Become a Member of the DRI Community

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Why DRI?

The largest bar association for civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel, DRI enhances the skills and promotes the success of the civil defense bar through innovative programming, a vibrant membership community, a robust online content library, and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the legal profession.

Leverage DRI’s exclusive resources and high-quality programming to expand your network, further your career, and build your business. We are not just a part of your career; we’re a partner in it.

  • Join our broad community of over 16,000 focused on representing the interest of our attorneys and the business they represent.
  • DRI is host to 29 substantive law committees and specialized litigation groups (SLGs) whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice.
  • DRI provides access to resources and tools to grow your practice.
    • Members can search a database of more than 65,000 experts.
    • Attend renowned CLE seminars, conferences, and webcasts.
  • DRI creates speaking opportunities for members and their firms to demonstrate their expertise.
  • DRI's Find a Lawyer tool allows you to have your profile searched by others.

For questions, call Customer Service at 312.795.1101

DRI Drives Business with Referrals

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of DRI members have given or received a referral in the last 2 years.

Of Those Receiving Referrals


Have received 2 or more referrals in the last 2 years


Were more than $50k

Of Those Giving Referrals


Have received 2 or more referrals in the last 2 years


Were more than $50k

Based on a 2022 survey of active DRI members.

Learn How DRI Membership will Benefit Your Practice

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  • To stay successful in today's legal environment, you need the right tools to suit your learning style. At DRI, we've got you covered:
    • Earn up to 8 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit this year at no additional cost with DRI's Free Webinar Series—that's a savings of $1,350!
    • Enjoy priority registration and get the best pricing for seminars thanks to exclusive, limited-time Early Access Registration!
    • Get best-in-class CLE through seminars, webinars, and on-demand education at the DRI Learning Center.

Learn More About Education

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  • Personalize your membership by opting to join any of our substantive law committees at no additional cost.
  • Put yourself in touch with others and on a path to leadership with abundant opportunities for committee.
  • Explore the new and improved DRI Communities to discuss cutting-edge topics, network with peers and industry leaders, explore upcoming events, and more.

See a complete list of our substantive law committees

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  • All DRI members receive:
    • For The Defense, the nation’s only monthly legal magazine focused on civil defense practice.
    • The Voice, DRI’s monthly E-newsletter and an exclusive publication for our membership.
    • In-House Defense Quarterly, a quarterly publication with in-depth reporting on topics relevant to in-house counsel.
    • The Brief Case, a committee newsletter featuring content from DRI’s substantive law committees.
    • Member discounts on our Defense Library Series titles that focus on a variety of practice-specific topics.
  • DRI Members have exclusive access to publishing opportunities in DRI's highly esteemed publications library.

Check out our publications

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  • DRI offers countless business networking opportunities with potential clients and attorneys for business referral. 
  • Engage in DRI and connect with friends and colleagues or potential clients at DRI seminars and the Annual Meeting for business referral.
  • DRI's Find a Lawyer tool allows you to have your profile searched by others.

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Dividends Program

  • Earn points and rewards for using member benefits!
  • Attend a meeting, recruit a member, write an article, be a speaker, join a substantive law committee, renew a membership early and earn rewards!

See how the Dividends program can add to your membership

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DRI Solutions Marketplace

  • Available exclusively for DRI members, the Solutions Marketplace offers a range of carefully vetted Affinity Programs, affording special savings and/or value-added services across a range of products to our members, both at the enterprise level as well as for individuals.

Learn more about the program and how you can begin saving

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DRI Lawyers App

  • Stay connected with DRI members, access exclusive DRI member resources, and more!
  • Available on the Apple App Store and Android Google Play; search for "DRI Lawyers."

About the app

What Are Members Saying About DRI?

"The biggest value DRI brings is in its people…It has truly enhanced my career and my development as a lawyer."

Catherine Ava Leatherwood, Rogers Townsend LLC

"As a young lawyer, connections are key, and DRI has been a great avenue to meet others and expand my practice."

Alice Ricketts, Anderson Crawley & Burke PLLC

"We estimate that over 75% of our client base can be traced back to DRI."

Carlos Rincon, Rincon Law Group P.C.

Read more testimonials

Are You Interested in Becoming a Member?

Take your career to the next level by joining or learning more below.