2023 - 2024

President Message

Over 60 years ago, the Western Trial Lawyers Association (“WTLA”) was founded by some of the best trial lawyers in the country with a simple goal – to create an organization comprised of plaintiff trial lawyers dedicated to teaching others how to excel in the representation of their clients. This simple mission, and the networking and camaraderie that flows from these interactions, continues to drive WTLA today. Our annual education programs get rave reviews from attendees and always feature talented speakers from across the country sharing invaluable winning strategies, professional insight, and practice tips in a causal yet invigorating environment with the universal goal of helping attendees to provide the best possible representation to plaintiffs across the country. No matter your level of experience, all attendees leave each WTLA seminar with a wealth of new ideas, practice tips and case strategies.

Board of Directors

Robert E. Cartwright Jr.
Robert E. Cartwright, JR
Education Chair
Don Slavik
Donald H. Slavik
Education Co-Chair
Ligia Mcdonald
Ligia Mcdonald
Executive Director
George McLaughlin

Western Trial Lawyers Association

Dedicated To The Art of Advocacy In The Pursuit Of Justice

Do you like to spend time with kindred spirits? Are you tired of the unrelenting political attacks and the endless political fundraising you face in other trial bar associations? Do you enjoy coming away from a weekend inspired, refreshed and ready to tackle your cases with renewed enthusiasm? If so, then the Western Trial Lawyers may be just what you’re looking for.

We are not a lobbying organization. We are not a political group. Our membership primarily consists of “top notch” trial lawyers from across the Western United States, including Hawaii. However, due to the popularity of our organization, our membership now includes outstanding litigators from across the entire country. These are people who are invariably successful, passionate, and truly love what they do. All of them have valuable wisdom to share with fellow lawyers regarding excellence in the representation of clients.

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