Our Mission


The primary function of the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund is to provide unbiased professional legal representation to participants and to stand by them and their families when they need advice, guidance and comfort the most.

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A Message from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa


In our great country, unbiased legal representation should be an undeniable right of all citizens. No one is more deserving of this than America’s law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line each and every day. Life in law enforcement is dangerous and unpredictable, and our brothers and sisters in the field need to know there is someone behind them at all times, who is as dedicated as they are. That’s why we developed the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund,  a fund we’ve likened to 24/7 body armor.

We’re very proud of the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund, and how it provides proven backup for members during times when support is needed most. The Fund has not only offered our members and their families peace of mind—it has supplied powerful and decisive legal representation during investigations, hearings and trials. When life on the job gets heated, you need to know that a smart, independent voice is right behind you, making sure your personal and professional rights are served.

Together with the guidance of the Teamsters Law Enforcement League— an impressive force of veteran police, correctional, and public safety officers— the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund, is another example of how we serve the core concerns of our members. It’s because of this program and others like it, that the Teamsters Union represents more than 1,400 law enforcement agencies from coast to coast.

On a personal note, it gives me real satisfaction to witness our nation’s law enforcement align itself with the Teamsters. This commitment to an organized, national union is the realization of a 50-year-old dream. Whether we’re fighting for better wages, retirement security, affordable healthcare, or safe working conditions, our law enforcement members have come to expect an organization defined by excellence. We believe it is just the beginning of what you deserve.

In solidarity with those who protect and serve,

James P. Hoffa

Teamsters General President

Life in law enforcement is dangerous and unpredictable and our brothers and sisters in the field need to know there is someone behind them...who is as dedicated as they are.

Board of Trustees


The Teamsters Legal Defense Fund was formed September 10, 2008 and is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and managed by a board of trustees composed of active Teamsters members.

Carl Bailey, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 205

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Jesse Case, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 238

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