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 Division’s newsletter, Deconstruction, as a benefit of membership.

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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 journals, MCLE programs, networking events with members of the bench and bar, and online community. But there is more. Our section hosts over 15 committees in substantive areas of law, as well as two Divisions. As a member of our section, they are free to join. Please consider getting involved with one or more committees or divisions. There is no required time commitment to join a committee or division, but active participation is encouraged. Please also tell your colleagues about us and give them a copy of TICL’s brochure.

Feel free to reach out to any member of our Executive Committee for information, or contact us to join a committee or provide your opinion or feedback.

Contact the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Gina Bartosiewicz
[email protected]
(518) 487-5671

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Michael O'Brien

Michael P. O’Brien, Esq.

O’Brien Law Firm, PLLC

New York, NY

Greetings fellow members of the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section, and a special welcome to our newest members. Please allow me to begin with an expression of hope that you and your loved ones are healthy, and are working through Covid as well as possible. Next, please allow me to express what an honor and privilege it is to serve as Chair of the TICL Section for 2021. As your Section Chair, my goal is to ensure that your TICL Membership provides top-notch CLE programming, timely information about our practice areas, and opportunities for professional networking. We are working on a revamp and relaunch of our Section’s LinkedIn Page. We are encouraging participation in the Racial Equity Challenge. We are planning virtual CLEs. We are planning Section events for Summer and Fall, when we hope that lower Covid numbers will allow us to gather in person.

Some of you have known me for years and some of us have never met, so if you would allow me a moment, I will take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am originally from Providence, Rhode Island, where I attended Providence College, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Black Studies. I graduated Suffolk University Law School (Boston, Massachusetts) in 2002 and moved to New York City, where I began my legal career at a small insurance defense firm on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. I transitioned to an in-house position at Nationwide, and in 2010 I started O’Brien Law Firm, PLLC. My official biography states that I am “…a trial attorney who represents individual and institutional clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, and is frequently sought after to handle high-exposure jury trials. I have extensive experience in complex civil litigation, including municipal liability, premises liability, automobile liability, commercial disputes, insurance coverage and professional license defense.”

Like I said, that’s the “official” biography, but there is a bit more that makes “me” me. My wife, Meaghan, and I live on Staten Island with our two children and our dog, Sully – a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix whom we rescued in 2019. [You can see more of Sully at his own Instagram page @sully_o_b.] My family and I love to travel, but the pandemic has curtailed that. In the meantime, I have gotten much better at crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, and baking – activities that I hope to continue as the pandemic eases, but I would really like to get back to traveling! My family and I love all things Disney, especially the Disney Cruise. Meaghan and I are virtually unstoppable at 90’s music trivia. And, in an attempt to counterbalance the stress of trial work, I try to spend most of my summers at the beaches of Eastern Long Island, quietly searching for sea glass. I also serve as board member and former chairperson of the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a Staten Island-based not-for-profit that provides youth, community, and professional development programs, and dispute resolution services to effectuate communication and intercultural awareness. I am a former Parish Council member of Our Lady of Good Counsel, a Roman Catholic Parish on Staten Island. I am a current coach and former director of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Soccer Program, where I have had the opportunity to coach my children and their friends for over a decade.

My involvement with TICL began in the early years of my career as an attorney – in 2003 when I worked for Nationwide Insurance. Several attorneys there (including our current Secretary, Brian Rayhill, Esq.) encouraged me to join the TICL Section. Several years later, and concurrently with the recognition of the 13th Judicial District, I was selected to become a District Representative for Richmond County a/k/a Staten Island. Over the years, the TICL Section has bestowed upon me several awards, including the prestigious Sheldon B. Hurwitz “Young Lawyer of the Year” Award in 2011 and the “Section Representative of the Year” Award in 2014. I have also had the privilege of lecturing and being a member of the Critique Faculty at the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy for 11 consecutive years.

State Bar and TICL Section membership are not, however, just about the accumulation of titles and accolades. Rather, the true rewards are the many professional and personal relationships I have developed over the years – at our large, formal gatherings like our Summer Meetings at Disney World, Montreal, or Williamsburg; at various other meetings throughout New York State – Lake George, Cooperstown, and New York City; and at the informal meetings in court while awaiting a calendar call. A TICL Section Member is always willing to mentor, to help, and to encourage a fellow member. That is the true value of our membership.

Therefore, I encourage you to make the most of your TICL membership. Get involved…or get more involved! There are many substantive committees. There are CLEs to produce. There are meetings to plan. There is content to create for LinkedIn. There are articles to write for our Journal. There are networking events to schedule. Get in touch with me or one of our section leaders; throw out an idea; suggest an improvement. We are here to listen and to help you make the most of your membership. We all have key roles to play – as lawyers in court, as members of our firms, as leaders in our communities – so let us all endeavor to be a part of the bright future of TICL in 2021 and beyond.

Very truly yours,

Michael P. O’Brien

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TICL Journal

The Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section (TICL) Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of torts, insurance and compensation law on various topics including workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, products liability, depositions and trial preparation. Edited by David A. Glazer, Esq., the TICL Journal is published by the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The TICL Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.

The Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section (TICL) Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, products liability, depositions, and trial preparation.

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Deconstruction features decisions and statutes relating to the practice of torts, insurance and compensation law. Edited by Patricia A. Rooney, Esq., Deconstructionis published by the Construction and Surety Division of the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

Deconstruction is published as a benefit for members of the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.


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