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  • CCS Networking Reception
    November 6. 2014 LaGuardia Sheraton, Flushing, NY Register now for the TICL Fall Meeting with an Open Executive Committee Meeting, CLE, and Reception 3-8 pm
  • Trial Lawyer members with Judge Lippman and Seymour James
    Welcome to the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section Former Chairs Jean Gerbini and Robert McCarthy pictured here with Evan Goldberg, NYSBA HOD member, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Former TICL Chair Tom Maroney, and Immediate Past NYSBA President Seymour James
  • Chicago Skyline
    Our summer meeting was held at the Conrad Chicago Hotel; Stay tuned for Orlando in 2015! October 9-12, 2015
  • Upcoming Events
    • October-Section Members Save 15% on Deposition Skills CLE: 10/16 LI, 10/17 Albany, 10/23 Buffalo, & 10/24 NYC + webcast

      Don’t miss your chance to save 15%!  Register for Honing Your Deposition Skills today!


      The examination before trial of both the adverse witness and an attorney’s own client can may make or break the case in court. The ability to properly prepare witnesses, conduct and defend examinations before trial, and effectively use the transcript, is essential to your practice.  New and experienced attorneys involved in virtually all areas of the law will benefit from this extremely practical seminar. Seasoned practitioners will present an overview of the law governing depositions and will provide practice pointers on many topics relative to deposition practice under both New York and Federal court practice.


      Don’t miss this opportunity to build and sharpen your deposition skills!


      Click on the links below to view agenda and faculty lists:

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Melville, Long Island

      Friday, October 17, 2014 – Albany

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Buffalo

      * Friday, October 24, 2014 – New York City & LIVE WEBCAST AVAILABLE!


      9:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Skills, 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics

      * Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.


      TICL Section Members: $106.25

      (Section Members Save 15% off the NYSBA Member Rate!)

      NYSBA Members: $125
      Non Members: $225
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.


      Save the Dates

      TICL Fall Meeting!

      CLE Programming and Open EC Meeting

      Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

      Thursday, November 6, 2014

      Register Now   See the Brochure


      TICL Annual Meeting and CLE Programming

      Wednesday January 28, 2015 Annual Dinner

      Thursday January 29, 2015 Annual Meeting Election of Officers and MCLE Program

      Annual Meeting TICL /Trial Lawyers Sections  Joint CLE topics


      Questions about upcoming events?? Stayed tuned at Torts Insurance and Compensation Law Section , or contact Pat Johnson (518) 487-5688, or Tina Rothaupt (518) 487-5669,

    • 2014 Law School for Insurance Professionals

      Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law 2014 Law School for Insurance Professionals Program

      Friday, September 19, 2014:  Albany 
      New York State Bar Association, Great Hall
      One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

      Register here for Albany 

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014: Syracuse
      Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center
      801 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210

      Register here for Syracuse

      Friday, October 17, 2014:  Long Island
      Melville Marriott Long Island
      1350 Walt Whitman Road
      Melville, New York 11747

      Register here for Long Island

      Monday, October 20, 2014:  New York City
      NYS Insurance Fund
      199 Church Street, Auditorium 15th Floor
      New York, NY  10007

      Register here for New York City

      Monday, October 27, 2014:  Buffalo
      Holiday Inn Amherst
      1881 Niagara Falls Boulevard
      Amherst, NY  14228

      Register here for Buffalo  

      See the brochure here for more information on location and speakers.

      Please contact Patricia Johnson at (518) 487-5688 for more information.

    • Nov. 6, 2014 TICL Open EC meeting and Ethics CLE Program and Reception

      TICL Fall Meeting Strength by Association

      Mentoring and the Power of Diversity

      Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, Queens NY 11354

      Register Now - Space is Limited


      See the Brochure and Register by phone, fax, or mail

      The New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section invites you to join them for an Open Executive Committee Meeting and a CLE Program entitled Mentoring and the Power of Diversity. Our distinguished panel including the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, will review a series of real-life ethical problems that arise in the practice of law. One focus will be the process of mentoring (or being mentored by) an attorney whose background may be different from one’s own.

      Questions?? Email to   or contact Pat Johnson or Tina Rothaupt 518.463.3200.


