Mission Statement: San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil justice through education and trial advocacy.  For over fifty years, SFTLA has served the needs of the plaintiff's bar. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.

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                          Guardian of Justice Sponsors

                          The Dolan Law Firm,  Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, The Veen Firm

                          Partner of Justice Sponsor  

                          Bohbot & Riles, PC



SFTLA is Proud to Present our Member of the Month

Christopher B. Dolan 


Chris is the incoming president of SFTLA for 2016.  Owner of the Dolan Law Firm with offices in San Francisco and Oakland, Chris has been an SFTLA board member since 2001.  Chris has also served as a long-term Board Member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC - the largest state-wide trial lawyers association in the United States) and, in 2010, he was elected as its President. 

As President Chris traveled throughout California, living part-time in Sacramento, working on legislation to protect consumers while working tirelessly to secure court funding in the worst economy the Courts had ever faced.  Chris has been chosen as one of the Top 25 Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyers, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers, in California by The Daily Journal.  He has received a California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY) from California Lawyer and has been selected as Trial Lawyer of the Year for both CAOC and SFTLA. 

Chris has a wide ranging practice trying cases in the areas of civil rights, right to die/life, police misconduct and abuse, medical negligence, product liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and harassment, and elder abuse.  Chris says that a case needs to have one of the “three P’s” to be taken by his team of 14 lawyers: it must be “Profitable, Policy making; or Piss me off.” 


Trial Watch Learn who's in trial this month.

Law student resources internships, Fellowships, law student chapters and more....

Consumer resources visit www.sftlacares.org to learn more about ways you can protect yourself and your family.

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Medicare Public Service Memo

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SFTLA Events

Diversity Committee Poker Party
February 18, 2016

Diversity Committee Mixer
March 10, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
March 24, 2016

Trial Lawyer of the Year Gala
April 7, 2016

Diversity Committee Fundraising Party
May 12, 2016

Board Dinner
May 19, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
May 26, 2016

NLD Summer Bash
June 9, 2016

Diversity Committee Mixer
July 21, 2016

Membership Party
September 1, 2016

Women Referring Women
September 15, 2016

Board Dinner
September 22, 2016

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
September 29, 2016

Judges Dinner Dance
October 14, 2016

Board Retreat
October 21-23, 2016

Women's Caucus Wine Tasting
November 3, 2016

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 8, 2016

Women's Caucus Service Day
December 15, 2016


The Application for the 2016 Summer Fellowship is now CLOSED

U.S. Chamber - Legal Reform Summit
a policy parade on how to eliminate Americans' rights. To push back on this effort, AAJ Research has created a new online slideshow detailing the top 10 ways the U.S. Chamber hurts Americans. Click here to view the slideshow.

Open Courts Coalition Presentation
Click here to view the presentation!

Effect of Patient Safety Program on MedMal Occurance 
The heart of Medical Malpracitce suits is Medical Malpractice
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology FEBRUARY 2011

AAJ presents Final Medicare Seminar - More Info Here

"A World Without Lawyers" Video submitted by CAOC - Click Here to view!

The Expert Witness Arsenal Packet on Dr. Charles DiRaimando is complete! Click here to purchase!

New Pictures Posted!  Check out our updated Photo Album!

Shannan Dugan presents on civil justice at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo
May 13, 2010

Michael Kelly wins Trial Lawyer of the Year 2010
April 22, 2010

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