ALFA International History
For over 35 years, ALFA International has demonstrated its commitment to continuously improving, upgrading and adjusting to meet the needs of our clients and the changing world in which we live.
ALFA International, the first legal network of its kind, is created.
- Founded in 1980 as the American Law Firm Association, ALFA is conceived by 12 U.S. law firms to provide significant geographic coverage for a group of large national insurance companies
The ALFA International network undergoes two major changes:
- U.S. membership increases dramatically as the network grows to over 50 member firms spanning the country, and
- The membership profile now includes a majority of firms with broad-based litigation practices (not just insurance defense) and growing corporate and other non-litigation practices
ALFA International continues to grow.
- In the U.S.: U.S. membership reaches 80 firms with coverage in every state and virtually all major metropolitan areas
- Internationally: ALFA International begins building an international membership with the admission of 25 member firms outside of the U.S., primarily in Europe but also with modest footholds in Latin America and the Pacific Rim
- The network continues building strong Practice Groups across many subject matter areas. These Practice Groups develop and produce client seminars delivering legal education, nurturing client relationships, and showcasing ALFA International law firms and lawyers
ALFA International continues to grow and flourish. With its U.S. geographic footprint now complete, ALFA International turns to the challenging task of upgrading the quality and capabilities of its membership.
- In many major markets in the U.S., smaller limited-practice firms are replaced by larger, full-service firms
- International membership nearly doubles to almost 50 firms, with significant expansion in Latin America and Asia
- Additional Practice Groups are created to provide more subject matter coverage for our clients and more opportunities for lawyers within ALFA International firms to participate in the network
2010 & Beyond
Significant developments include:
- 15 firms in key international jurisdictions join ALFA International
- Considerable effort is devoted to increasing the participation of female, young and minority ALFA lawyers, keeping pace with the changing demographics of ALFA International’s clients
- CLE programming expands to include more local and regional events, enabling ALFA International to reach more clients who are unable to attend two- and three-day seminars at distant sites