Firm Memberships


Attorney Memberships & Distinguished Organizations

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. 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. 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.

Defense Research Institute
The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. DRI provides numerous educational and informational resources to DRI members and offers many opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, Corporate America, and state and local defense organizations. DRI also has an international presence, seeking to enhance understanding of the law among members of the defense community who have reason to be concerned with the expanding globalization of litigation defense. The organization’s primary areas of focus are Education, Justice, Balance, Economics, and Professionalism and Service.

Litigation Counsel of America
The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) is an invitation- only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) is an association of Ohio attorneys who represent the interests of defendants in tort litigation and other parties in civil disputes who are paid for their services other than principally out of the recovery they obtain, and personnel from corporations, government bodies and insurance companies responsible for managing such matters, formed to act together to advocate in the courts, to educate the bar on common problems and to serve the public by promoting and improving the administration of justice. Started in 1965 as the Ohio Defense Association and then later renamed the OACTA, its mission has always been to promote fairness, excellence, and integrity in the civil justice system by providing resources and education to attorneys and others dedicated to the defense of civil actions.

Professional Liability Defense Federation
The Professional Liability Defense Federation™ (PLDF) is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims. Its goal is to harness this expertise in one organization devoted solely to improving the management and defense of professional liability claims. To accomplish its mission, PLDF publishes the journal Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, sponsors an annual meeting offering valuable law development seminars and member connection opportunities, offers amicus support in important appellate proceedings, produces news summaries of national malpractice case developments, and facilitates confidential communications among members.

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