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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Safety and Regulatory Considerations of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Iiona D. Scully, Ph.D., Sean Scally, Ryan Clark, Esq., Lewis, Michael R. Carey, Esq., David M. Cades, Ph.D., and Ryan J. Harrington, M.E. – Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies are becoming increasingly available on new vehicles. These systems, such as forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), are designed to provide warnings and/ or features that assist the driver with the driving task. One estimate in the U.S. market suggests that as of May 2018, at least one ADAS feature was available on approximately 92% of all new vehicles.1 These ADAS features are designed to enhance the safety and/or convenience of driving, but are not meant to be a replacement for the driver. With the growing rate of adoption of these technologies, there will be an increased need to investigate and understand ADAS technologies. It is important, in that context, to additionally consider the evolving safety and regulatory impact of and on these technologies more broadly. -- Read More in the Automobile Litigation Committee Newsletter --

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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Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award Recipient

Judge Bernice B. Donald

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, was the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award on September 16, 2020. Watch as Judge Donald accepts the award and shares a few words of wisdom and inspiration.

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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 Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance is a dynamic group of lawyers who focus on the relationship between excess and primary insurers, the laws and regulations applicable to surplus lines, and reinsurance-specific issues.

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.