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Become a Member

Membership is by invitation, only.  Any trial lawyer who is of high personal character and honorable reputation, and who is a member of the Bar of the State, province, district, territory or country in which he or she practices, and who has met the qualifications listed below, may become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates upon nomination, election, and payment of initiation fees and dues. 

For more information about joining the San Francisco Chapter, contact Membership Chair Frank M Pitre, (650) 697-6000 or

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National ABOTA Requirements

Regardless of the number of trial experience equivalency points an applicant may have accumulated, an applicant MUST have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to jury verdict or hung jury as lead counsel for the minimum requirements to have been met, and those civil jury trials MUST be listed on the application. (All applications must first be approved by a local Chapter of ABOTA).  

Benefits of Membership
  • Networking Opportunities

  • ABOTA Briefs email updates

  • ABOTA Logo Use

  • American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable

  • Legislative Analysis Fund

  • Code of Professionalism

  • Juror Bill of Rights

  • Chapter Leadership Guide

  • The National Jury Summit

  • ABOTA Foundation

  • Local & National Leadership and Staff

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