Florida Defense Lawyers Association


Welcome to the FDLA

It is with great honor that I welcome you to the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) website. Our mission as an association is paramount to what we do for our membership:

To enhance the knowledge, skills and professionalism of defense lawyers, while fostering balance in the civil courts through judicial and legislative advocacy.

These times present extraordinary challenges to businesses, insurers and their insureds who are increasingly faced with expensive claims and litigation. As such, our Association is continually evolving to meet its mission. My primary mission as President will be to continue the work of my predecessors and foster greater collaboration between insurance professionals and defense counsel and to facilitate fairness in the judicial system and promote a level playing field in the litigation of civil matters.

Since 1967, the FDLA has been comprised of thousands of attorneys and industry professionals committed to primarily the defense of civil matters. In these times, technology and data are transparent and at our fingertips. Together, working with like-minded professionals in our industry, we can collaborate like never before and share litigation information and strategies that will foster an equitable civil system and greater consistency in outcomes. We will be making some changes in the FDLA Website and reaching out to our membership in new ways. Our goal is to bring industry leaders and defense counsel together and form a strong alliance that promotes fairness and justice in the civil justice system for all parties. The FDLA is committed to bringing its resources to help achieve this goal.

As much as some things change, some things will remain the same. The FDLA will always be an inclusive association that is family oriented, where friendships are formed and relished and an overall priority to foster the growth of our members through networking and support, quality CLE/CEU programs and publications and educational conferences. If you are an insurance industry professional or civil defense litigator, we invite you to join us, and together make strides to improve the public's confidence in our system of justice.


Jeffrey W. Johnson, Esq.
Florida Defense Lawyers Association


The Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) is a state organization of Lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation. As such, FDLA expresses its strong commitment to the goal of diversity in its membership. Our member attorneys conduct business throughout Florida, the United States and around the world, and FDLA values the perspectives and varied experiences that are found only in a diverse membership. The promotion and retention of a diverse membership is essential to the success of our organization as a whole as well as our respective professional pursuits. Diversity brings to our organization a broader and richer environment which produces creative thinking and solutions. As such, FDLA embraces and encourages diversity in all aspects of its activities. FDLA is committed to creating and maintaining a culture that supports and promotes diversity in its organization.

Quick Facts

50 Years of service
The first meeting of the original members of the FDLA took place in 1966 with formal formation of the organization in April of 1967

1000 Members strong
Approximate current member count.

Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama
Current States represented in membership

Trial Advocate Quarterly
TAQ, the FDLA's professional journal is not only received by members but is sent to all Florida judges, industry professionals statewide and is published by Westlaw as a legal resource.


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Upcoming Events

2019 Winter Meeting
January 16, 2019, 4:00 PM
January 17, 2019, 4:00 PM
January 18, 2019, 4:00 PM
January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM
January 20, 2019, 4:00 PM
January 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

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