Who We Are

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

ABOTA is an invitation-only organization. Members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism by following our Code of Professionalism and Principles of Civility.

Read ABOTA's Constitution and Bylaws.

Our Mission

The general purposes of this Association shall be to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.

Trial by Jury - Your Precious Right

America's greatness lies in its people. And in its people lies the foundation of justice -- trial by jury. The Seventh Amendment is a precious right that is increasingly under attack by those who would eliminate justice by the people in favor of justice by the bureaucracy. In 2014, ABOTA founded Save Our Juries, a public education campaign aimed at informing and mobilizing citizens in the fight to save our disappearing Seventh Amendment right, which guarantees a jury trial for civil cases in federal courts. Follow us on Twitter @SaveOurJuries.

Judicial Independence

ABOTA is committed to preserving the independence of the judiciary, recognizing that judicial impartiality and fairness protect against the whims and demands of the government and special interests.

To learn more about the importance of an independent judiciary, read our whitepaper Preserving a Fair, Impartial and Independent Judiciary.

Chapter Activities

The mission of ABOTA is also carried out through the activities of its local chapters:
  • Interaction with the judiciary through events honoring local, state and federal judges
  • Juror education and recognition
  • Educational programs
  • Scholarships for local graduating law students and providing speakers at area schools

Visit our Chapter page to learn more about our local chapters and how you can partner with them.

American Civl Trial Bar Roundtable

The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable mission is to improve and protect all aspects of the civil justice system through shared, substantive and collaborative discourse on matters concerning the civil justice system, including the right to trial by jury, the existence of an adequately funded and independent judiciary, assurance of ethics and civility in the practice of law, and civic education of the public.

Read more about the Roundtable and the participating organizations.

ABOTA Foundation

The mission of the ABOTA Foundation is to promote and improve the American civil justice system and to preserve the Seventh Amendment right to civil jury trials for future generations. Learn more about the ABOTA Foundation on the Foundation website abota.org/foundation.

Support the Foundation by purchasing ABOTA gear from the Foundation store.