The American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) is the most effective national organization trying to protect the American ideal that everyone is entitled to their day in court. That dream is under assault to an extent never seen before in our country. Large industries are spending hundreds of million dollars a year on lobbyists and advertising to distract Americans from the injuries they have caused the public, and are misleading the public into thinking that the whole problem is that there is a system of justice that can be used against these large industries. Industry lobbyists are trying to persuade Congress and State legislatures to shut the courthouse door on more and more Americans. AAJ is fighting them on all fronts, on behalf of all Americans.

This is the history of AAJ told on its web site:

In 1946, a group of plaintiffs’ attorneys involved in workers’ compensation litigation founded the National Association of Claimants’ Compensation Attorneys (NACCA). Their devotion to securing strong representation for victims of industrial accidents soon attracted admiralty, railroad, and personal injury lawyers. It wasn’t long before the group included attorneys engaged in almost all facets of trial advocacy.

Reflecting its growth and expanded commitments, NACCA, in 1972, emerged as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (AAJ). In 1977, AAJ’s headquarters moved from Boston to Washington, DC. Today, AAJ is a broad-based, international coalition of attorneys, law professors, paralegals, and law students.

As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights – particularly the right to trial by jury – and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With more than 56,000 members worldwide, and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.

Message to Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: If you are not a member of AAJ and its Sections, you need to join now. Your clients will be grateful.