Business litigator Randy Aliment with Williams Kastner is chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), one of the American Bar Association’s largest sections. TIPS has launched a yearlong emphasis on disaster preparedness, including a series of podcasts that can be downloaded from the section’s website. Seattle is hosting TIPS’ 2011 fall meeting, which focuses on cyberterrorism 10 years after 9/11.
“As a proud Seattle native, I am very excited to bring TIPS to the Emerald City to enjoy the sights, sounds and restaurants of our beautiful corner of the country,” says Aliment. He moderates the first panel, which explores whether an adequate cyber-security framework exists. Panelists include Professor Jeffrey Addicott, Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University. The second panel, moderated by Jose Gaitan with the Gaitan Group in Washington. D.C., gives the government response; panelists include John McKay, a former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington and current professor at Seattle University School of Law; U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour; and Washington State Patrol 21st Chief John R. Batiste. The day wraps up with a discussion of insurance protection for cyber-risks and security-breach disasters. The moderator is Wesley Sunu with Tribler Orpett & Meyer in Chicago; panelists include Frank Bria, assistant general counsel with General Reinsurance Corp. The meeting takes place Oct. 13.