Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

OCTLA Statement Updated April 2024

Established 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 most influential Affiliate Bar organizations in Orange County. Now in its 61st year, OCTLA is stronger than ever, dedicated to providing premier advocacy for the protection of individuals and their access to civil justice through superior education and training for our members and access to the collective resources, knowledge, and experience of our membership. Below is an overview 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 trial lawyers in the county at special events and our monthly dinner meetings.

MCLE 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. OCTLA also provides a multi-day MCLE seminar in Palm Springs, where its members enjoy learning trial skills and strategies against the backdrop of sunny Palm Springs.

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.

Member Listserv: Some have said OCTLA’s most valuable member benefit is our members-only listserv that allows attorney members to post questions regarding their cases and solicit immediate responses from hundreds of fellow trial attorneys. It is OCTLA members connected together in a real-time, private, virtual forum sharing their collective knowledge and experience for mutual benefit.

Deposition and Document Bank: Our attorney members also have free access to our online document bank stocked with motions, pleadings, and almost a thousand deposition transcripts. It’s like having the resources of a large law firm at your fingertips.

Social Activities: OCTLA gives its members many opportunities to build lasting personal and professional relationships. These include our annual Golf Tournament which will be held this year on June 7th at Oak Creek Golf Club, along with fun networking mixers, including members-only Trivia Night, Angels Game or Day at the Races.

Formal Black-Tie Events: For those who enjoy more formal events, OCTLA delivers with two annual marquee events including its black-tie Installation 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 in November. This year, OCTLA has partnered with A Quarter Blue, a local Orange County 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and resources for survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA).

All consumer 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.

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