The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar:  prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases).  While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries.  Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process.



As to U.S. Fellows, the Academy's bylaws limit Fellowship to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70.  Upon reaching the age of 70, a Fellow retains all of his or her rights and privileges but is no longer counted against the cap of 500.  This provision assures that each year there will be openings for first-rate nominees to enter the Fellowship.


 J. Mark White

Dear Fellows and friends,

President Noël Ferris passed away on May 21, 2017, surrounded by her family and extended IATL family.

She was a strong, active and powerful leader of our Academy, and she will be missed by many, but her legacy will remain with us all.

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International Academy of Trial Lawyers Poland Resolution

A resolution passed by the Academy at the July 2017 meeting of the Board of Directors can be found here.


Academy Statement on Judicial Independence

A Statement released on June 9, 2016 regarding the independence of the judiciary can be found here.

A Statement released on February 6, 2017 regarding the independence of the judiciary can be found here.


A. Clifford (Cliff) Edwards, Esq. delivered an impactful Dean’s Address at the IATL Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. You can view the full video here.