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  • 2015 TICL Orlando
    Save the date for the TICL Section's Fall Meeting in Orlando! October 9-12, 2015 | Click image for details
  • 2015 TICL/Trial Dinner - Maroney & Santiago
    Join the TICL Community! Visit the TICL Section's private online professional community to see photos from the Section's Annual Meeting dinner (click image for details).
  • Upcoming Events
    • April 15: Prepare to Practice Seminar - Buffalo

      April 15, 2015
      UB Law School

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    • April 15: Judicial Diversity Program

      An Examination of Judicial Diversity in New York State

      Wednesday, April 15, 2015
      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
      Harris Beach PLLC
      100 Wall Street
      New York, NY

      This program is the first in a series of panel discussions that will address the need for diversity within the New York State judiciary statewide at all levels of the court system.

      There is no charge to attend.  Click here to register.

    • April 21: 5th and 6th District Judiciary Appreciation and Networking Reception

      Judiciary Appreciation and Networking Reception

      5th and 6th Judicial Districts

      April 21, 2015

      5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

      Turning Stone Resort Casino
      5218 patrick Road
      Verona, NY  13478

      View Details and RSVP
      (Free for TICL Section members)

    • May 6 - Third District Reception Honoring New Judges on the Court of Appeals

      The Third District of the TICL Section is pleased to present a  
      Judiciary Appreciation and Networking Reception

      To honor the appointments of 
      Hon. Leslie E. Stein and Hon. Eugene M. Fahey
      to the Court of Appeals

      May 6, 2015

      New York State Bar Center
      One Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

      Details are coming soon -- Save the date!

    • May 2015 Insurance Coverage Update CLE

      Insurance Coverage Update: Important Considerations and Emerging Issues When Coverage Is Disputed and Litigated

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

      Friday, May 8, 2015 | New York City
      Executive Conference Center | 1601 Broadway | New York, NY 10019

      Friday, May 8, 2015 | Syracuse
      Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel | 801 University Avenue | Syracuse, NY 13210-0801

      Friday, May 15, 2015 | Buffalo
      Holiday Inn Amherst | 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. | Amherst, NY 14228

      Friday, May 15, 2015 | Melville, Long Island
      Melville Marriott | 1350 Walt Whitman Road | Melville, NY 11747

      Friday, May 29, 2015 | Albany
      Holiday Inn Albany — Wolf Road | 205 Wolf Road | Albany, NY 12205

      6.5 MCLE Credits: 6.0 hours in Areas of Professional Practice; 0.5 hours in Ethics

      Topics to Be Covered Include:

      • Emerging Claims: Handling The Claim And Litigating The Lawsuits
      • Declaratory Judgment Actions, Discovery & Trial
      • Multiple Party Predicaments
      • Additional Insured Coverage: Interpreting New Endorsements And Applying The Old
      • The Policyholder’s Perspective: Coverage, Claims and Litigation
      • Top Ten Insurance Coverage Decisions

      TICL Section Members: $127.50
      (Section Members Save 15% off the NYSBA Member Rate!)
      NYSBA Members: $150

      Non Members: $250
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

    • 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 Liaison

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

    2015-16 Nomination Form

  • Divisions and Committees
  • Section Member Community

    Start using your TICL member community now (LOG-IN REQUIRED).

    What are Member Communities? 
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members.  

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds. 

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. To access the TICL Section's community, you must be a member of the TICL Section. (Not a member? Join here.) 

    Just like a listserve, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library. 

    > Go to the TICL Section Community

    Watch the How to Use the Communities Video