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    TICL Law School for Insurance Professionals - September 2016
  • Upcoming Events
    • August 16, 2016: Yankees v. Blue Jays and CLE on Assumption of risk

      August 16, 2016: Yankees v. Blue Jays - and a CLE on Assumption of Risk

      5:00 p.m. - 1 hour CLE on Assumption of Risk at Supreme Court, Bronx County, presented by Kevin G. Faley, Esq.
      7:00 p.m. - Enjoy the game at Yankee Stadium

      Presented by the Defense Association of New York (DANY), in association with the NYSBA Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section (TICL) and American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

      Cost: $80 for members of DANY, TICL or ABOTA | $95 for non-members

      Please note that NYSBA is not the MCLE provider for this course.

      For event details and to register, visit

    • September 2016: Law School for Insurance Professionals


      Law School for Insurance Professionals 2016

      Albany | Buffalo | Long Island | New York City

      Co-sponsored by the NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section (TICL) and New York Insurance Association, Inc. (NYIA)

      Join insurance industry professionals and their counsel for a unique program involving direct interaction between some of New York’s top insurance and defense attorneys and the industry they serve. Law School for Insurance Professionals is a full-day seminar where coverage and defense attorneys share their knowledge and experience with insurance professionals from around the State. This course does not carry MCLE or CE credit. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

      Attend to receive insights and updates on current legal issues that the savvy insurance professional won’t want to miss.

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      Dates and Locations:

      New York City | September 15, 2016
      NYS Insurance Fund | 199 Church Street, New York, NY 10007

      Buffalo | September 16, 2016
      University at Buffalo School of Law | O'Brian Hall (Room 104), Buffalo, New York 14260

      Albany | September 16, 2016
      New York State Bar Center | One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

      Long Island | September 22, 2016
      Touro Law School | 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722

      Time: 9:00am-4:20pm (lunch is included)
      Check back soon for complete timed agenda.


      Lunch and program book are included with registration.

      Registration fee: $105
      Group rate (5 or more from the same company): $95 each
      10% discount for New York Insurance Association (NYIA) or TICL Section members ($94.50 individual, $85.50 group rate)

      Law Student: $15


      Register Online (Select location): New York City (9/15) Buffalo (9/16) |  Albany (9/16) Long Island (9/22)

      GROUP REGISTRATION (Applies to 5 or more attendees from the same company): Email with (1) company name and contact details, and (2) list of names to be registered (specify program location). Please indicate whether you will need an invoice, or if you prefer to call with a credit card payment. If paying by check, make check payable to "New York State Bar Association" and send attn to: Kathy Plog, NYSBA, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. 

      Program Topics:

      I. Claims Handling Practices 

      Deciding whether to defend or deny; How is that obligation affected when exclusions are triggered;  Drafting the proper position letter and concluding who to copy; Consequences of a direct action; Maintaining claim notes when they will be subject to discovery.

      II. Claims Investigations 
      Understanding the importance of pre-lawsuit investigation and how it will affect the lawsuit; Dealing with the insured and the claimant; Retaining an investigator to assist with investigation and avoiding spoliation; and Discovery of coverage reports.

      III. The Construction Site Accident
      Shifting the risk through contractual indemnity;  Dealing with unsigned contracts, riders, retroactive indemnity agreements, and grave injuries; Determining whether the claim is subject to additional insured coverage. How to develop your defenses; Using Social Media for discovery and trial purposes.

      IV. Premises Liability
      Requesting and preserving evidence, use of criminal pleas and convictions, Dram Shop update, and Negligent security cases. 

      V. Interactive Presentation With An Expert Engineer: Homeowners Insurance
      First Party Coverage vs. Third Party Coverage; Who is insured and how; Raising exclusions and determining how they affect a claim; and Understanding the necessary burden of proof is establishing damages. 

      VI. Interactive Presentation: Verdict, Value, and Settlement: How much is this case worth?
      This panel consists of a mediator and a skilled trial attorney who will address recent values of various personal injury and property damage claims and sustaining verdict values at the appellate level; Deciding whether to mediate or go to trial; and Putting the proper evidence before the jury.

      Program Chairs (by program location)

      New York City: Joanna Roberto, Esq. (Goldberg Segalla LLP, Garden City)
      Long Island: Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Esq. (Island Companies, Calverton)
      Albany: Paul Callahan, Esq. (Brown & Kelly, LLP, Buffalo)
      Buffalo: Dan Kohane, Esq. (Hurwitz & Fine, PC, Buffalo)

      Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

      Want to get your company or firm name in front of a targeted audience? Consider sponsoring the 2016 Law School for Insurance professionals.

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      Contact or call Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681.

    • October 7 - 10: Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA

      Get Jazzed for Our Joint Fall Meeting!
      Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section


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      Make Your Hotel Reservations Online Now!

      $225 plus tax per night - Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Extend your stay and pay $214 plus tax for Thursday and/or Monday night stays. 

      MCLE Credits:  
      7.5; 2.5 in Skills and 5.0 in Professional Practice for all attorneys including newly admitted.

      For information about Sponsorships for this event, view our Sponsor Brochure or contact Catheryn Teeter

      Questions: Contact Catheryn Teeter in the NYSBA Meetings Department, 518-487-5573.
      Special Non-Resident Commuter Rates available for CLE Program only.  Call 518-487-5573 for information.


      Four (4) Scholarships available, valued at $1,500 each (to offset attorney registration fee, three nights hotel costs, and reimbursement for airfare. Please review application for eligibility, application must be completed and submitted by September 2nd, 2016.

  • 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 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 Newsletter as a benefit of membership.

    Meet the Chair:


    Kenneth A. Krajewski, Esq. (View profile)
    Brown & Kelly, LLP | Buffalo, NY

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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 email updates. 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 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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    Welcome to the TICL section Community!

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    What are Communities? 

    NYSBA Communities are private, online professional networks for members. Communities are built on the concept of listserves, allowing for member-to-member communication across the Section, but they also offer enhanced features for networking and participation, including personalized member profiles, a member directory, and a shared online document library.

    How Can I Use It?
    Communities are seamlessly integrated with you can use your NYSBA member login and password. To access the TICL Section Community, you must be a member of the TICL Section. (Not a member? Join here. Dues are only $40/year with NYSBA membership.) You can interact with Communities via the online interface, by email, in NYSBA's LawHUB, or via a mobile app, at your preference. To download the app, search for "NYSBA Communities" in the Apple or Google Play Store.

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