ABA TIPS Annual Meeting 2013




TIPS at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting
August 8 - 12, 2013
San Francisco, CA

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Welcome, From TIPS Chair Dick Semerdjian



I am looking forward to welcoming you back to California as we wind down the celebration of TIPS’ 80th anniversary - this time in beautiful San Francisco for the ABA Annual Meeting.  Perennially dubbed as America’s favorite city, the kickback lifestyle of San Francisco is contagious and the food and music scene is second to none.  We hope that you can enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer: from the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge to the clattering cable cars on Powell and Lombard Streets.  Enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Marina District, Financial District, Haight-Ashbury and Chinatown. We are fortunate to be housed at the wonderful Westin St. Francis, the epicenter of the wonderful shopping and restaurants of Union Square.

The meeting kicks off on Thursday, August 8th with Section business meetings and the TIPS Council and Past-Chair’s Dinner.  On Friday, August 9th, we will have a full day of Section business meetings.  In the evening, we will have our Welcome, Pursuit of Justice and Liberty Achievement Award Reception at the beautiful Law Offices of Sedgwick, LLP.  Saturday, August 10th is packed with Section business meetings and a free night of exploring the culinary trends, nightlife and clubs of San Francisco.  On Sunday, August 11th, you will have some free time to explore San Francisco.  Sunday night, we will have our James Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner followed by the Section’s Hospitality.  Monday, August 12th will conclude our meeting after the Leadership Breakfast.

TIPS has a remarkable schedule and a vast variety of CLE programs that will run from Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th , planned by the Products Liability, Title Insurance, Ethics and Professionalism,  Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Aviation and Space Law, International Law, Media Privacy and Defamation Law, Professionals’ Officers’ & Directors’ Liability Law, Trial Techniques, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Automobile Law and Staff Counsel Committees at the ABA CLE Centre in Moscone West. This year, we have been selected to provide a Showcase program on Saturday, August 10th that the Animal Law Committee will present.  Please review all of our CLE offerings and plan on attending these excellent programs.

Our schedule is filled with opportunities to learn from the best, enjoy one another’s company, and network with corporate counsel and insurance company representatives from all over the country.  Many thanks to our major sponsors who have helped to support our meeting and its programming.  Also, a personal thank you to my Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs, David Reif and John Buckley, my Annual Meeting Arrangements Chair, Ron Richman, and Annual Meeting Committee members Sue Farina, Grant Law and Jim Riddle.

Finally, it is with great privilege that I was honored to serve as the Chair of TIPS in 2012-2013.  The year was simply epic (both personally and professionally) and my gratitude to all of you for the incredible work you do to benefit our profession. Your dedication to the pursuit of justice is unmatched.  We truly have a great Section and Staff, and together we do wonderful things to better us all as lawyers and as a society - thank you for making it all happen. 

I look forward to seeing you all in San Francisco.

Best Regards,

Dick Semerdjian

Section Chair
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley, LLP

San Diego, CA