      Program Information

      The panel discussion will qualify for 2.0 hours of MCLE Ethics and Professionalism Credits suitable for all attorneys including newly admitted attorneys. It is offered for $20.00 for TICL Section members; $50.00 for non-members. NYSBA members enroll in TICL now ($40). Your section membership continues through 2015 and your registration is included by calling State Bar Service Center 800.582.2452 or Pat Johnson 518.487.5688.  Not a NYSBA member? Click here for a special NYSBA membership offer through 2015 for non-NYSBA members. Call the State Bar Service Center now 1.800.582.2452 and have your registration included in the membership offer.


      Program Schedule Thursday November 6, 2014

      3 – 4 p. m. Open Executive Committee Meeting


      4 - 6 p. m.  Continuing Legal Education Program: Interactive Mentoring Panel Discussion


      6 – 8 p.m. Reception to Celebrate Diversity


      The New York State Bar Association has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.


      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for his/her hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to: Pat Johnson, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207.


      2.0 MCLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism


      Questions or for more information please contact: Patricia Johnson at 518.487.5688 phone or digital fax,


      Register Now


      Other program dates and information:


      Honing Your Deposition Skills: TICL members save 15%

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Buffalo

      * Friday, October 24, 2014 – New York City & LIVE WEBCAST AVAILABLE!


      TICL Law School for Insurance Professionals  (This program is for geared for insurance professionals and does not provide MCLE credits.)

      Monday October 27, 2014 Buffalo, NY


      NYSBA Annual Meeting Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at New York Hilton Midtown, NYC   |TICL/Trial Lawyers joint reception and dinner 6 pm


      Annual Meeting of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law  Section and CLE Programming | Thursday, January 29, 2015


      October 9-12, 2015  TICL 2015 Fall Meeting at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Florida

    • January 28, 2015 TICL and TL Sections Annual Dinner

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Save the Date for The TICL and TL Sections Annual Dinner, New York City, Reception 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:30 pm

    • January 28-29, 2015 NYSBA Annual Meeting TICL Executive Committee Meetings and TICL Section Annual Meeting Election of Officers

      Save January 28  and January 29, 2015 for the TICL Annual Meeting events:

      Wednesday January 28

      Executive Meeting meeting 2-4:30 pm;

      Annual reception and dinner  6:30-10:30pm

      Thursday January 29, 2015:

      Executive Committee meeting 7:15am - 8:30am;

      Annual Meeting of the Section and Election of Officers and District Representatives of the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section 
      Time: 8:30 a.m.   
      Report of the Nominating Committee and Nominations may be made from the floor.  TICL Section Members are welcome to submit nominations. Click here for a nomination form and email or fax the form to TICL Section Attorney Liaison Patricia Johnson 518.487.5688.

      CLE Program All day 

      NYSBA Annual Meeting: 

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      (between 53rd and 54th Streets, NYC, 10019)

    • October 9-12, 2015 TICL Fall Meeting at Universal Orlando

      Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section
      Fall Meeting
      October 9 – 12, 2015
      Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

      Mark your calendars to save the date for the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section (TICL)  2015 Fall Meeting.  Next year it will be held at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Florida.  Bring the family and enjoy a south seas vacation with swaying palm trees and tropical breezes.  People have always been captivated by the allure of the South Seas. You can experience the wonder of such island paradises as Fiji, Bali and Hawaii without sailing halfway around the globe.  Loews Royal Pacific Resort transports guests to the enchanted isles of the tropics.  Check out their website: and save date flyer for exclusive deluxe on-site hotel guest benefits.

  • About the Section

    Welcome! The Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. Among the resources available for Section members on this site are Section publications, coming soon access to the TICL Section e-community discussion forums, and substantive case reviews via Law Watch search results on topics of interest to the Section. Section members receive the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Journal , the Construction & Surety Law Newsletter, and TICL e-news free as a benefit of membership.

    Meet the 2014 Section Chair

    Robert H. Coughlin, Jr.

    Robert H. Coughlin

    Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section

    Robert Coughlin, Jr. is the 2014 Chair of the 2,608 member "TICL" Section.

    Mr. Coughlin is a partner at Flink Smith LLC (2003-present) with offices in Saratoga and the Capital District.  His practice areas include civil litigation, including negligence, serious personal injury, construction accidents, fire and explosions, products liability and commercial litigation.

    A longtime member of the New York State Bar Association, he recently served as Vice Chair to the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section.

