Membership registration and payment for the 2019-2020 year is now available. Click the purple Join/Renew Now button.

Membership in WPTLA helps the Association continue to grow, to expand the range of services offered to our members, and to speak up for the rights of our present and future clients. Membership dues in WPTLA support important activities, events and programs to the trial lawyers of Western Pennsylvania, and include the following benefits:
Levels of WPTLA membership are…

President’s Club at $275

Extra benefits at this level include:

Special recognition in The Advocate and the Judiciary Dinner program;

Premier exposure on our website;

3 Free CLE credit hours at a WPTLA-sponsored course;

A Plaque acknowledging your increased support of WPTLA, updated annually.

General Membership at $140

This level of membership provides inclusion in the online member directory, and access to our plaintiff-only database.

Emeritus Membership at $75

This level of membership is exclusive for prior WPTLA members who have retired or are ‘of counsel’ status.

Young Lawyer Membership at $35

This new membership level is for young attorneys who are in years 0-5 of their career.

Junior Membership at $35

This is a non-voting membership level for students enrolled in and currently attending a law school who have an interest in litigation, and lawclerks.  This level includes free admission to a yearly event of the President’s choice, as well as publication opportunities.

Member Directory: A member directory with your photo and links to your website including your profile page, published online for paid members. 
The Advocate: Published quarterly and exclusively online for members only, this important resource keeps you current on Association news, significant case law updates, pending legislation, and practice tips.
Scholarship Essay Contest: Available to high schools in the Western District of PA.
President’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk/Wheel:  Annually benefiting the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, this year’s race will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at North Park, in Pittsburgh.
New this year: Refer a New Member – Get a Free CLE:  For current/paid members, earn free registration to one of WPTLA’s CLE programs (exclusive of the joint program with the ECBA)  by referring a NEW* member to join in 2019-2020.  New member must list your name on their registration for referral to be valid.  New member cannot be from your own firm.  *A NEW member is anyone that was NOT a member last year.
CLE: We hold both substantive and ethics programs throughout the year that help members stay up to date on innovative litigation strategies every trial lawyer should know. Members also benefit from the opportunity to learn from panels of judges who share the do’s and don’ts of trial practice in their courtrooms.
Annual Judiciary Dinner: Scheduled for May 1, 2020 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Member Dinner Meetings and Receptions: An opportunity to hear and discuss points of view with prominent speakers, participate in Association events and network with area plaintiffs’ lawyers.
WPTLA Client Comeback Award: Premier dinner held annually to honor a deserving client. This year’s event is November 18, 2019.
Community Outreach: Events that allow us, as a trial lawyers organization, to give back to the community. Past events include involvement with area Habitat for Humanity chapters and Pittsburgh Cares.  Current programs include a monthly Wills Clinic and additional Habitat for Humanity days.