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The Motor Vehicle Hitch: How to Avoid It, How to Deal with It

Program Description:  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.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Education and the Torts, Inusrance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Friday, September 13 | Buffalo

7.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Skills; 1.0 Ethics; 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice 

NYSBA Members: $175 | Non-member: $275
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section: $150

Auto and Truck Brochure 2019

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Learn more about the Auto and Truck Claims, Accidents and Litigation CLE program series


9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.        Introduction 

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Anatomy of An Accident:  Pre-Accident and Post-Accident Investigation | 1.0 Skills 
                                          - The Import and Implications of Accident Reconstruction
                                          - Fact Discovery
                                          - Abnormal Conditions
                                          - Failure of Control

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.    Criminal law that civil lawyers need to know | 1.0 Skills
                                          - Discussion on How Criminal Proceedings and Findings Can Impact a Civil Proceeding
                                          - How Are a Party’s Rights Impacted 
                                          - Penalties or Sanctions

10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.     Break

11:05 a.m.  - 11:55 a.m.    Ethical Issues in MVA cases | 1.0 Ethics
                                           - Representing Multiple Injured Parties
                                           - Settlements with Guardianships
                                           - Driver v. Passenger Dilemmas

11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.       Lunch 

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.                 Nuts and Bolts of UM and UIM | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice
                                           - Basic Concepts for Preserving UM and SUM Coverage
                                           - Priority of Coverage
                                           - Petitions to Stay

1:50 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.         Liability Problems: from Spoliation to Distracted Driving | 1.0 Skills 
                                           -  Spoliation of Evidence
                                           -  Texting, Calls and Discovery in Today’s Connected World
                                           -  The Problem with Driver Complacency

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.        Break  

2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.        Coverage Issues Impacting Automobile Litigation | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice
                                           - Coverage Under an Auto, CGL or Both?
                                           - The Non-Trucking Use Endorsement
                                           - “Other Insurance” Claims and the Interplay of Coverage Priorities
                                           - Minimum Insurance Requirements
                                           - Duty to Defend and Exploring Possible Exclusions

3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        Evaluating Damages and Use of Experts | 1.0 Skills
                                           - Expert’s Deposition and Trial Testimony
                                           - How the Use of a Consultant and Expert Can Change Your Case  

Overall Program Planning Co-Chairs:
Joanna M. Roberto | Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick | Island Companies

Program Location Chairs
Jennifer L. Dominelli, Esq. | Smith Dominelli & Guetti LLC | Albany
Richard L. Weber, Esq. | Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC | Syracuse 
Alyssa Jordan Pantzer, Esq. | Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. | NYC
Thomas J. Dargan, Esq. | Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP | Long Island
Thomas P. Cunningham, Esq. | Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC | Buffalo

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to
Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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To view the full list of Continuing Legal Education Programs, click here.
If you have any questions about the content of this program, please contact Simone Smith, CLE Program Manager, or Bridget Donlon, CLE Program Coordinator.
For any questions related to program registration, please contact the New York State Bar Association's Member Resource Center by email at, or by phone at 800-582-2452

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October 22 
New York Insurance Fund | 199 Church Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10007

October 24
New York State Bar Association | 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

Co-Sponsored by the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section,the New York Claims Association & The New York Insurance Association 

New York Insurance Association Logo    New York Claims Association Logo

Lunch will be provided. 

Registration Fee: $105 Non-Members| NYSBA, NYIA & NYCA: $94.50 | Law Students: $20

*Included: Program, lunch and breaks

Group Rates  
$94.50 | 5 or more from the same company 
$85.50 | 5 or more from NYIA, NYCA,and TICL Section Members 

Send company name, contact details, and list of attendee names to for registration.  

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Program & Speakers

8:30-8:55am Registration 

8:55-9:00am Welcome and Introductions

9:00-9:55am Emerging Issues Involving Sexual Abuse Claims 
Explore coverage and exclusions for intentional and criminal acts, the interplay between multiple policies, coverage gaps and the ultimate dilemma of lost policies
NYC Speaker | Melinda B. Margoiles, Kaufman Borgees

9:55-10:45am Workers Compensation: Lessons Learned and Heard 
NYC Speaker | Dirk Marschhausen, Marschhausen & Fitzpatrick, P.C.

