Tort Trial & Insurance Practice

Welcome to the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)—the source of knowledge and leadership on trial practice and critical issues of justice that involve tort and insurance law. There are numerous benefits of TIPS membership. We invite you to explore these resources and join the TIPS family today.

FSLC & Fidelity Law Association Joint Fall Virtual Program - The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Fidelity Claims

November 5 - 6, 2020

12:00 PM EST - Join our experts to examine key questions involved in fidelity claims as these principles are being applied and misapplied by the courts today.

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29th Annual Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Virtual Conference

November 10, 2020

10:00 AM EST - Join our expert panels of both plaintiff and defense perspectives, to present and educate on recent developments in the field of Toxic Tort and Environmental Law with 3 diverse topics.

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Chair's Message

John C. McMeekin II

I am delighted to welcome you to the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section! TIPS is a unique, diverse organization that links plaintiff and defense attorneys with corporate, in-house counsel and insurers, all eager to maintain and improve the American civil justice system.

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Diversity & Inclusion: Strategies for Progress in the Workplace

By Sophia Khan - The May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd sparked anger, fear, and renewed conversations about racial injustice. Protests and attention from around the globe prompted employers to rethink and prioritize efforts to combat racism and promoting diversity and inclusion. Employers have a renewed focus on forging a more equitable future. To help better understand the issue, Kate Bally, Director of Labor & Employment, Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, sat down with Sophia Khan, Thomson Reuters Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion..-- Read More in the Employment and Labor Law Committee Newsletter --

50 Days to Make a Difference

TIPS Partners with Feeding America to End Hunger in America

COVID-19 has left more than 54 million Americans facing food insecurity and hunger. That’s 1 in 6 people in our country. 18 million of those are children. ABA TIPS has decided to work with Feeding America to take COVID-19 to (food) court. We are determined to secure a conviction: a conviction to raise $25,000 between November 1, 2020 through December 20, 2020.

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Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award Recipient

Judge Bernice B. Donald

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, was the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award on September 16, 2020. Watch as Judge Donald accepts the award and shares a few words of wisdom and inspiration.

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TIPS Committees & Task Forces

At the heart of TIPS are more than 30 committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in specific areas of practice and provide you with opportunities to interact with, write for and learn from your peers.

Summer 2020 | Vol. 49, No. 4 | Cannabis Law and Policy

TIPS Publications

Whether you are brushing up on an old topic or tackling a new area of practice, we have the information you need. The TIPS library is your source for the practical, how-to advice you need to take your next step. Our bookshelves are stocked with a wealth of information to guide you through your practice and your career. As an added bonus, your membership in the section entitles you to a discount on every TIPS publication.

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More than a membership

TIPS is the ABA’s home for emerging issues and technologies in tort, trial and insurance law. A TIPS membership offers you tools that will enable you to network with others to develop your business, increase your exposure to issues of interest to the insurance industry, and enhance your legal skills.

Committee Spotlight

The Appellate Advocacy Committee is a committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association which provides a professional forum for attorneys interested in all aspects of Appellate Advocacy.

TIPS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The TIPS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession promotes the involvement of attorneys of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women attorneys, attorneys with disabilities and LGBT attorneys into the membership and leadership of the Section.

A Day In The Life Of An Attorney

The TIPS Committees on Diversity and Inclusion, Law in Public Service and Staff Counsel co-sponsor the middle school outreach initiative, A Day in the Life of an Attorney, targeting underrepresented communities during the TIPS Fall Leadership and Section Conference meetings. The program aims at introducing kids to careers in the legal profession early in their education. 

About TIPS

The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section was formed in 1933 with 1,650 members. It was known as the Section of Insurance Law for 24 years until 1957 when the House of Delegates approved a name change to the Section of Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law. From 1979 through 2002, it was known as the Tort and Insurance Practice Section (sometimes referred to as TIPS). In August 2003, TIPS’ name changed to the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section — the Section has, however, retained its original acronym of TIPS.