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  • Annual Meeting 2015
    Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section Annual Meeting Program | January 29, 2015 (Thursday) Join the TICL Section for its 2015 Annual Meeting program! TICL/Tax Section dinner Wednesday, January 28. Click image for details.
  • Chicago Skyline
    Our summer meeting was held at the Conrad Chicago Hotel; Stay tuned for Orlando in 2015! October 9-12, 2015
  • Upcoming Events
    • TICL and Trial Lawyers Sections Reception/Dinner: Wednesday, January 28, 2015


      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 
      Cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m.
      Followed by Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

      Cipriani Wall Street
      55 Wall Street, New York City

      Honoree will be
      Honorable Leslie E. Stein

      $165 per person or $1,650 per reserved table

      To reserve your dinner table or purchase a ticket to this event download reservation form and return to Lori Nicoll with your payment by faxing to (518) 463-5993. For questions, call Lori Nicoll at (518) 487-5563.

      For NYSBA Annual Meeting registration, including registration for the TICL and Trial Lawyers Sections' program on January 29, click here.

    • TICL and Trial Lawyers Sections Annual Meeting: Thursday January 29, 2015

      Wednesday January 28TICL/Trial Annual Reception and Dinner 
      (TICL Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
      (Trial Executive Committee Meeting 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 
      Annual reception and dinner: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 .pm.
      Download Dinner Reservation Form and return to Lori Nicoll with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993. 

      Thursday, January 29, 2015: Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law and Trial Lawyers Sections Annual Meeting Program
      Products Liability Update; Future Damages—How to Evaluate and Prove; Evidence Update; Understanding Attorney Professional Conduct and Misconduct. 
      Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  (Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00 p.m.)
      (TICL Executive Committee meeting 7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) 
      (TICL Section Annual Meeting and Election of Officers and District Representatives 8:30am)
      Register Online Now!
         Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993. 
      To view Program Agenda

      TICL Section Executive Committee Elections: 
      The Report of the Nominating Committee and Nominations may be made from the floor, or TICL Section Members are welcome to submit nominations in advance. Click  here for a nomination form and email, or submit the form to Stephanie Bugos at For nomination questions, call 518.487.5524. For questions regarding the TICL/Trial Annual Meeting program or dinner, contact Lori Nicoll at (518) 487-5563. 

    • January 30: TICL Workers' Compensation Law Division

      The TICL Section Workers' Compensation Law Division will meet as follows:

      Date: January 30, 2015 (Friday)
      Time: Noon - 3:00pm
      Location: New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas (btw W. 53&54 St.), NYC - Room: Midtown, 4th Floor)

      Dial-in information available to members upon request.

      The meeting will be a chance to network with other practitioners from around the state.  We will be discussing current issues and trends that are seen around the state.  We will also discuss recent changes occurring at the Workers’ Compensation Board and policies and procedures that impact our practice.  

      TICL Section Workers' Compensation Law Division Members:  RSVP to Tina Rothaupt at, or for questions, call (518) 487-5669.

      Not a member? 
      Join the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, then Join the Workers' Comp Division

    • March 29 - April 2: YLS Trial Academy (TICL Scholarships Available)

      The NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program that will teach, advance and improve the courtroom skills of young and new lawyers with an emphasis on direct participation.

      Date: March 29-April 2, 2015
      Location: Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY

      View Program Details

      As a sponsor of the 2015 Trial Academy, the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section is pleased to offer two (2) full registration scholarships.

      Download Scholarship Nomination Form

      Please submit nomination forms by February 27, 2014. For questions regarding TICL scholarships to the Trial Academy, contact Stephanie Bugos at or (518) 487-5524. For questions regarding the Trial Academy program, view program details, or contact Amy Jasiewicz at

    • 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

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    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 Liaison

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    2015-16 Nomination Form

  • 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!