Membership Classifications

Those persons qualified for membership in OACTA are:

  • Active: (1) Members of the Bar of Ohio actively engaged in the practice of civil law who represent the interests of defendants in tort litigation or other parties in civil disputes who are paid for their services other than principally out of the recovery they obtain. (2) Full-time supervisory or managerial employees of insurance companies, corporations, governmental bodies, or house counsel who individually devote a substantial portion of their time to coverage disputes, civil litigation or litigation administration.
  • Inactive: Any member who permanently retires from work or who moves out of Ohio and who had been a member in good standing for at least five years.
  • Associate: (1) Full-time law professors. (2) Full-time judges, magistrates and their legal staff. (3) Paralegals, legal assistants, or other employees who perform legal services under the direction and supervision of an attorney and are sponsored by a member of the organization who is their employee, supervisor, or co-employee. Paralegal membership is not open to anyone who has been admitted to practice law before the bar of the State of Ohio. (4) Anyone the Board of Trustees determines by a vote of two-thirds of those present, who meets the purpose of the organization as stated in Article II.
  • New Attorney: An attorney admitted to the Bar for five years or less.
  • Student: Law students
  • DRI Non-OACTA: An attorney who is a current member of DRI and has never been a member of OACTA.

    Submission of the application and payment is subject to review and acceptance per the OACTA Code of Regulations.



First Year DRI Membership FREE!
OACTA members who have not previously been a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) qualify for their first year of DRI membership free.

First Year OACTA Membership FREE!
DRI members who have not previously been a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) qualify for their first year of OACTA membership free.

Become involved in OACTA!
Be sure to indicate the committees you are interested in joining when you complete or renew your application. OACTA has 14 substantive law committees and 5 member services committees that you can get involved in! This is a member-driven organization!