Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California


Legal Defense Fund is the nation’s largest and most successful Legal Defense Fund, run by and for peace officers. The Fund has been in existence since 1974 and currently has more than 110,000 members. The Fund is an ERISA Trust that provides legal service benefits for public safety personnel. The Fund currently has reserves of more than $18,000,000.

LDF offers many benefits:

Top Quality Service
Our providers include the most skilled and experienced attorneys. Our complaint procedure and follow-up surveys underscore our commitment to our members’ satisfaction.

LDF Covers Costs
The Legal Defense Fund routinely pays for investigators, polygraphers, transcript fees, court costs, expert witnesses, and other costs that could make or break your case. Most other arrangements require that the association pay these fees as they are needed causing cash flow problems for the association.

Conflict Coverage
Many plans will only cover one employee in a multi-employee incident. With the Legal Defense Fund, everybody gets representation. We have had as many as eighteen law firms involved in a single case.

Protected Benefits
As an ERISA Trust, the Legal Defense Fund is required to file tax forms with the IRS and is subject to audit by the IRS and the Department of Labor. These protections help insure that should your Association be faced with major litigation, the funds will be present to protect you.

Contact the PPA Office for more information on your PORAC benefits.