HISTORY

CAALA began in 1949 as the Lawyers Roundtable, a group of plaintiff civil attorneys who began meeting informally. These were trial lawyers who pioneered the various practice areas that became today's Trial Lawyer bar. Each was among the first to represent injured and harmed victims of corporate and medical negligence. In 1952 they formed an actual association to share knowledge, ideas and mutual support in the emerging areas of law they practiced. They literally were the first Los Angeles attorneys to stand up and protect people from unsafe medicine, unsafe products and unfair business practices. At first there were about 50 members, and by 1952 the number had grown to 100. That small group has now become the CAALA we know today, with more than 3,000 attorney members.

Through the years the name of the organization changed from Lawyers' Round Table to National Association of Claimants Compensation Attorneys, to Los Angeles Plaintiff Lawyers Association to the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and in 1994 to the current name, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

Following are the names of the Founding members of the Lawyers Round Table

NORMAN ALSCHULER L.A. AUDET HERBERT BECK
RALPH BENSON MARTIN BERMAN JERRY BERK
LESTER BISE MARION BETTY GEORGE BLACK
SAMUEL BLOCK JAMES BUTLER ROBERT BUTTS
LIONEL CAMPBELL WILLIAM CAMUSI BEN COHEN
IRVING COHEN BERNARD COHEN CHARLES CHORNA
WINSTON CORNELL WALTER CHRISTIANSON ARTHUR CROWLEY
S.M. DANA ROBERT DIEKMAN BENJAMIN ELCONIN
JOHN ENNIS EDWARD FELDMAN FRANCIS GABEL
MYRON CARON ARTHUR GARRETT BETTY GILLETTE
ALEXANDER GINSBERG NED GOOD SAMUEL GREENFIELD
DOWNEY GROSENBAUGH WILLIAM HAYES JACK HARDY
EDWARD HART HERBERT HIRSON DAVID HOFFMAN
ROBERT HOLSTEIN ALVIN HONOROFF THEODORE HORN
SANFORD HORNWOOD JOHN INDERRIEDEN ARTHUR JONES
DANNY JONES JACK KAREN ALFRED KLEIN
DONALD KRAG SAMUEL KURLAND HENRY LOPEZ
JAMES LANDYE ELMER LOW J. PAUL MADSEN
RAOUL MAGANA HERBERT MANASSE BENJAMIN MATHON
ROBERT MENDELSON DAVID MOHR HENRY MOORE
ERWIN MORSE RICHARD MOSS WILLIAM MUNNELL
JULIUS NOVACK RICHARD OLIVER ARNOLD OPPENHEIM
DAVID PALTUN HERBERT PEARLSON LEE PERKAL
KELSEY PETTERSON HENRY PLATTNER WILLIAM POLLACK
DAVID POLLACK EDWRD POLLACK EDWARD RASKIN
HERBERT RESNER VICTOR ROSE RALPH ROSEN
SAMUEL ROSENTHAL THEODORE ROSENTHAL HAROLD RUBINS
EUGENE SAX JOSEPH SCHECTER SAM SCHECKMAN
DAVID SEFMAN BERNARD SELBER HERBERT SELWYN
DAVID SILVERSTON JEROME SHEPARD EDGAR SIMON
MELVIN SIMON TOXEY SMITH DAVID SOKOL
HURLEY TALPIS FRANCIS TOLER ARTHUR WASSERMAN
LOUIS WOLF