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Cybercrime, expert witnesses, driverless cars among hot topics at ABA TIPS conference

The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will celebrate its 85th year with its TIPS Section Conference, May 2-5, in Los Angeles. The four-day conference will feature panels comprised of some 60 general counsel, insurance company representatives, leading lawyers and judges from across the country.


TIPS Section Conference

Sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


May 2-5, 2018


Loews Hotel Hollywood

1755 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Program highlights include:

“Questionable Authorities—What Judges and Lawyers Should Know About Expert Witnesses” — A panel of federal and state judges will engage in interactive hypotheticals about the admission of expert witnesses in civil cases. Learn the top five tips that judges have for lawyers on expert witness selection, preparation and qualification, as well as what judges expect when expert testimony is offered. (Wednesday, 4-5:30 p.m.)

“Cybercrime: Prevention, Insurance and Limiting Losses” — This panel of cybercrime experts will discuss the law, the toll taken by cybercrime, what is being done to prevent and catch cybercriminals and the insurance products available to protect against cyber losses. (Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.)

“Emerging Technology, Emerging Risks: The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles” — This panel will address the up-to-the-minute developments of autonomous vehicles, including the most recent technology, federal and state regulatory issues, product liability implications and insurance coverage for “drivers,” other occupants and manufacturers. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon)

“Class Action Blockbuster: Key Developments in Consumer Class Litigation” — The last two years have seen a flurry of key decisions affecting class action litigation. There have been class action cases applying the Supreme Court’s personal jurisdiction rulings, as well as key decisions affecting the viability of injunctive relief claims, standing and the continued development of Daubert in the class litigation arena. Practitioners from both sides of the bar and in-house counsel will address these and other developments in this area of litigation. (Friday, 8:30-10 a.m.)

“Women Lawyers on Trial Teams: How In-House Counsel are Making a Difference” — This panel of in-house counsel will discuss how companies are ensuring that women have important roles on trial teams. Having in-house counsel insist on women at counsel table is one of the best ways to increase the number of women in the courtroom, while at the same time enhancing advocacy and improving the effectiveness of trial teams. (Friday, 10:30 a.m.-noon)

A complete program and updated list of speakers can be found online at:

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or

About the American Bar Association

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews.

Date Published: April 25, 2018


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