    Coughlin has served as the Committee Chair of the TICL Membership Committee and the TICL Committee on Laws and Practices.  He currently serves on the NYSBA Committee on the Torts system (2003-present) and has served on the NYSBA Committee on the Attorneys' Fees. 

    He is the two time recipient of the TICL Award, Committee Chair of the Year, in 1996 and 1999.  He is a frequent lecturer for NYSBA.

    Section Bylaws

    View from the Chair - May 2013

    Welcome to the virtual home of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section (TICL) of the New York State Bar Association. The TICL Section prides itself on the meaningful value-added services that it consistently has provided to its members, and for which it continues to be known. Whether it is The TICL Journal, featuring peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice areas we represent, our exceptional continuing legal education course offerings, Section networking events, or any of the myriad of other services to our membership, TICL offers an assortment of opportunities for professional development. We also offer easy access to updated case law, proposed legislation that impacts our areas of practice, as well as a forum to discuss ideas among our peers throughout the state.

    Membership is the engine that drives the Section, and its members and leaders are its fuel. The TICL Section includes attorneys that represent all manner of parties in every conceivable civil forum. We hale from a cross-section of industry and include plaintiffs, defendants, general practice law firms, staff counsel, risk managers and litigation management executives. Our ranks include respected members of the bench and bar, all of whom are dedicated and supportive professionals who share their time and expertise. From formal mentoring of young lawyers, to Superstorm Sandy volunteer relief efforts through partnership with the Bar Foundation and other professional organizations, TICL members are in service to others in the legal community and beyond.

    TICL is unique in that the Section also focuses on substantive and procedural issues facing attorneys practicing in the area of torts, insurance and compensation law. Our Committees reflect this emphasis, targeting over 15 substantive areas of law that include: Automobile Liability, Business Torts and Employment Litigation, Ethics and Professionalism, Information Technology, Insurance Coverage, Municipal Law, Premises Liability/Labor Law, Products Liability and Professional Liability. The Section also has two Divisions targeted to issues addressing practitioners in the Construction and Surety Law and Workers’ Compensation Law arenas. With the benefit of multiple practice-area perspectives, our members are increasingly networked, and a number of events are held throughout the year offering the chance to enhance one’s knowledge and exchange ideas with colleagues that share similar interests. Additional membership resources include archived, searchable Section publications and access to TICL Section discussion forums.

    Among other initiatives, the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section has embraced the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity efforts. TICL has been recognized as a 2013 “Section Diversity Champion” for our efforts on the diversity and inclusion fronts. TICL has placed, and continues to place, considerable emphasis on a number of opportunities for minority attorneys, including but not limited to mentoring, leadership development, CLE scholarship, NYSBA event sponsorship and a host of other initiatives that are aimed at fostering diversity within our membership and Executive Committee. More ambitious pursuits lie ahead as we continue to focus on growing our membership through young and diverse practitioners.
    The TICL summer meeting this year is in the great City of Annapolis, Maryland, from August 18th to 21st. Please join us for CLE, camaraderie and fun in a nearby Capitol City on the waterfront, which is home to the United States Naval Academy and a short drive to Baltimore and D.C. sights and activities.

    To our members and future members: In being a part of the Section, the Section is invested in you. Join us and be active. Lecture, write, publish, learn, network. Take advantage of everything that TICL has to offer. In a word, belong. You will be glad that you do. The opportunities are endless and you always are welcome.

    ROBERT F. McCARTHY, 2013 Chair
    NYSBA Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
    Nationwide Trial Division
    Northeast Zone Practice Group Leader
    330 Old Country Road, Suite 200
    Mineola, NY 11501
    Phone: (516) 493-4516
    Cell: (516) 761-2982
    Facsimile: (516) 493-4501

    Like what you see?

    As a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association you have access to our wonderful journals, website and our enewsletter. But there is more. Our section is comprised of over 15 committees in substantive areas of law, as well as two Divisions. As a member of our section, they are free to join. Click on the link for a copy of our latest BROCHURE. Please get involved and join a committee or division or two. Please tell your friends and colleagues about us and give them a copy of our brochure.

    Contact Us

    To contact any member of our Executive Committee for information, to join a committee or to provide your opinion or feedback, click on the link below:

    Executive Committee | Join the Section | Join a Committee | Contact NYSBA Staff Attorney Liaison

    (Please note that you must be logged in as a Section member in order to view Executive Committee Contact information) 

  • Divisions and Committees
  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Professional Online Private Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for TICL Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!