About the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law 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
E-Mail: mccartr8@nationwide.com

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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:

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2015-16 Nomination Form