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At the heart of the TIPS you will find 32 committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in specific areas of practice and provide you with a plethora of opportunities to interact with, write for and learn from your peers.

With over 32 substantive committees, there's plenty to choose from. You may join three for free – just for being a TIPS member. Enjoy the benefits of membership--free periodic newsletters on national and state issues, invitations to special CLE programs, publications and more. Join a committee (or several) to learn about new developments, acquire new practice methods and meet others who share your professional interests.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee

TIPS - Admiralty Committee Chair - Anne Kulesa

Covers issues in the practice of admiralty and maritime law.



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Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

TIPS - Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee - Sandra Stevens

Examines policy questions and the practical implications of the uses of arbitration, mediation, negotiation and other non-litigation processes.


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Animal Law

TIPS - Animal Law Committee - Mariann Sullivan - Chair

Examines animal-related issues and the current state of the law, including: estate planning for companion animals, liability standards and insurance coverage when an animal causes harm, appropriate compensation when an animal is killed or injured, standards of care and accountability for animals used in industry and agriculture, expanding notions of what constitutes "cruelty to animals," and the competing interests of wild animals and humans in dwindling resources.

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Appellate Advocacy Committee

TIPS - APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE - David V. Wilson II

Appellate judges and lawyers come together for discussion on a wide variety of substantive and procedural issues.




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Automobile Law Committee

TIPS - AUTOMOBILE LAW COMMITTEE - Benjamin Jones

Covers a wide range of issues arising out of automobile tort liability and insurance Coverage disputes. Its activities cover such areas as: automotive product liability litigation, general liability, insurance issues related to automobile insurance coverage, and legislative proposals concerning automobile tort reform and insurance.

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Aviation And Space Law Committee

TIPS - AVIATION AND SPACE LAW COMMITTEE - Kevin Hilliard

Addresses all issues relating to aviation law including liabilities and obligations arising out of the manufacture, ownership, maintenance and use of aircraft; aviation accident litigation; coverage afforded by aviation insurance policies; and legal issues arising from the growing commercialization of space.

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Business Litigation Committee

TIPS - BUSINESS LITIGATION COMMITTEE - James Myrick - Chair

Provides a forum for discussion and evaluation of issues relating to business torts.

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Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee

TIPS - COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION LITIGATION COMMITTEE - Chad Marchand - Chair

Examines the liabilities and obligations of all forms of commercial carriers and includes regulation and accident issues. The Committee provides an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and tactics with other professionals regularly working in the transportation industry.

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Corporate Counsel Committee

TIPS - CORPORATE COUNSEL COMMITTEE - April Savoy - Chair

Insurance in-house counsel, corporate in-house counsel and outside counsel explore various legal, ethical and practical issues raised in the practice of corporate law.

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Employee Benefits Committee

TIPS - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE - H Douglass Hinson - Chair

The Employee Benefits Committee concentrates on the developments in the constantly evolving practice area of employee benefits, with particular emphasis on litigation and regulatory compliance issues.

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Employment Law And Litigation Committee

TIPS - EMPLOYMENT LAW & LITIGATION COMMITTEE - Tony Cabassa - Chair

The Employment Law & Litigation Committee encompasses all aspects of employment relationships, including recent developments and causes of action as well as litigating and investigating employment law torts.


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Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee

TIPS - EXCESS, SURPLUS LINES AND REINSURANCE (ESLR) - William O'Neill - Chair

If you practice in the areas of excess insurance, the non-admitted market, or reinsurance, this is "the" Committee to join. No other organization inside or outside the ABA provides its members with the programs, publications, contacts, and information needed to stay on top of the industry like ESLR.

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Fidelity and Surety Law Committee

TIPS - EMPLOYMENT LAW & LITIGATION COMMITTEE - Lawrence Moelmann - Chair

The committee focuses on the law of suretyship, fidelity, and forgery insurance.

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Government Law Committee

TIPS - GOVERNMENT LAW COMMITTEE - Gilda Mariani - Chair

Examines the practice of tort liability of federal, state, local and foreign governments as well as their elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers. Also evaluates the law and practice of insuring or financing the risk of that liability.

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Health And Disability Insurance Law Committee

TIPS - GOVERNMENT LAW COMMITTEE - Hisham Amin - Chair

Concentrates on matters relating to health, disability, long-term care, accident, medical and hospital expense insurance contracts. Examines the laws and the regulation of laws governing the health and disability areas, including state insurance laws; ERISA; ADA and COBRA; and the interplay between state and federal law.

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Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

TIPS - INSURANCE COVERAGE LITIGATION COMMITTEE - Judith Goodman  - Chair

Provides a hands-on approach to insurance litigation, exploring both the tactical and procedural aspects.

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Insurance Regulation Committee

TIPS - INSURANCE COVERAGE LITIGATION COMMITTEE - Susan Stead - Chair

Issues addressed within the committee include regulation of both life and health, and property and casualty insurance entities at the state level, subject to Congressional oversight, for purposes of promoting the soundness and solvency of insurers. Protecting consumers, promoting the availability and affordability of essential insurance and assuring fair insurance trade practices are also examined.

