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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.

Fidelity & Surety Law Midwinter Conference

January 24-26, 2024

Join us at The Roosevelt in New Orleans, Louisiana. The construction, surety, and fidelity programs are packed with leading attorneys and consultants in the industry.

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Insurance Coverage Litigation Conference

February 22-24, 2024

Join us at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California. This dynamic CLE program ensures a panoramic view of the current legal landscape, offering attendees knowledge and strategies to navigate this ever-changing field.

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48th Annual Symposium on Insurance, Life, Health, and Disability Benefits

February 23-24, 2024

Join us at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California. While focusing on the latest trends and issues in life insurance, health and disability insurance, employee benefits, ERISA, and insurance regulation, this program will feature a roundtable discussion led by state insurance commissioners, which will focus on the latest challenges and issues in insurance regulation.

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Upcoming Events

TIPS events bring you timely topics, leading speakers and unmatched in-person networking opportunities.

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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.

TIPS Committees

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.

Insider TIPS Podcast

Lost in Translation: Hiring and Vetting Interpreters

In this episode of Insider Tips, Sam Segal interviews attorney and former interpreter Federico Rodriguez about his experiences hiring, vetting, and correcting interpreters, sometimes literally while on the stand.

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Empowering ourselves changes our lives. Empowering others changes our communities.

The Financial Literacy Project is a long-term public service project that evolves with the needs of our communities. TIPS Chair John McMeekin said, “This project invests in the financial education of our communities, empowering and guiding all of us to a stronger and more secure financial future. I urge you to share The FLP with your colleagues and community organizations.”

November 2023 eTIPS Newsletter

Your source for the latest TIPS news

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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Spring 2023 | Vol. 52, No. 3

Third Circuit Affirms IRS Against Delaware Captives Bureau

By Daniel Barry, Locke Lord LLP - In an opinion published in April, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (“Third Circuit”) affirmed the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) authority to compel the production of documents and testimony from the Delaware Department of Insurance (“Department”). -- Read More in the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee Newsletter -- >>>>>

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. 

Chair's Message

Loren D. Podwill

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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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.