The National Trial Lawyers is a member-driven organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. This list is a professionally recognized, coveted and prestigious acknowledgement of legal excellence. According to the organization, “only those attorneys who demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile are chosen for membership.” Each year The National Trial Lawyers compose a list of the Top 40 under 40, comprising the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only. The selection for this exclusive list is limited to only 40 attorneys per state who have extensive experience in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40 and excellence in the practice of law.