OTLA Membership

OTLA members represent injured consumers, patients, workers and employees. OTLA provides many tools and services to help you help your clients. These include immediate access to hundreds of colleagues through the OTLA listservs, cutting-edge Continuing Legal Education seminars, advocacy work to preserve and enhance your clients’ rights at the state and federal levels, first-rate professional publications and networking opportunities.

To qualify for OTLA membership, you must be an attorney 1) in good standing with the Oregon State Bar; 2) of good moral character; 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system; and 4) do not, for the most part, represent the defense in personal injury, civil rights, employment, workers’ compensation or business tort litigation.

We also have membership categories for paralegals/legal staff, mediators and arbitrators, legal aid attorneys and more!

To learn more about membership categories and join OTLA, CLICK HERE

click here to download a paper application to mail in, if you prefer

Stay connected with members on OTLA email listservs

This service is available to regular attorney members with an additional listserv for legal staff members. Getting on is as easy as signing a confidentiality agreement and providing your email address. Hit send and you are instantly connected with more than 600 OTLA members through our many listservs! Advantages include: brainstorming and sharing all sorts of pertinent information including, sample briefs, getting opinions on certain judges’ styles, potential arbitrators or mediators, finding colleagues with a similar case or particular expertise—the benefits of our listservs are endless!

Quality Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

OTLA provides outstanding Continuing Legal Education seminars, chaired and taught by the state’s finest practitioners and nationally known speakers. Substantive areas of trial law (such as personal injury, products liability, professional negligence, workers’ compensation, employment/civil rights/labor law, family law, business litigation) are presented. OTLA is the only organization in the state that emphasizes techniques and tips specific to representing injured consumers, patients, small business and workers.

Many of our programs are available by webcast or mp3 or mp4 download from our CLE Bank. Check out what’s coming up by visiting our Event Calendar or view our past CLEs in our CLE Bank.

Fighting to keep Oregon families safe

OTLA is committed to access to justice for all Oregonians and protecting your clients’ rights in the state capitol. With the help of like-minded coalition partners, we work closely with legislators and the Governor to protect Oregonians’ fundamental right to case by case justice before a jury.

Online DME and brief banks

The OTLA Defense Medical Expert bank contains extensive information on doctors who regularly perform exams for insurance companies. The information ranges from W-2 and 1099 tax records to deposition transcripts and the exams themselves. To browse the DME Bank, click here.

OTLA’s brief bank includes over 1,000 briefs, including appellate briefs, orders, complaints and other pleadings for use by members. Where a brief has been decided upon by the appellate courts, we have included a citation reference for the member’s convenience. To browse the Brief Bank, click here.

Our DME and brief bank documents are all submitted by OTLA members and we always need volunteers to help update these banks. If you are interested in helping on this project, please contact otla@oregontriallawyers.org.

Do you have something you would like to submit to the DME and/or brief banks that could help OTLA members? For the DME bank, fill out the DME Submittal Form and turn it in with your transcript or exam records. For the brief bank, fill out the Brief Submittal Form and turn it in with your brief, pleading or complaint.

Amicus Committee

This committee carefully reviews and selects significant cases pending before the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. When necessary, OTLA intervenes by filing an amicus brief on behalf of your clients. Learn more about our Amicus Brief Guidelines HERE.


OTLA’s own quarterly magazine, Trial Lawyer, features articles about new Oregon cases, verdicts and settlements, practice tips, views from the bench, updating the membership on recent Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions of note as well as many other timely issues. The subscription price of this great resource is included in your OTLA membership fee.

OTLA’s newsletter, Sidebar, published 6 times per year, keeps members informed about new developments in the plaintiff’s bar, features on fellow members and commentary from colleagues and allies.

The OTLA Membership Directory is a virtual “who’s who” of the Oregon plaintiff’s bar. The directory is cross referenced by practice area and geographic location. This comprehensive listing of all members, professional service providers and national contacts is only available to OTLA members—both online and as an old school printed copy for your desk.

Serve on an OTLA committee or section

Have some spare time? We are always in need of volunteer help. Join one of OTLA’s many committees: Amicus, Development, Education, Legislative, Membership, Public Relations and Publications. These committees help shape our organization’s policies, programs and services.

Our 11 sections tailored to your individual practice areas are all about helping you be a better lawyer. Section meetings are free, often monthly, brown bags featuring top notch speaker offering their expertise on a variety of subjects. Most section meetings qualify for CLE credit so not only are you learning cutting edge practice tips but you are also logging FREE CLE hours! Every year, our section co-chairs provide over 50 free MCLE credits through monthly or bimonthly section meetings and most of them are audio-recorded and available for download through the CLE Bank! 

New Lawyers

From our free monthly brown bag New Lawyer Power Hours, our new lawyer socials, scholarship opportunities to attend our highly acclaimed 3-day annual convention and “Learning the Ropes Top 10 Tools for Practicing Employment, Motor Vehicle or Consumer Law” Packets, OTLA offers practical resources for our newest members of the bar.

Borrow one of our many trial tools

If you need a data projector, ELMO document camera or travel widescreen projector screen, OTLA has your back. We lend these items for FREE as part of your membership. Do you need a conference room or webcasting for your deposition? We can help here, too! Contact the OTLA office to check for availability or reserve any of our trial tools.

Professional networking and socials

OTLA isn’t just about CLEs and legislative advocacy. We also provide networking opportunities for our members throughout the year, such as our annual convention, Snow Ball and new lawyer socials. Some of our sections host their own section-specific socials throughout the year. As an OTLA member, you receive a weekly “What’s Happening at OTLA” email with information about upcoming CLEs and events. OR check out the Event Calendar to see what’s coming up!