Florida Defense Lawyers Association


Join the FDLA Today!

For 50 years the Florida Defense Lawyers Association has been serving attorneys whose practice is dedicated primarily to the defense of civil matters. At nearly 1000 strong, the FDLA has members from private practice and public agencies throughout Florida and its neighboring The FDLA works to promote a level playing field in civil litigation and to foster our members' growth as professionals. We do this through our publications, quality CLE programs, and through networking and support at collegial and social membership meetings. The FDLA's involvement spans the entire spectrum of issues important to our members, including legislative developments, influencing substantive law, developing professional referrals, sharing expert information and supporting members on statewide committees and elected offices.

Benefits of Membership

  • Stay updated on new developments in your area of practice by electing free substantive committee membership.
  • Get access to the members section of the website where you can research experts for your case or obtain impeachment materials on opposing experts.
  • Receive a copy of the Trial Advocate, the FDLA's professional journal with articles authored by its members, and access past editions of the TAQ via the members section of the website.
  • Take part as an attendee or speaker at the premier education events for defense lawyers in the state of Florida, including live seminars, webinars and conferences.
  • Receive the "Trial Brief" newsletter which keeps members updated on upcoming events and opportunities within the FDLA.
  • Participate in family friendly events where professional development can be combined with forging lasting friendships with colleagues and their families.

Please note that the Florida Defense Lawyers Association is exempt from federal taxation inder IRC 501 (c)(6). Membership dues are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution; they may be deductible as a business expense.

The Florida Defense Lawyers Association offers individual and corporate membership options.

Application Submission

Fill out the online application form below and submit payment to apply for membership in FDLA. Your application will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner. If approved, you will be notified and your login credentials will provide access to the "Members Only" area of the FDLA website. If your application is declined, your payment for initiation fee and first annual dues will be refunded in full.

Individual Memberships

Individual memberships are for attorneys licensed to practice in Florida.

  • First Year Member Dues (all new applicants regardless of years in practice): $50.00
  • Regular Dues (After first year): $250.00
  • Young Lawyer Dues (practicing in Florida for less than 10 years): $50.00
  • Retired Lawyer Dues (Retired FDLA member, no longer practicing): Free
  • Government Lawyer Dues (Government Attorneys, defense attorneys employed solely by a government agency): $125

In-House Counsel/Claims Professionals Memberships

This membership is for defense attorneys employed solely as in-house counsel for a corporation or for claims professionals (e.g. claims adjusters, claims managers, risk managers).

  • Annual Dues: Free

Student Memberships

Law student memberships are for individuals currently enrolled as a full time or evening student pursuing a J.D. degree.

  • Annual Dues (Law student memberships expire six months after graduation): $20.00

Online Application Form

Your application cannot be reviewed or processed until payment confirmation is received (step 2).

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 DRI Member
FDLA is committed to the principle of diversity in its membership and leadership. Accordingly, you are invited - at your option - to indicate which of the following may best describe you:
 African American Caucasian Native American Middle Eastern
 Asian American Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander LGBT
Practice Areas
Choose your top four (4) major practice areas:
 ADR Civil Rights Insurance Defense Professional Malpractice
 Appellate Construction Defense Maritime/Admiralty Toxic Torts
 Auto/Transportation Employment and Labor Law Medical Malpractice Workers' Compensation
 Aviation Governmental/Municipality Defense Premises Liability
 Civil Litigation Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Product Liability
Choose at least one:
 Amicus Committee Diversity and Inclusion Committee Labor/Employment Committee Professional Liability Committee
 Auto/Transportation Committee First Party Property Legislative Action Committee Trial Advocate Committee
 Bad Faith Government Law Committee Medical Malpractice Committee Workers Compensation Committee
 Class Action In-House Counsel Premises Liability Committee Women in the Law
 Construction Law Committee Insurance Coverage Committee Products Liability Committee Young Lawyers Division Committee

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Membership Renewal

Your application cannot be renewed until payment confirmation is received.

First Year Annual Dues (all new applicants regardless of years in practice) ($50)

Annual Dues (Individual): $50.00

Total Charges: $50.00

Annual Dues (after first year) ($250)

Annual Dues (Individual): $250.00

Total Charges: $250.00

Young Lawyer Membership Renewal - practicing in Florida for less than 10 years ($50)

Annual Dues (Individual): $50.00

Total Charges: $50.00

Government Attorneys, defense attorneys employed solely by a government agency ($125)

Annual Dues (Individual Government Attorneys): $125.00

Total Charges: $125.00

Student Membership Renewal ($20)

Annual Dues (Student): $20.00

Total Charges: $20.00

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