  Existing memberships are reviewed each year to assure that Top 40 Under 40 members are maintaining their qualifications.  All members are automatically reconsidered for membership until they reach the age of 40.


“The jury system has come to stand for all we mean by English justice, because so long as a case has to be scrutinized by twelve honest men [and women], defendant and plaintiff alike have a safeguard from arbitrary perversion of the law.”
– Winston Churchill