Jim Chalat named to ABOTA

Jim Chalat was admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates. The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.  membership is by invitation only. 

The preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People,” is the primary purpose of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA seeks attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.


Membership is by invitation, only. Any trial lawyer who is of high personal character and honorable reputation, and who is a member of the Bar of the State, province, district, territory or country in which he or she practices, and who has met the qualifications as prescribed in the ABOTA Constitution, may become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates upon nomination, election, and payment of initiation fees and dues.

From Jim Chalat:
At the time of my application, it was required that the applicant have been lead counsel in at least 20 major jury trials to verdict or conclusion determined by “equivalency” points. I submitted documentation that I was lead counsel in 23 qualifying civil jury trials to verdict, one major felony jury trial and other proceedings to qualify under ABOTA’s membership guidelines. Following my admission, and in view of the modern practice, ABOTA lowered its minimal trial equivalency to ten trials plus other qualifications arising from contested proceedings, depositions, etc.

To learn more, visit abota.org.