Chair’s Message

Welcome to The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section website. If you try cases, want to try cases, or want to learn more about the trial of cases, then you are in the right place! Our 6,000 members are drawn from throughout the state, and practice in all areas including defense, commercial, plaintiffs, construction, insurance, probate, and family law. On this website you will find materials and information relating to the mission of the Trial Lawyers Section: advancing skill, professionalism, and ethics in the trial of cases, and protecting the vital role of trials in the resolution of disputes. For over 49 years the Trial Lawyer Section has worked to advance this mission through continuing education programs, publications, public advocacy, and serving as a central point for talking about how to try cases ethically and effectively.

I hope you will take the time to look at our CLE programs, including Civil Trial Certification, Advanced Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice. I hope you will also take a look at our monthly news letter, The Edge, which provides highlights of case law and developments in trial practice intended to help Florida trial lawyers gain skill and knowledge. We also have the widely cited Guidelines for Professional Conduct, and Discovery Handbook developed in conjunction with the Conferences for Circuit and County Judges. You will see updates on our ongoing efforts to enhance and safeguard the role of the trial and dispute resolution. We report on developments in the legislature that touch on the practice of trial law, as well as recent developments in cases. We also put on programs to educate teachers and citizens in the critical role of the judicial branch and the trial lawyer in our system of government and civic life.

I am incredibly proud and honored to lead Florida trial lawyers in 2016-17. I hope that you will the resources on this website helpful, and will join us in our efforts.


Thomas E. Bishop,
Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar 2016-17