As trial lawyers, we are entrusted with a sacred place in our society.  Indeed, our trusted role is written into the very fabric of our Constitution.  We have the unique honor of representing individuals and their families when they have been wronged and when there is nowhere else to turn.  When we take on that individual cause, we have the ability to bring major change and help for that one person or family.

But our role is not without controversy.  There are those in our society that resent our constitutional role, they resent our license to represent individuals, and resent our power to challenge those same forces in an open court of peers and fair-minded judges.  Those forces willingly forget that our license to take on a cause is the very soul of our democracy.  And the spin they put on our role is not a favorable one.

As trial lawyers, we must not forget the cause beyond our individual cases.  We do and must continue to dedicate never-ceasing efforts to create a level playing field for justice.  We must remain dedicated to court access for all, regardless of race, wealth or any of the artificial barriers and limitations. And more, as an organization, we must remain dedicated to the betterment of society.

Join us as we make the MDTLA stronger in our community and in Florida.  Get involved.  Come to:

A monthly Date with Justice

* 5/11/16 with Judge Luck

* 6/22/16 with Judge Bloch

Feed the homeless at the Chapman Partnership with our members:

* July 19    Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin

* Aug. 29   MDTLA

* Sept.20   Law Offices of Eric Bluestein & Kutner, Rubinoff & Moss

* Oct. 26    Haggard Law Firm

* Dec. 13   Gold & Gold

Past Presidents Seminars:

* May 18   Robert Pelz on Admiralty

* August   TBA

Luncheon with Chris Searcy on 8/31/16:  The Persuasive Challenge.

Our Judicial Reception on 9/1/16 at Parrot Jungle

Florida’s Political Outlook, featuring Jeff Porter with the Florida Justice Association on 9/8/16

The MDTLA and Defense Bar Charity Golf Tournament on 9/23/16

Tallahassee for the 2017 Legislative Session

 *Make our voices heard in Tallahassee and stand with colleagues across the state as a frontline against legislation that harms the citizens of Florida. 

If there is a cause that is important to you, bring it to us and let us join.  As George Bernard Shaw once wrote, life is no ‘brief candle.’ It is a splendid torch we have to hold for a moment and make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Come carry the torch!  We do. Will you?

Shannon Del Prado
MDTLA President



2017 MDTLA Presidential Ball

Please join us on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Jungle Island for the
Annual MDTLA Presidential Ball

Tickets $200.00pp / limited table reservations available

Judiciary are complimentary. Please RSVP to Incoming President
Janpaul Portal at or 305-363-6210
  Click HERE to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships!
















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