The ABTL was founded in Los Angeles, California
in 1972 to develop a better forum for the discussion of business
trials. This included an aggressive effort to promote communication
between the bench and bar. Today, the ABTL Los Angeles chapter
continues to thrive with close to 1200 members. The organization
has replicated in four other California cities, with chapters
in Northern California (2000 members), San Diego (764 members),
Orange County (625 members) and San Joaquin Valley (200 members).
Each chapter provides top quality legal education programs
in an atmosphere where there can be a frank exchange between
bench and bar and an opportunity for old colleagues to meet
in a busy world where lunch is no longer the order of the
day. In addition, the ABTL is known across the state for their
unmatched Annual Seminars, featuring keynote speakers from
the bar and the bench: United States Supreme Court, U.S. Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court.
As stated by Allan Browne, the Founding
President of the ABTL, “One of the great byproducts
of ABTL is the fact that it has developed wonderful camaraderie
amongst [trial lawyers] in commercial and business matters.
All of us share similar concerns in the courthouse as well
as the legislature.”
We invite you to visit the individual
chapter web pages to learn more about their governing bodies
and the calendar of events pages will identify the programs
being held in each chapter's city.