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.

California Court of Appeal Clarifies Rules For Equitable and Prescriptive Easements

California Court of Appeal recently issued a ruling in Hansen v. Sandridge Partners, L.P., (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 1020 [232 Cal.Rptr.3d 247, 250], reh’g denied (May 1, 2018) (Hansen), addressing the “innocence” element of an equitable easement analysis, the “contributory negligence” of the person opposing an equitable easement, and whether a prescriptive easement can be granted for a permanent structure. Find out more on the Title Insurance Litigation Committee Fall 2018 Issue

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.

The Brief is the section's quarterly  magazine for lawyers practicing tort and insurance law, full of practical articles that appeal to all members.

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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Committee Spotlight

The International Committee addresses the practical international aspects of tort, trial and insurance practice. This means that we care about the international issues that our members encounter in their practices and in promoting international networking opportunities. We focus on delivering content and creating partnerships that bring our members these benefits.

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 Diversty Committee

The TIPS Standing Committee on Diversity 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.