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  • 2015 TICL Orlando
    Register now for the TICL Section's Fall Meeting in Orlando! October 9-12, 2015 | Click image for details
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    Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the TICL Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Upcoming Events
    • 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

      View Program Agenda (PDF) and Complete Registration Form (PDF) 

      - Effective and Persuasive Trial Advocacy: A View From the Bench 
      - Cyber Risks and Cyber Insurance: What You Should Know 
      - Professional Liability/Ethics: minimize Your Risk with Best Practices 
      - Damage Analysis: Medicare Liens and Wage Claims
      - And More!

      NYSBA Member: $550.00
      Non-NYSBA Member: $650.00
      Special Young Lawyer(admitted less than 10 yrs): $275.00
      Spouse/Guest/Non-attorney: $300.00
      Special Young Lawyer Spouse/Guest : $200.00
      Children under 7 yrs no charge
      Children (7-13): $50.00
      Children (14-17): $100.00
      Children 18 yrs & older are charged spouse/guest fee rate

      Attendance at this meeting offers up to 8.0 MCLE credit hours: 7.0 credits in Professional Practice and 1.0 credit in Ethics.

      Book your hotel room directly with Loews Royal Pacific Resort by calling 866-360-7395.  Reference the group code GJRCA91 to receive the preferred rate of $199/night plus applicable taxes. The hotel cut-off date is September 9th. Availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date.   

      Transportation to/from airport - To book your personal Orlando International Airport Arrival and Departure ground transportation services for the NYSBA Conference simply call Destination MCO Transportation, use their convenient online booking platform or email their Reservations Team.  Mention you are attending the NYSBA Conference for a special discount. Call Destination MCO Transportation and speak to a Reservationist for special transportation assistance at 866-271-6176.  

      Upon arrival, your chauffeur will be waiting to meet and greet you at the bottom of the escalators leading down to the baggage claim level, assist with luggage and will quickly get you on your way to the hotel. 

      OR, Book your reservation through their secure website.  Follow this link for convenient booking. 

      OR, EMAIL their Reservations Team at 

      Your special discounted conference rate of $75 for a One Way Sedan Transfer will be confirmed on the email confirmation you will receive from their Reservationist.  

      For more questions please contact Lori Nicoll at (518) 487-5563 email

    • October 2015: Intro to Civil Practice Skills: Torts, Personal Injury and Insurance Law

      Intro to Torts, Personal Injury and Insurance Law - TICL Section Members Save 15%

      Click on the date below for additional information and/or to register online. 

      Wednesday, October 28, 2015 |  Long Island 

      Thursday, October 29, 2015 |  Albany 

      Friday, October 30, 2015 |  Buffalo 

      Friday, October 30, 2015 |  NYC – Live & Webcast

      Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. for all locations.

      6.0 Total MCLE Credits: 6.0 Skills

      Topics to Be Covered Include:
      - The Lawsuit: Venue, Pleadings & Discovery 
      - Premises Liability: Burden of Proof & Defenses 
      - Auto Insurance Claims & Coverage 
      - Insurance Coverage Fundamentals – Important to Every Claim 
      - Mediation & Trial: Perspectives from Defense and Plaintiff's Bars 
      - Taking, Perfecting & Arguing the Appeal

      Who Should Attend:  
      Civil litigators, both Plaintiff and Defense; Insurance Company Attorneys; Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys interested in learning or reviewing the issues confronting those who litigate personal injury cases

      TICL Section Members: $148.75 
      (Section Members Save 15% off the NYSBA Member Rate!)
      NYSBA Members: $175 
      Non Members: $275
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

      Register today!

    • Women on the Move 2015: Navigating a New Path

      NYSBA Member Early Registration Rate $95*

      Women on the Move 2015 | Navigating a New Path

      Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the Law Practice Management Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association

      4.0 MCLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics

      Monday, October 26, 2015
      CLE Program: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Fort Orange Club | 110 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY
      The Women on the Move program is a Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on an array of topics of particular interest to women attorneys.  This year’s program will be held in Albany, New York on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Fort Orange Club and will feature a keynote address by Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department and the Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, New York.
      Distinguished panelists and speakers will share their experiences and valuable insights on topics such as hiring trends in the public and private sector, negotiating your worth, forming partnerships and ethical considerations for transitioning attorneys.  The program will carry 4.0 MCLE credits (1.0 Ethics, 3.0 Law Practice Management)
      Program Chairs
      Linda A. Redlisky, Esq., Rafferty & Redlisky, LLP, Pelham, NY
      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC, Armonk, NY

      Keynote Address given by:


      Karen K. Peters

      Presiding Justice
      NY Supreme Court
      Appellate Division
      Third Department


       Kathy M. Sheehan

       Albany, New York

      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department  
      - Became the first woman to be Presiding Justice of the Third Department
      - Began her legal career in private practice, later serving as an Asst. DA in Dutchess County
      - From 1979 to 1983, was counsel to the State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
      - Became the director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee in 1983
      - A former assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz
      - Judicial career began with her election to the Ulster County Family Court in 1983
      - In 1992, became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in the Third Department 
      - Served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2000 to 2012

      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany, New York
      - Became Mayor of the City of Albany on January 1, 2014
      - Became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer in 2010
      - Implemented changes to improve the City’s fiscal policies and overhauling the City’s parking ticket system
      - Founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in Albany succeeds academically
      - After a five-year career in communications, attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994



      12:30 p.m.                                Registration
      1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.                Welcome Remarks
      Claire P. Gutekunst, Esq., NYSBA President-elect
                                                      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Co-Chair, Women on the Move

      1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                Keynote Presentation | Navigating a New Path
      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department
                                                      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.                Ethical Considerations for Transitioning Attorneys   
                                                      Karl Sleight, Esq., Member, Harris Beach, PLLC
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics)
      2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Break
      3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.                Your New Path | Partnerships and Practical Skills
      Moderated Panel Discussion  
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell, Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District
      Linda Johnson, Esq., President, Capital District Women's Bar Association
      Sarah Gold, Esq., Gold Law Firm
      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
      Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderator, Co-Chair, Women on the Move
      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                Capitalizing on Your Strengths & Strategies forTransition  
                                                      Moderated Panel Discussion
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District    
                                                      Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge
                                                      Dean Alicia Ouelette, Albany Law School
                                                      Asst. Dean Kim Wolf-Price, Syracuse University College of Law
                                                      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
                                                      Debra Hamilton, Esq. & Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderators
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                Networking Reception with Section Co-Sponsors


      Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Welcoming Remarks by David P. Miranda, NYSBA President
      Co-Sponsoring Sections
      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.
      If you have questions about this event, please contact Katherine Suchocki, LPM Director at or Simone Smith at
      To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.
      Special Member Pre-Registration Rate $95*
      Program fee includes refreshments and cocktail reception.
      *Valid through September 30, 2015.  Register early to guarantee your seat at the program. Non-member Registration fee is $250
      Note: Registration fees increase 10 days prior to program.


    • November 6: Fire Law 2015 Live and Webcast

      Fire Law: Claims and Defenses After Fires and Explosions – Section Members Save 15%! 

      Friday, November 6, 2015
      9:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. – New York City & Webcast 

      CUNY Graduate Center 

      365 Fifth Avenue |  New York, NY 10016  

      4.5 MCLE Credits: 4.5 Professional Practice

      Topics to Be Covered Include:
      - Personal Injury, Property Damage, Wrongful Death
      - Proximate Cause Issues
      - Subrogation
      - Theories of Liability and Potential Parties
      - Use of Experts
      - Firefighters’ Suits: Plaintiff & Defendant Perspectives 

      Who Should Attend:  
      Civil Litigators, both Plaintiff and Defense; Personal Injury Attorneys; Insurance Company Attorneys; Attorneys looking to expanding their practice to include personal injury or damage to property claims.

      TICL Section Members: $114.75 
      (Section Members Save 15% off the NYSBA Member Rate!)
      NYSBA Members: $135 
      Non Members: $235
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

      Register today!

  • 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:

    Mirna Santiago

    Mirna M. Santiago, Esq. (View profile)
    White Fleischner & Fino, LLP (White Plains, NY)

    View Section Bylaws

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    A View from the Chair: 2013 >

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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:

    Executive Committee | Join the Section | Join a Committee | Contact Staff

    (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. 

    Watch a brief Video Tutorial

    Go to the TICL Section Community