Mission Statement

The American College of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada.  The College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality.  The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.  The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.


Bartholomew J. Dalton

Bartholomew J. Dalton is the 67th President of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is a partner of Dalton & Associates. He moved to private practice with the firm after serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice. He specializes in the areas of Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice/ Torts, Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar Defense and cases dealing with sexual abuse. He tried cases to juries that have resulted in the largest medical malpractice and largest automobile accident verdicts in the state’s history. He is a Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Committee – Subcommittee on Fairness in the Criminal Justice System.


Emil Gumpert

Founder and Chancellor

Born and raised in Stockton, California, Emil Gumpert was admitted to the California bar in 1916 and served as a trial lawyer in Stockton for more than 30 years. He went on to serve as a judge in the Superior Court of California from 1956-1976, as well as serving as State Bar president and officer for numerous professional organizations.

Awards & Competitions


The College has established awards to recognize examples of courageous advocacy and significant contributions to improvement of the litigation process.



More than 150 accredited law schools in the United States and every law school in Canada participate in College-sponsored national trial and appellate moot court competitions. In the United States these include regional rounds and a final national round. Fellows serve as judges and jurors and use the occasion to introduce the participants to the trial and appellate process.