Find Success at ADTAThe Tradition of Excellence Continues
An ADTA prime membership is, in essence, a statement of the high regard in which that defense trial attorney is held by his or her peers in the defense trial bar of their city and state or province.
ADTA invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population from various jurisdictions who have a trial practice and devote a substantial portion of their professional time to defending businesses, insurance companies or their insureds, associations, or governmental entities in civil litigation. An ADTA prime membership is, in essence, a statement of the high regard in which that defense trial attorney is held by his or her peers in the defense trial bar of their city and state or province.
About the ADTA
The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys has two main objectives: to provide an opportunity for the proven successful defense trial attorneys to associate with similarly qualified trial attorneys for professional, social and business purposes, and to identify the successful defense trial attorney for those persons in search of such an attorney.
The ADTA Foundation
Please donate to the ADTA Foundation to continue its Tradition of Excellence to members. The Foundation’s purpose is:
- To provide funds for exceptional CLE speakers,
- To provide a vehicle for ADTA members to make a tax-deductible donation to the ADTA, and
- For other charitable purposes as may be deemed appropriate by the ADTA membership.
Find an Attorney
Whether you are a member attempting to locate a fellow member or you are attempting to locate an experienced defense trial attorney to represent you or your client, use our extensive database to identify the ADTA attorney and obtain direct contact information.
We Prefer to Refer
At the 2009 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale Arizona, the Marketing Committee of ADTA introduced a new client referral network initiative, "We Prefer to Refer." As part of this program, the Marketing Committee created an award that will be given annually to the ADTA member who has best exemplified our commitment to refer business to other ADTA members.
Officers & Executive Council Members
Class of 2024
Class of 2026
From the President
Welcome to our website! I am excited to serve as President of the ADTA. In the coming year we will review our finances to better manage increasing meeting costs and to confirm our that expenditures provide the most value to our members. Under the leadership of Immediate Past President Evelyn Davis, the ADTA had a very successful year in gaining new members. We plan to continue the enthusiasm and renew our aspirational goal of recruiting 75 new members between now and next April. Our membership focus, this year, will be on recruiting Associate members. Only about one-fourth of our Prime members have recruited an Associate member from their firm to ADTA membership. Associate members add youth, diversity, and energy to our organization so, if you do not have an associate member, please consider adding one this year. They also expand your firm’s networking and improve your chances to receive referrals from other members. We are already focused on holding a great meeting in Sante Fe. We will stay at the historic LaFonda Hotel located in the center of downtown on the plaza in Santa Fe with the entire hotel devoted to the ADTA. The city is a mecca for artists, full of history, outdoor activities, great restaurants, and shopping. Mark your schedule now to attend. We do not want to miss anyone, and we do not want anyone to miss the fun.
Feel free to contact me anytime if you have suggestions for improving the ADTA, or any other topic. We believe we have a great organization. Your input helps keep us on track to providing and upgrading member value.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Santa Fe!
ADTA Members Did The ADTA Proud at DRI’s Annual Meeting
Several ADTA members did the ADTA Proud at Last Week’s DRI annual meeting in San Antonio.
ADTA member Jill Cranston Rice, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Morgantown, WV has been elected to the Second Vice President Position.
ADTA Past President Evelyn Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP, Atlanta, GA and the Presidents of the FDCC and IADC were awarded the John R. Kouris President’s award by DRI’s outgoing DRI President Lana Olson for fostering increased cooperation and collaboration between all four Defense sisters this past year.
ADTA member Amy L. Miletich, Miletich PC, Denver, CO was awarded the Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award for her professional service for DRI and its Foundation for over 30 years!
ADTA member Rachel Tallon Reynolds, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Seattle, WA was recognized as serving as the Northwest Regional Director.
Finally, ADTA members Tom Hurney, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV and Susan Gunter, Dutton Brock, LLP, Toronto, Canada received the G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award along with Marta-Ann Schnabel. (Recognizing the authors of the previous year’s outstanding feature article in For The Defense or In-House Defense Quarterly) “Non-Lawyer Investment in the Legal Economy”
What great achievements! Congratulations to everyone!
2023 ADTA Officers and Class of 2026 Announced
The ADTA Charleston, SC Annual Meeting is another one for the history books. If you have not attended one of our meetings, then you just don't know what you are missing. It's what ADTA is all about----friends, good times, EXCELLENT CLE and the opportunity to experience the best of the city's activities wherever the meeting is held. This year was particularly memorable as The Hood family offered up their beautiful family retreat at The Bluff. Nothing can compare. Thank you Jamie and Katy.
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, the now Immediate Past President led the meeting. Past President James "Jamie" B. Hood, Chair of the Nomination Committee, led the Business Meeting during which time the new slate of officers and Executive Council were presented and voted upon. James "Jim" P. Craig of Lederer Weston Craig, PLC, Cedar Rapids, IA was elected the 2023-2024 ADTA President. Following is the complete list of new officers and the Class of 2026
President: James P. Craig, Lederer, Weston Craig, PLC, Cedar Rapids, IA
President-Elect: Dyan Ebert, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., St. Cloud, MN
Vice President: Amanda Cialkowski, Nilan Johnson., Minneapolis, MN
Treasurer: Ronald L. Austin, Jr., Grant Law, LLC, Chicago, IL
Secretary: Monté L. Williams, Steptoe & Johnston, PLLC, The Woodlands, TX
Immediate Past President: Evelyn Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Class of 2026
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC400 Poydras Street, Suite 2700
New Orleans, LA 70130
Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, P.C.
500 W. Illinois, Suite 300, P.O. Box 2776
Midland, TX 79702-2776
701 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Congratulations to Jay Casini for be the recipient of the 2023 "Strubinger" Award. Read more here....
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