Rockport lawyer Don Briggs has been approved for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is by invitation only.

Trial lawyers who have high personal character, an honorable reputation, have tried to completion a certain number of jury trials and who otherwise meet the qualifications as described in the ABOTA Constitution, may become a member.

ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.

ABOTA is an organization that requires its members to be responsible for elevating the stands of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession. ABOTA also works to maintain and support public confidence in the judiciary by providing timely assistance to members of the bench in responding to adverse publicity, misinformation, or unwarranted criticism of an individual judge or the judiciary.

Briggs has handled thousands of personal injury cases in his career. He specializes in helping Maine victims of car accidents, medical malpractice, and other personal injury negligence cases. He is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate, a past president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is the past editor of "Maine Verdicts" and has been recognized as a Fellow by the National College of Trial Advocacy. Since 2007, Briggs has been selected yearly as a New England Super Lawyer and has been selected yearly since 2011 for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation. Briggs is currently president of the Knox County Bar Association.