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Tort & Insurance Practice Section

Membership includes tort and insurance trial and coverage lawyers on both sides of the docket, corporate risk managers and in-house insurance industry lawyers. CLE presentations offer competing views on cutting edge issues and explore the intricacies and interwoven nature of tort and insurance law. The section also offers a variety of opportunities to join with colleagues in serving the Dallas community.

Meeting Schedule:

The Section generally meets at noon on the 1st Tuesday of each month on the first floor of the historic Belo Mansion in the Winstead Sechrest Ballroom in the Pavillion.

Section Officers:

Name: William Toles
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP
Firm Address: 13155 Noel Rd., Ste. 1000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75240
Business Phone: 972-980-3288

Name: Paul Stafford
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Thompson & Knight LLP
Firm Address: 1722 Routh Street, Ste. 150
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-969-1106

Name: Craig Reese
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas, LLP
Firm Address: 9201 N Central Expy Ste 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-987-9600

Name: Jennifer Johnson
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Law Office of Mark A. Ticer
Firm Address: 10440 N Central Expy Ste 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-219-4220

Name: Sarah Rogers
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Firm Address: 3400 Carlisle St Ste 200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: (214) 522-9404

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Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tort & Insurance Practices Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  


Section Downloads:

Spring Training--Jurisdiction Summary (Hart)

Spring Training--Insurance Basics for Trial Lawywers PowerPoint(Dedman)

Spring Training--E-Discovery PowerPoint (Kent)

Spring Training--Maximizing Your Mediation (Zelesky)

Spring Training--Documentary Evidence PowerPoint (Schmidt)

Spring Training--Voir Dire PowerPoint (Moody)

Spring Training--Avoiding Malpractice and the Grievance Committee PowerPoint (Tobey)

February 2007: Paul K. Stafford and Bobby M. Rubarts, Policyholder's Perspective on the Right to Independent Counsel

September 2006: John C. Tollefson, Absent a Contractual Provision in the Insurance Policy, A Policyholder Should Not Have the Right to Select Counsel...

August 2006: James W. Walker, Changes in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Governing Advertisement in the Public Media

July 2006: Mark S. McQuality: Residential Construction Contracts & The Texas Residential Construction Commission Act

Workers Compensation Non-Subscribers Case Law Update, by Jerry Fazio (June 2007)

Top 10 Commercial Hurricane Damage Claims Disputes

Selection Process for Private Investigator Services

Why Do Jurors Blame the Victim?

Why Do Jurors Blame the Victim? Powerpoint Presentation

Ethical Issues in Litigation by Professor Linda Eads

Jury Selection Authority by Judge Jim Jordan (PowerPoint that Provides Cases You Should Know and Have at Court

"Paid & Incurred: Section 41.0105 -- Restating the Obvious or Blazing a New Trail?," by Mike Huddleston

Adventures in Error Preservation

Fifth Circuit Update (11/2/10)

Digging Up the Dirt: Skills for Effective Preparation and Taking of Depositions (11/19/10)

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Liability Insurance (11/19/10)

Tips to Avoid Malpractice (11/19/10)

Motion and Hearing Advocacy (11/19/10)

E-Discovery, 2010: How to Find It, Use It, and Produce It, by David Kent (11/19/10)


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