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September 7th, 2020

We note with deep sorrow the passing of John Davis (J.D.) Lee. J.D. was a supremely talented and hard-working trial lawyer, who championed the rights and well-being of people injured or killed due to the negligence of others, and those harmed by dangerous, defective products. He was a nationally known founder and leader of trial organizations, and an early and ardent supporter of the Museum. Our deepest condolences to his family.

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Interview with lawyer and author Gerald Posner.

Past videos

Interview with lawyer and author James Zirin
Interview with Professor Deborah Ramirez
Interview with Petere Schuck

What is Tort Law?

It is the law that protects and compensates people who have been injured by the negligence, or recklessness, or intentional acts of wrongdoers.

Examples of Famous Tort Cases

Liebeck v McDonald's

The famous case where Stella Liebeck received 3rd degree burns. She was one of hundreds that got burned.

The Tobacco Cases

The tobacco companies knew their products caused cancer and they lied about it.

Ford Pinto

Ford chose not to spend $8 per Pinto and opted to let folks die.

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The mission of the nationally acclaimed American Museum of Tort Law is to educate, inform and inspire Americans about two things: Trial by jury; and the benefits of tort law. Tort law is the law of wrongful injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, and environmental disasters, among many others.

What The

Press Says

Since 2015 we've won fans across the world and across the press.

Fun, creative, visually stunning and provocative. By emphasizing cases where the civil justice system led not only to compensation for injured parties, but also to changes in corporate practice that made everyone safer, the museum reveals the truth about tort law—and likely leaves visitors with more sympathy towards it.


The museum aims to describe the evolution of the law regarding negligence and liability, and it features some of the most groundbreaking cases of the late 20th century.

The New York Times

The museum’s mission is to restore the idea that personal-injury law is not a way to line the pockets of a few lucky lawyers but rather a way to hold the powerful to account. As presented by the museum, personal-injury law may be the only way to hold a corporation accountable to the people it has harmed.

The New Yorker

This nonprofit, educational institution aims to make people aware of tort law’s pivotal role in the protection of personal freedom and safety, and celebrates the historical and contemporary achievements of the civil justice system.



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