After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, trial lawyers pledged to do what they do best – give voice to the voiceless. They promised to provide free legal services to any family who applied for help from a newly created federal fund. Trial Lawyers Care was the nonprofit organization that made those free legal services possible.

Trial Lawyers Care counseled 4,000 families. More than 1,100 lawyers provided free legal help to more than 1,700 families who applied for financial help. Lawyers provided a combined total of more than 100 years of service on these cases.



Ten Days in September

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, dawned a gorgeous New England morning—sunny, warm and dry. But shortly before 9 a.m. a nightmare began to unfold in New York City…Read More


Attorneys of Mercy

Trial Lawyers Care launched on September 24, 2001, with a commitment to represent potentially thousands of victims. It required a great deal of hard work in a very short time…Read More


Reaching Out

An early task was informing victims that free representation was available. By December 2001, TLC had developed a comprehensive victim-outreach program…Read More


Working with Volunteers

As word of the TLC program spread, offers of help poured in from attorneys around the country…Read More


Growth Spurt

It was critical that TLC be based in New York City; a temporary office there opened on December 3, 2001…Read More


The Final Push

In November 2002, Leo Boyle (AAJ President 2001-2002) assumed the presidency of TLC. Efforts increasingly concentrated on ensuring that enough volunteer attorneys were available to represent victims and file their claims in a timely manner…Read More

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