January 08, 2018

New York, New Jersey attorney Armen Shahinian to receive ABA fidelity and surety law award

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2018 — The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor New Jersey and New York attorney Armen Shahinian with its Martin J. Andrew Award on Jan. 25 during the Fidelity and Surety Law 2018 Midwinter Conference, Jan. 24-26 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Martin J. Andrew Award is the highest award given by the TIPS’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. It is considered the pinnacle of achievement for anyone practicing fidelity and/or surety law.

“During the decades that he has actively served the committee, Armen has devoted countless hours to supporting our members, encouraging participation in the committee from across our industry, and promoting scholarship in the law that is critical to our work,” said Toni Scott Reed, chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. “The strength and stability of the committee, and its success over time, are a direct result of his leadership, service, and skill.”

Shahinian is a member of the firm Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, fidelity and surety law and bankruptcy. He joined the firm in 1977 and today leads the firm’s nationally recognized Fidelity and Surety Group, one of the largest in the country.

Shahinian is a longtime active member of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, having served one year as chair in 2000. He has served as a member of the editorial board of TIPS’s quarterly publication “The Brief” and served as a member of TIPS’s Continuing Legal Education Board.  Shahinian is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and served as its chair in 1992.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Surety Claims Institute and editor-in-chief of its newsletter. He currently serves on the Attorney Advisory Council of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and is an adviser to the Surety and Fidelity Claims Committees of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America. Shahinian is also a trustee of the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County. In the mid-1990s, he assisted with founding the Fidelity Law Association and currently serves as adviser emeritus.

Shahinian is a graduate of New York University Law School, where he served as associate editor of the Annual Survey of American Law.

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 17,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

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