It is hard to believe that some of Oklahoma’s finest plaintiffs’ attorneys felt it was necessary to meet in secret to discuss the plight of their clients, but such was the case in 1943 when seventeen of Oklahoma’s most prominent plaintiffs’ attorneys created the Negligence and Compensation Attorneys Association (NACLA).

The NACLA was the first organization of its type in the United States. From those humble secret beginnings, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, formerly known as the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, emerged and became a leader in protecting the jury trial system.

The Oklahoma Association for Justice is considered one of the most influential forces at the State Capitol. Over the last fifty plus years, the association has mitigated legislation that would have catastrophic effects on plaintiffs- working men and women. OAJ has worked to pass some of the most progressive legislation dealing with the judicial system in the entire United States.