The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 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 and Top 40 Under 40:
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.
Top 40 Under 40 invitees must be younger than 40 at the time of their nomination. The same criteria for membership in The National Trial lawyers apply to Top 40 Under 40 nominees.
“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