History of TrialSmith

The Plaintiff is Our Exclusive Focus

Created by plaintiff lawyers, we provide unique investigative and collaborative tools that help plaintiff lawyers achieve successful outcomes for their clients. Insurance companies and defense attorneys are strictly prohibited. To view our membership license agreement, Click Here.

DepoConnect™, Our Predecessor Operation

DepoConnect was launched by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association ("TTLA") in December, 1997 as a specialized database of expert depositions from trial lawyers nationally.  The site gave plaintiff lawyers a new way to quickly share litigation documents, make them fully searchable, and reduce research costs.

Partnerships with Trial Lawyer Associations

During 1998 and 1999, DepoConnect was a recognized success by trial lawyers, and 48 trial lawyer associations partnered in the effort to create the largest database available for expert investigations.

DepoConnect Becomes TrialSmith™ in 2000

In 2000, TrialSmith was incorporated as a subsidiary of Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and was separately funded to expand services and tools to support the plaintiff bar. Today, 78 trial lawyer associations and litigation groups in North America utilize TrialSmith services.

TrialSmith Integrates Association Web Sites & Private Databases

In 2004, TrialSmith began integrating its documents and litigation databases directly with Association Web sites, providing a single-stop search experience for trial lawyers. Today, TrialSmith has built and hosts more than 45 association Web sites.

Our Exclusive Sponsors Pledge Their Support for the Plaintiff Bar

A major source of funding for TrialSmith's litigation bank  and document databases is provided by our sponsors, SAGE Settlement Consulting and Counsel Financial.


Additional Company Highlights

  • TrialSmith was the first company in the United States to offer a completely on-line deposition bank with full text search capabilities in 1997 under it's original name DepoConnect.com.
  • TrialSmith is the largest on-line litigation bank on the Internet with more than 500,000 depositions.
  • More than 9 million database items reference experts and case topics linking plaintiff lawyers to critical information.
  • TrialSmith is restricted exclusively to qualified plaintiff lawyers.
  • TrialSmith is a subsidiary corporation of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
  • TrialSmith maintains partnerships with plaintiff organizations to facilitate and co-brand private, on-line respositories.
  • All documents contributed to TrialSmith are controlled by the Trial Lawyer Document Assurance Corporation (TLDAC). TLDAC ensures that all documents are used exclusively by plaintiff lawyers.
  • TrialSmith is a major sponsor of the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives.