The Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. Among the resources available at this site is a comprehensive listing of links relevant to the Section, information concerning the National Trial Competition Region 2 for law students that is sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section, information concerning scholarships made available by the TLS to new attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and upcoming networking and CLE events. Members of the Section are invited to share ideas and seek opinions in the Trial Lawyers Section online community.

We encourage you to get more involved with the section. There is an opportunity to assist in the writing of articles, in the planning and participation of networking and programming events, and assisting the Executive Committee in accomplishing the Trial Lawyers Section mission to bring together for furtherance of their mutual interests such members of the New York State Bar Association as are interested in the problems of the trial lawyer and other branches of the law relating to trial practice and procedure. To get involved contact any member of the Executive Committee or staff liaison Gina Bartosiewicz.

The Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers is comprised of 4 Officers, Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of Delegates, former section chairs, and two representatives from each Judicial District in the State.

The Trial Lawyers Section engages in many activities, including a CLE program put together with the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law section during the NYSBA Annual Meeting. The Section also has an annual summer meeting with additional CLE provided and an opportunity to enjoy a fun location and networking opportunities.

To maintain our activities in the years ahead, we need you to become more involved in the Trial Lawyers  Section, to go beyond attending a few of our conferences.

The Trial Lawyers Section hosts events to provide new attorneys and diverse attorneys an opportunity to hear from a panel of judges and experienced attorneys regarding bar association membership and provide support to all trial attorneys and law students through involvement in the New York State Bar Association and the promotion of high professional standards and courtesy. The section won the Section Diversity Champion Awards in the 2012 and the 2013 NYSBA Diversity Challenges for these efforts. For more information or to get involved, consider joining our Section’s Diversity Committee.

Contact the Trial Lawyers Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Gina Bartosiewicz
[email protected]
(518) 487-5671

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Chris Soller

Christian Soller

Hodgson Russ, LLP.

Christian is primarily a problem-solver, with an unyielding dedication to creatively and cost-effectively furthering his clients’ long-term business interests by guiding them in a manner that avoids risk and exposure. Those clients range from Fortune 500 and 1000 companies to small businesses and individuals, who serve a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution and supply, engineering, property and equipment leasing, insurance, construction, and pharmaceutical.

Christian counsels his clients on a broad spectrum of employer issues such as executive and equity compensation, employment agreements, partnership agreements, OSHA and Department of Labor issues, the enforceability of post-employment covenants, discrimination, harassment, salary disputes, and crisis management.

When necessary, Christian is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience successfully representing his clients across the country. He has successfully tried numerous jury trials to verdict and in that context has earned a reputation for winning seemingly unwinnable cases. Christian concentrates his practice on a mix of business, employment and personal injury litigation, involving business tort, breach of contract and fraud allegations, coronavirus-related litigation (e.g., defending colleges, universities and other institutions against tuition, lodging and/or meal reimbursement claims, public nuisance claims, distance learning differential claims, etc.), construction litigation, professional malpractice, trade secret actions, wrongful death, high-exposure toxic tort litigation, products liability, construction and labor law litigation. These matters often involve “bet-the-company” stakes, death or catastrophic injuries.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Christian was associated with O’Connor Redd Orlando LLP where he tried multiple civil cases to verdict. Before that, he tried criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Orange County.

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Trial Lawyers Section Digest

The Trial Lawyers Section Digest features peer-written substantive articles and case summaries relating to the practice of trial law. Edited by CaraMia Hart, Esq., with the help of William S. Friedlander, Esq., the Trial Lawyers Section Digest is published by the Trial Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Digest is published as a benefit for members of the Trial Lawyers Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.

Trial Lawyers Section Committee

Trial Lawyers Section Annual Awards

The NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section awards for outstanding service to the bar and the community. The award categories represent the many different aspects of the legal and judicial system. Nominations are welcomed by everyone, not just members of the Trial Lawyers Section.

Call for nominations for the three Annual Trial Lawyers Awards.

The Trial Lawyers Section is now accepting nominations for their Annual Awards. Click the ‘Learn More’ link below for more info and to download nomination forms.

Deadline for nominations is December 1.

The recipients of the annual awards will be honored during the Awards and Networking Reception on January 18 during Annual Meeting at the New York Hilton Midtown at 5pm in Beekman. Limited tickets are available. Light refreshments will be served.

2024 Trial Academy Sponsorship

The Trial Lawyers Section is proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2024 Trial Academy. As a Gold Sponsor of the Academy, the Section is now accepting applications for scholarships to cover the registration fee to attend.

The Trial Academy will be held: Saturday April 6, – Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY. There is no virtual option to the program.

To apply for a scholarship, complete the application form and submit along with your resume to Gina Bartosiewicz at [email protected]. The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship which covers the scholarship recipient’s registration fee only; those awarded a scholarship are responsible for costs associated with room, travel, and some food.

On the scholarship application form, applicants are asked to describe their trial experience (if any), anticipated benefits of attending the Trial Academy, and any financial hardships. NYSBA membership is required and applicants must be in good standing with the bar. The application notes that government attorneys should check with their ethics officer to ensure they are able to accept a scholarship from NYSBA.

Seats at the Trial Academy will be available to scholarship applicants who are not awarded a scholarship, provided that the member registers and pays the full registration fee by March 1, 2024. The Trial Academy sells out each year.

Seats cannot be guaranteed after March 1.
Scholarship Application Deadline 2/1/2024

To learn more about the Trial Academy, go to:
For more information, please contact [email protected]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award

This award is presented to a Trial Attorney who has made extraordinary efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

National Trial Competition

For the past 40 years, the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association has had the privilege of sponsoring the New York Regional Round of the National Trial Competition, the country’s oldest and most prestigious mock trial competition for law students. The mission of the NTC is to “encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.”

2022 Law Student Meet And Greet: Criminal Justice, Trial Lawyers, Local & State Government Sections

February, 2022

Dan Ecker, Award Winner Helene E. Blank and Angelique Moreno
TICL-Trial Dinner (12 of 213)
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Diversity Challege, Section Leaders Conference 2012 (Trial Lawyers Section)
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