Orange County Trial Lawyers Association


Formed in 1963, when plaintiffs’ attorneys gathered to share information and exchange tips and strategies with one another, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) has grown into one of the largest and most influential Affiliate Bar organizations in Orange County. Now in its fifty-fourth year, OCTLA is stronger than ever, dedicated to promoting quality representation of consumers and employees while educating and supporting our membership. In addition, OCTLA is at the forefront of efforts to ensure full funding of the courts, so that access to justice is preserved for everyone. Below is an overview of just some of the benefits that OCTLA members enjoy.

Best Networking Opportunities in Orange County: It’s no secret that OCTLA is one of the most prominent bar organizations in Orange County, and members are treated to regular networking opportunities with judges and top lawyers in the county at special events and our monthly dinner meetings.

Relevant and Interesting Educational Events: Not all MCLE educational events are created equal. OCTLA provides monthly opportunities to earn MCLE credits while learning about relevant issues from some of the greatest speakers in the state, if not the country. In addition, every year, OCTLA hosts a members-only candid evaluation of local judges, arbitrators, and mediators—crucial information for every trial lawyer’s practice. This benefit alone is worth the price of membership.

Informative Quarterly Magazine: From insightful interviews with Orange County Superior Court judges to practical, nuts-and-bolts articles on issues of procedure and trial skills, you will not want to miss an issue of The Gavel magazine.

Interactive Website/Listserv/Deposition Bank: To get a glimpse of OCTLA’s website, log on to www.OCTLA.org. Some have said the most valuable feature of the website is our members-only forum listserv, which allows members to post questions regarding their cases and solicit immediate responses from hundreds of fellow trial attorneys. Our members also have free access to our online expert deposition bank stocked with numerous deposition transcripts. It’s like having the resources of a large law firm at your fingertips. Plus, our newest member benefit, a Trial Calendar that offers our members an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight and learn effective trial skills and techniques firsthand from OCTLA’s experienced trial attorneys.

Social Activities: OCTLA gives its members many opportunities to build lasting personal and professional relationships. These include our annual Columbus Day Golf Tournament (held on a court holiday so everyone can enjoy some time out on the course), plus fun networking mixers including our members only annual Bowling Night (May 18), and Angels Game Family Night (August 5). For those who enjoy more formal events, OCTLA delivers with its black-tie Installation of Officers and Judicial Awards Program held in January each year and its annual Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year awards program and charity auction, which will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Newport Beach Marriott.

All attorneys engaged in trial practice in Orange County are encouraged to join OCTLA. With benefits like these, how can you afford not to join? For more information, visit our website at www.OCTLA.org, or contact OCTLA at 949.916.9577.