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DRI is a business development and networking organization for civil defense attorneys with more than 22,000 like-minded practitioners and industry representatives. DRI members come from diverse backgrounds and practice areas, working in firms of all sizes, as in-house counsel and as claims professionals. For over 50 years, DRI has been the recognized leader in providing the contacts, tools, resources and education needed to be successful in an ever-changing and competitive legal environment.

Benefits of DRI membership are many and evolving. DRI is a community-like organization in which members can grow their practices, engage with others, network with colleagues, make new friends and learn from best-in-class education programs.

DRI's Membership Offerings

Individual Member: For an annual fee of $285, lawyers in private practice who devote a substantial portion of their professional time to the representation of businesses, insurance companies and/or their insureds, associations, or governmental entities in civil litigation may join DRI and enjoy all the benefits of DRI membership, including:

Individual Membership (PDF)

  • Education: Committee-sponsored seminars, in-depth reference publications and webcasts are excellent resource tools.
  • Committees: DRI's 29 Substantive Law Committees allow you to engage with colleagues involved in your specific area of practice.
  • Publications: DRI members receive For the Defense, In-House Defense Quarterly, Substantive Law Committee E-newsletters and DRI’s weekly E-newsletter, The Voice.
  • Networking: Connect with friends, colleagues, or potential clients at DRI seminars and the Annual Meeting.

Government Lawyer: For an annual fee of $160, lawyers employed by a governmental entity, and who devote a substantial portion of their professional time to the representation of governmental entities in civil litigation, may join DRI.

Young Lawyer: For an annual fee of $165, lawyers admitted to the Bar five years or less may join DRI and will also receive a certificate for a free registration for one DRI seminar of their choice, by itself a value of over $700.

Corporate Membership: For an annual fee of $500, a corporation may join DRI, which allows 4 employees (attorneys and nonattorneys) of that corporation to participate as members of DRI. Each additional member is $150.

Corporate Membership Application (PDF)

Corporate Counsel: For an annual fee of $285, an individual in-house counsel* may join DRI. If the in-house counsel also joins DRI’s Corporate Counsel Committee (which she can do at no charge), the in-house counsel may attend any DRI seminar free of charge (excluding the DRI Annual Meeting). Qualifying in-house counsel are entitled to this benefit whether they join DRI through a corporate or an individual membership.

* DRI defines in-house counsel as licensed attorneys who are employed exclusively by a corporate or other private sector organization for the purpose of providing legal representation and counsel only to that corporation, its affiliates and subsidiaries.

Law Student Member:For an annual fee of $20, law students may join DRI and will receive complimentary registration to all DRI seminars and Annual Meeting, networking opportunities FTD, access to www.dri.org and the opportunity to become involved in the Young Lawyers Committee.

Law Student (PDF)

Senior Membership: For an annual fee of $50, DRI members who are 65 years or older and not actively engaged in the practice of law may continue to receive the benefits of DRI membership.

Senior Membership (PDF)

Additional Membership Incentives

State and Local Defense Organizations: One year free. Lawyers who: a) have never been a DRI member, b) are eligible to become a DRI Member, and c) are a member of your SLDO, qualify for free one-year DRI membership.

SLDO Promotion (PDF)

DRI’s Sister Organizations: One year free. Lawyers who: a) have never been a member of DRI, b) are eligible to become a DRI Member, and c) are a member of one of DRI’s “sister organizations” (The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA); The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC); or the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)), qualify for a free one-year DRI membership.

Sister Organization (PDF)