Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County


Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
P.O. Box 14744
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-0744
Phone: 412-343-9266
Fax: 412-343-0192




Admission into the Academy is by invitation only All applicants must be nominated by a current Academy member.  Only a limited number of open positions are available on a yearly basis.

The Membership Committee of the Academy of Trial Lawyers is charged with the responsibility of identifying the best trial lawyers for membership in the Academy from among the applicant pool. The Committee reviews the applications and assesses the skill, professional standards and ethics of every applicant. 

The entire Academy membership is confidentially surveyed regarding the qualifications of each applicant.  The results of the survey, together with information gained through the application, letters of recommendation, personal interviews and the candidate’s trial experience, are carefully reviewed and considered by the Committee as part of its confidential process of selecting for membership those civil trial lawyers who have exhibited excellence and the highest levels of  ethical standards and professionalism.  

Upon approval by the Board of Governors, the full Academy membership must vote to approve the new members.  Induction into membership takes place each year at the Annual Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat in the Fall.

Academy members may request a copy of the Membership Guidelines and Procedures by contacting the Academy's Executive Director, Deborah Eyler Smith, at 412.343.9266 or by email at

To view a copy of the Academy's Qualficiations for Active Membership, please click here.



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