About the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) is a voluntary statewide bar association formed in 1960 to promote professionalism and competency within the trial bar.

VTLA has several thousand attorney members across the state who litigate in a variety of areas, including administrative, family, criminal, Workers' Compensation, and personal injury law. VTLA also has law student and paralegal/support staff members across the state.

Our members are advocates for injured victims and individual rights in all arenas. They are strong supporters of the fundamental right to trial by jury and the preservation and continued improvement of our civil justice system. The Association is committed to educating its members with ourstanding continuing legal education programming, and educating the public about trial lawyers and the importance of the jury in our justice system.

"The Road to Virginia Justice" is one of those educational tools. This recently updated award-winning video program has helped more than 16,000 students statewide better understand the criminal and civil justice system. VTLA also sponsors bicycle safety days in schools and distributes helmets to needy children. Additionally, we sponsor an annual  "Excellence in Journalism" award, identifying and rewarding media efforts to expose and correct societal conditions damaging to consumers.

VTLA's voice is heard in public, legislative, judicial and regulatory forums.

Our attorney members are generally from small to mid-sized firms and spend a substantial portion of their time in the courtroom. Throughout the year, they receive award-winning publications dealing with issues of importance to practicing trial attorneys, discounts on continuing legal education programs, access to a vast databank of depositions and other information through TrialSmith, and discounts on other services.

VTLA is an affiliate of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is governed by a statewide Board of Governors with support from numerous committee volunteers.