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.

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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The Impact Rule: A Bar to Negligence Liability for Purely Emotional Damages

By Heather St. Clair - There are good reasons why the law bars grieving Kobe Bryant fans from suing the helicopter pilot for emotional distress caused by his fatal crash. To prevent indeterminate and unlimited liability like this, most states generally bar liability for negligent conduct that causes only emotional harm. See Restatement Third of Torts, § 47 Negligent Conduct Directly Inflicting Emotional Harm on Another. In many jurisdictions, this rule is known as the “impact rule” and it requires some physical injury before negligence liability may attach. -- Read More in the Business Litigation Committee Newsletter --

Transportation Megaconference XV: Trucking and Motor Carrier Litigation

March 25, 2021

1:00 PM EST - Join the XV Megaconference (Virtually) and learn from expert panels on plaintiff and defense trial and settlement strategies, including how to use emotion and handle policy limit and overinflated medical expense cases.

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Insider TIPS Podcast

Episode One is Now Available!

Episode one of Insider TIPS, the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's premier podcast titled "Lessons Learned in the Virtual World: An Interview with the Honorable Peter Reyes" is now available to listen.

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Reasons for the Disappearing Jury Trial: Perspectives from Attorneys and Judges

New ABA study explains why civil and criminal jury trials are disappearing

CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2020 – As jury trials disappear from American courtrooms, lawyers, judges and legislators should consider changing four factors that are suppressing such trials: civil damage caps, mandatory arbitration, criminal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences.

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Practice Forward Amid COVID-19

ABA Practice Forward

Practice Forward was created to provide practical tools, insight and guidance for lawyers, law students and legal professionals as they move their practice and careers forward amid the pandemic and in the longer-term, as the practice of law undergoes significant change.

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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.

Fall2020 | Vol. 50, No. 1 | The ALI Liability Insurance Restatement

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 purpose of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee is to promote the objectives of the ABA and TIPS, and to further the development, study of, and expertise in practice and improvement of the application of justice concerning matters relating to fidelity and surety.

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.