Association History

The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) is comprised of some of the finest trial attorneys in the various states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and France and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Founded as the Association of Insurance Attorneys (AIA) in 1941, it has established itself as one of the major defense trial attorney organizations in the legal profession.

The Association counts among its present and past members lawyers who have served as President of the American Bar Association, presidents of state bar associations, and leaders of many national, state and local defense associations. Many of its members have moved from private practiceto serve in the judiciary. The ADTA proudly champions the jury trial system as being essential to our American system of juris prudence.

A look back at its history provides not only a fascinating view of one aspect of the legal profession, but demonstrates the commitment of many lawyers to better serve their clients, community and the law.

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About ADTA

An ADTA prime membership is, in essence, a statement of the high regard in which defense trial attorneys are held by his or her peers in the defense trial bar of their city and state or province.

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