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October 12, 2021

Dallas lawyer Jennifer Kilpatrick to receive ABA Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2021 — Dallas, Texas, lawyer Jennifer Kilpatrick will receive the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial and Insurance Law during the TIPS Fall Meeting, Oct. 13-16, in Dallas.

The award is named in honor of Kirsten Christophe, a former TIPS Council member who perished Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attack. This award is given to TIPS members with the exemplary attributes of balancing career, profession and family in life and practice.

“Jennifer Kilpatrick is an outstanding attorney,” said John McMeekin, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “Her professional expertise in the field of toxic torts, mass torts and product liability litigation is second to none, but more than that, Jennifer is a thoughtful and considerate person and I’ve been in awe of her ability to juggle a successful career, raise a wonderful family and give back to her community.”

Following a 22-year career as a partner with Swanson, Martin and Bell, and later as of counsel at Riley Safer Holmes, Kilpatrick felt called to join the ministry. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in May 2021 and now serves as senior pastor of Northgate United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas.  

Kilpatrick has served TIPS in multiple leadership roles including chair of the Women Trial Lawyer’s Committee, chair of the CLE Board, chair of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee and as a member of TIPS Council.

She received her J.D. from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and her bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or [email protected].

The ABA Tort Trial and 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 over 20,000 members and more than 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 and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

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