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July 20, 2012

Adam P. Karp to Receive Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Award

Adam P. Karp

Adam P. Karp

The Animal Law Committee of the _ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Adam P. Karp of Bellingham, Wash., with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.   The annual award recognizes exceptional work by a member or leader of an international, national, regional, state or local bar association’s animal law committee, who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals.

The award will be presented to Karp during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago at the TIPS Animal Law Committee Awards Reception at 4 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 4, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.

“The Animal Law Committee is proud to bestow the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award on Mr. Adam Karp, one of the premier private practitioners in animal law,” said TIPS Animal Law Committee Chair Ledy Van Kavage of Maryville, Ill.  “He pushes the envelope to promote the interests of animals and their owners in a variety of cases, from due process to veterinary malpractice, and his passion and tenacity on behalf of his clients has advanced the practice of animal law.”

Karp is in his 14th year as a lawyer and practices animal law exclusively throughout Washington and Idaho.  His practice emphasizes animal injury, death, custody, cruelty and rights.

He founded and served as the first chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and has held executive committee positions since its inception.  He has also served as a vice chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee since its formation.   For six years, Karp was a contributing editor for the Animal Legal Report, produced by Animal Legal Reports Services.  He regularly writes about animal law and routinely speaks around the nation on animal-law topics at institutions including Yale, Harvard, Vanderbilt and Vermont Law School.  Since 2004, he has taught animal law at the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law.  Karp has been quoted in Time, the National Law Journal, the ABA Journal and other periodicals, and his practice was featured in the Seattle Times and Seattle Weekly.

Karp has co-authored the TIPS Survey on Animal Tort and Insurance Law for five consecutive years and published three articles in Thomson West’s Causes of Action series pertaining to injuries to animals by animals, intentional injuries to animals by humans, and Section 1983 claims involving injury to an animal.  He has written an article in American Legal Reports on pre-conviction and post-conviction forfeiture of animals; an article in American Jurisprudence Trials about veterinary malpractice litigation; and is scheduled to complete an article in American Legal Reports about private prosecution of crimes and to co-author an article in American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts on dangerous-dog litigation.  Lastly, LexisNexis has contracted with Karp to produce the book Understanding Animal Law as part of its Understanding Series.

Karp has chaired several animal-law continuing legal education conferences hosted by the WSBA and spoken on animal law at nearly 40 CLEs around the nation, including in New Mexico, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.

He also argued, with positive results, before the Washington Court of Appeals on the subject of animal law, resulting in some decisions that many in the legal field of animal law regard as seminal.  Since joining a superior court arbitration panel in 2006, he now sits on such panels in Mason, Thurston, Kitsap, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties and has served as a mediator to resolve animal-related disputes.

Karp earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Gonzaga University and his master’s degree and law degrees from the University of Washington.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee strives to address all issues concerning the intersection of animals and the law to create a paradigm shift resulting in a just world for all.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization 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.

Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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