About

The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers was formed in 1962 to provide a forum for civil defense litigators to discuss cases & legislation that directly affected their clients.  The mission then as it is today is to support balance and fairness for all in civil trials.  Moving beyond just insurance defense, WDTL members defend small and large businesses, individuals and other entities in the pursuit of justice.

WDTL Mission:

To promote the highest professional and ethical standards for Washington civil defense attorneys and to serve our members through education, recognition, collegiality, professional development, and advocacy.

WDTL Vision:

To foster efforts of Washington civil defense attorneys to embrace the highest professional standards of integrity, excellence and commitment to a fair and just legal system 


Benefits of WDTL Membership

WDTL is committed to helping our over 700 members elevate their civil defense practice through:

  • Professional networking opportunities including four regional judicial receptions and events to support our diverse, women and developing attorneys;
  • Timely continuing legal education programs specialized to our members' practices including monthly complimentary "brown bags";
  • Committed advocacy in legislative and appellate matters important to our members;
  • Quarterly newsletter that provides updates on hot and emerging topics to keep our members up to date;
  • Access to an engaging and useful listserve to share and gain information with fellow members; and
  • Collegiality, professionalism and fun!