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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 Spring Conference

May 23-24, 2024

Join us at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel in La Jolla, California. "Suretyland: For the Love of Surety" is centered around advanced and cutting-edge surety topics that will be presented by industry leaders in an entertaining format.

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ABA-TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy

June 8-12, 2024

Join us at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada for this exemplary litigation training program, with faculty consisting of the top litigators in the country from both the plaintiff and defense bar. Through the program, litigators can simulate every phase of the trial process, receiving real time feedback and instruction throughout the week. The program’s use of qualified medical and engineering experts to serve as witnesses, local trial judges to oversee the final trial, and real jurors to adjudicate the case elevate the quality of the academy.

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TIPS Fall Meeting

October 16-19, 2024

Join us at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort for the TIPS Fall Meeting! This meeting will convene in beautiful Kauai, and you’ll see the “I”nsurance in TIPS in full force as we introduce the Inaugural In-House Counsel Summit! For in-house TIPS members by in-house TIPS members with private sessions as to claims, coverage, and policy. Advance the good work of the Section by joining us for valuable Committee meetings of our General Committees, Standing Committees, Task Forces and Council. Networking opportunities with industry professionals, business meetings and wellness activities are the focus for the start of our new fiscal year.

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Upcoming Events

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

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Welcome to TIPS Communities

This is a space for you to connect with other TIPS members and committees through interactive discussions, content sharing, and much more.

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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

A look inside Court-annexed ADR and Settlement Conferences with U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak

In this episode of Insider TIPS, Rick Alimonti interviews U.S. Magistrate Judge Cherly l. Pollak on the increasing role and success of ADR in the courts.

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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.”

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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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Fall 2023 | Vol. 53, No. 1

The Cost of Drugs: Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit Could Signal the Opening of a New Area of ERISA Class Action Litigation Against Health Plan Fiduciaries

Over the past two decades, fiduciaries of health plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) have largely avoided involvement in the increasingly active area of “excessive fee” fiduciary breach litigation, which has mainly targeted fiduciaries of defined contribution retirement plans. — Read More in the Employee Benefits Law 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.