Jim Fitzgerald is also a member of several prestigious, invitation-only trial bar associations. Jim is one of 36 attorneys in the nation to be a member in each of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

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Inner Circle of Advocates (President 2000-2001)
This is an invitation-only group. Prospective members must be nominated by the current members, pass a background and experience investigation, including reviews by leading lawyers and judges, and meet the rigorous requirements for membership.

Here is the Inner Circle’s description on the web: “The Inner Circle is an invitation-only group, limited to 100 lawyers of excellent character and integrity, representing people throughout the United States. To qualify, members must have tried at least 50 personal injury jury trials and at least 3 verdicts in excess of one million-dollars or 1 verdict in excess of ten million-dollars. Most of our members have won many multimillion dollar verdicts for their clients.” Jim is Wyoming’s only member.


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International Academy of Trial Lawyers

This, too, is an invitation-only group. Prospective members must meet the requirements for membership, stated as follows by the Academy:

“Membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is limited to attorneys who have been admitted to the practice of law for a minimum of twelve (12) years and must be principally engaged in trial and appellate practice. Attorneys admitted to fellowship in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers must possess, to an exceptional degree, superior skill and recognized ability in trial and appellate practice; services rendered in promoting the best interests of the legal profession and the highest standards and techniques of advocacy; excellent character and absolute integrity.”

To ensure candidates meet those requirements, they must pass a background and experience check, including reviews by leading lawyers and judges. The number of Fellows in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is limited to five hundred (500) active Fellows. Jim is one of two members from Wyoming.


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American College of Trial Lawyers
The College description is as follows: “The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation and peer review by other lawyers and judges, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and those whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years’ experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Fellows are carefully selected from among those who represent plaintiffs and those who represent defendants in civil cases; those who prosecute and those who defend persons accused of crime. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the administration of justice. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession.


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International Society of Barristers
Its description is: “The International Society of Barristers is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy. Membership is limited and members are elected by the Society's Board of Governors on nomination by a Fellow and after inquiry directed to other Barristers in the nominee's region and to judges before whom the nominee has tried cases.”

Jim is also a member of the following:
  • American Association for Justice (Formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (past president)
  • Wyoming chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (founder and past president)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Irish Legal 100
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