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.

2020 Virtual Fall Meeting, October 7-9, 2020

Registration is Open!

Our 2020 Fall Meeting will be virtual, October 7-9. Attend meetings, join us for an inspiring plenary session, and network with colleagues new and old at one of our two networking receptions. We hope to see you there!

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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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Pandemic-Related Business Interruption Losses

By Jeffrey E. Thomas - Widespread shelter-in-place orders have caused thousands of businesses to shut down temporarily, resulting in hundreds of billions of dollars in business losses. Many businesses have turned to their property insurance business interruption coverage looking for some financial relief. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed seeking business interruption benefits from property policies. -- Read More in the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Newsletter --

Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award Winner

Judge Bernice B. Donald

Join TIPS members from across the country as we raise a glass to toast and celebrate the work of Judge Donald. Hear from TIPS Chair John McMeekin and Sharon Sayles Belton, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at Thomson Reuters, as they recount Judge Donald's impact on the profession.

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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.

Summer 2020 | Vol. 49, No. 4 | Cannabis Law and Policy

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 Appellate Advocacy Committee is a committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association which provides a professional forum for attorneys interested in all aspects of Appellate Advocacy.

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.