10:45-11:00am Refreshment Break

11:00-11:55pm The Construction Law Quandary: From Insurance to Liability
NYC Speaker | Georgia G. Coats, Wade Clark Mulcahy, LLP

11:55-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-1:50pm First Party Claims: Claims, Calculations, and Concerns
An analysis of crippling property damage claims that include multiple components such as business interruption and deep dive into exclusions and post-loss obligations

1:50-2:40pm Premises Liability Problems 
NYC Speaker | Leonard M. Cascone, Cascone & Kluepfel

2:40-2:50pm Break

2:50-3:40pm Weighing the Difference Between Verdicts and Settlement
NYC Speakers | Paul Devine, Gerber Ciano, Kelly Brady, LLP.| Ret. Hon. Judge P. Spinola, Resolute System, LLC. 
A close review and discussion of verdicts, modified awards and settlements in the various venues of New York.

3:40-4:30pm The Cannons of a Claims File Fortification
NYC Speaker | Joanne Engeldrum, Rivkin Radler 
Discussion on the latest and most concerning issues arising out of the file handling; disclosure of claim notes and understanding the importance

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Contact Gina Bartosiewicz, Section Liaison, to register with a group rate or for information about the TICL section. 

To register by phone, contact our Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

TICL Law School for Insurance Professionals

Recorded November 7, 2018 - Albany, NY

The 2018 Law School for Insurance Professionals was only held in Albany this year.  The Program was recorded and is available for purchase.

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This program does not carry MCLE or CE credit.

Topics and Speakers:

Additional Insured Coverage: Shifting The Risk With Contracts And Endorsements
Speaker: Laurie A. Vahey, Esq., Vahey Muldoon Reston Getz LLP (Rochester, NY)

Dealing With Data Breach, Business Interruption and Privacy Claims
Speaker: Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq., Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC (Rochester, NY)

Claims Investigation: When, Why and How Should You? Before and after litigation; impact of covered and uncovered claims
Speaker: Paul J. Callahan, Esq., Brown & Kelly, LLP (Buffalo, NY)

Auto: Impact of Court of Appeals Decision in Rodriguez v. City of New York - Who is responsible and how to handle Uber/Lyft and personal auto policy claims
Speaker: Alyssa Jordan Pantzer, Esq., Ryan & Conlon, LLP (New York, NY) 

Primary vs. Excess Insurers: Friends or Foes? 
Speaker: Thomas Cunningham, Esq., Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf & Cunningham LLC (Buffalo, NY)

Workers Compensation: Compensability Issues Arising Out Of MVAs
Speaker: John H. Snyder, Esq., Gitto & Niefer LLP (New Hartford, NY)

Recovery and Reimbursement: How Do I Do That?  Interaction between GOL 5-335, Statutory Liens, Medicare/Medicaid, Erisa, Health/Disability claims for reimbursement and which are recoverable and which are not in the third party action and why it is important in determining  claim valuations.
Speaker: Dirk Marschhausen, Esq., Marschhausen & Fitzpatrick PC (Hicksville, NY)

Cost: $120 per person
10% discount for TICL Section members and NYIA members ($108) each).  TICL member discount will be applied automatically; NYIA discount with coupon code which is available from NYIA staff.

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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 and access to the TICL Section's private online professional community. Section members receive the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Journal  and the Construction & Surety Law Division's newsletter, Deconstruction, as a benefit of membership.

Meet the Chair:  

Jim O'Connor

James P. O'Connor, Esq. (View profile)
Maroney O'Connor LLP | New York, NY 

Current Officers
CHAIR:  James P. O'Connor, Esq., Maroney O'Connor LLP (New York)

VICE-CHAIR:  Lori E. Petrone, Esq., Kenney Shelton Liptak Novak LLP (Buffalo)
SECRETARY: Michael P. O'Brien, Esq., O'Brien Law Firm, PLLC (New York)
TREASURER:  Brendan Francis Baynes, Esq., The Baynes Law Firm PLLC (Ravena)

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