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Intellectual Property Law Committee

TIPS - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW COMMITTEE -  Barbara Joan Gislason  - Chair

The Committee is made up of attorneys-plaintiffs, defense, insurance and corporate counsel-who practice in the area of intellectual property. The Committee focuses on such topics as tort and insurance claims, managing intellectual property risk, and insurance capitalization for intellectual property risks.

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International Committee

TIPS - INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE - John McMeekin - Chair

The International Committee provides comprehensive coverage of transnational tort litigation and insurance law issues. Addresses recent developments as well as international aspects of U.S., conventional and foreign law.

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Law And Technology

TIPS - LAW AND TECHNOLOGY - Todd Miller - Chair

The Committee covers a wide variety of interests with two principal areas, insurance coverage for e-commerce risks and the regulation of e-commerce.

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Life Insurance Law Committee

TIPS - LIFE INSURANCE LAW COMMITTEE  - Aaron Pohlmann - chair

Focused on the existing and changing relationships among insureds, annuitants, contract owners, beneficiaries, agents, brokers and life insurance companies. This committee examines the contracts and laws affecting those relationships as well as the external developments that impact them and employment retirement plans.

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Media, Privacy, And Defamation Law Committee

TIPS - MEDIA, PRIVACY, AND DEFAMATION LAW COMMITTEE  - Dana J McElroy

Concentrates on the law of defamation and insurance coverage for it, including libel, slander and invasion of privacy. Addresses questions involving access of the media and the public to public documents, trials and other types of public hearings.

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Medicine And Law Committee

TIPS - MEDICINE AND LAW COMMITTEE   - louise derevlany, III - Chair

Provides a forum for attorneys and health care professionals to learn and exchange ideas relating to the laws governing health care, including: litigation and risk management; federal and state legislation updates; fraud and abuse; insurance; long-term care; managed care; on-line health care, telemedicine, and other related areas.

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Products, General Liability And Consumer Law Committee

TIPS - PRODUCTS, GENERAL LIABILITY AND CONSUMER LAW COMMITTEE - Scott Elder - Chair

Addresses all issues relating to litigation developments and regulatory matters of interest to lawyers that are practitioners in products, general liability, and consumer law fields.

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Professionals', Officers' And Directors' Liability Committee

TIPS - PROFESSIONALS', OFFICERS' AND DIRECTORS' LIABILITY COMMITTEE - Machua Millet - Chair

Focuses on laws governing the duties, responsibilities and liability of professionals including: directors and officers, attorneys, bankers, accountants and insurance and securities brokers. This committee also addresses insurance coverage designed to protect such professionals.

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Property Insurance Law Committee

TIPS - PROPERTY INSURANCE LAW COMMITTEE   - Richard Gable - Chair

Focuses on vital legal and practical issues facing the insurance industry and the insurance consumer in the area of first-party property insurance.

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Self-Insurers And Risk Managers Committee

TIPS - SELF-INSURERS AND RISK MANAGERS COMMITTEE   - James Tortorella - Chair

Examines matters relating to the law and risk management governing self-insurance, including traditional insurance and alternatives to traditional insuring mechanisms, tort and contractual liability, and the relationship between risk managers and outside counsel. Addresses issues of particular interest to in-house litigation attorneys and insurance company representatives.

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Staff Counsel

TIPS - STAFF COUNSEL COMMITTEE - Denise Di Mascio - Chair

Addresses the concerns of attorneys practicing as staff counsel, but open to all TIPS members including representatives from panel counsel, the plaintiff’s bar and those concerned with regulatory aspects of the insurance business.

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Title Insurance Litigation Committee

TIPS - TITLE INSURANCE LITIGATION COMMITTEE   - Jennifer Pugh Stephens - Chair

Covers all matters relating to the law of title insurance, both legislative and judicial. Examines contractual and extra-contractual disputes between and among insured, insurers, third parties, and governmental or quasi-governmental bodies.

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Toxic Torts And Environmental Law Committee

TIPS - TOXIC TORTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE   - Stanley Goos - Chair

Addresses all issues relating to litigation and regulation involving toxic tort, hazardous waste, chemical and pharmaceutical exposure. Also studies environmental liability matters; compliance with environmental laws; and insurance coverage relating to these issues

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Trial Techniques Committee

TIPS - TRIAL TECHNIQUES COMMITTEE - Stephen Chappelear - Chair

Examines all aspects of trial techniques at all stages of litigation. Enables members to better develop litigation skills for use in representing plaintiffs and defendants.

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Workers' Compensation And Employers' Liability Law Committee

TIPS - WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY LAW COMMITTEE - Alan Pierce - Chair

Focuses on the interpretation and construction of state workers' compensation law and monitors national trends in the field.

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For enrollment in a committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. NOTE: If you are already a Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section member, you may join up to three (3) committees at no additional cost. However, if you are not a Section member, you must join the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section first. If you have any questions regarding participation in TIPS Committees contact our Membership Specialist Linda Wiley or call 312/988-5673.

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