With membership of approximately 4,600 trial lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers (NYSTLA) is a leading state trial lawyer association in the United States. Their mission is “to promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully injured and to advance representation of the public by ethical, well-trained lawyers.”
NYSTLA was created in 1953 by 20 trial lawyers, who were concerned that New York had no forum for plaintiffs’ lawyers. They joined together to form the New York Association of Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyers, which later changed into New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
NYSTLA works with coalition partners on numerous issues to protect the rights of consumers: health advocates, tenants’ groups, senior citizens groups, anti-gun violence groups, and many other public interest organizations. NYSTLA’s business is to assure that the wrongfully injured will have full access to the civil justice system. The organization is thus dedicated to the preservation of the federal and state constitution rights to trial by jury.