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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Assessing and Litigating Claims of Automation-induced Errors

May 20, 2021

Join our expert panelist as they discuss a framework for evaluating whether motor vehicle accidents involving vehicles with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technologies were caused by the ADAS technologies unavoidably inducing driver inattentiveness and addressing allegations of driver overreliance on the ADAS, product defect or failure, or driver error.

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Evidence Preservation: The Key to Limiting the Scope of a Breach

By Adam J. Hart - Data exfiltration and extortion continues to be a major threat to companies and government entities in 2021. These tactics are proving to be effective for the prominent ransomware groups as victims have extra pressure to pay ransomware threat actors to avoid having their data published. When a compromise occurs and a network is at risk, evidence collection is often not prioritized. If a physical crime occurs, the police will secure the crime scene to collect the necessary evidence before releasing the scene. Crimes occurring in the digital world should be no different. Rapidly collecting the necessary evidence allows investigators to quickly identify the extent of a potential breach and allow for counsel to assess potential legal obligations. -- Read More in the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee Newsletter --

Insider TIPS Podcast

Lessons Learned with Hasson Barnes

In this episode of Insider TIPS, Julian Ferguson, Chair of the Young Lawyer Division's TIPS Committee, interviews attorney Hasson Barnes about navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as a solo practitioner.

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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.

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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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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 Insurance Regulation Committee addresses issues involving all insurance regulatory matters at the state and federal level, including Congressional oversight. It includes market conduct, solvency, federal/state and consumer protection issues relating to all lines of insurance.

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.