Pamela J. Tillman
Pamela J. Tillman’s practice focuses on representing a wide variety of businesses in litigation matters, primarily in the areas of complex insurance coverage issues, commercial litigation, mortgage lending disputes, employment disputes and health care liability. Whatever the issue, she believes that it is paramount to have the experience and understanding to advise clients on the possible outcomes and costs of litigation so that clients have a comprehensive viewpoint to make the strategic decisions that drive the litigation.
Insurance coverage clients routinely call on Pam for her coverage analysis and advice in cases ranging from basic property damage coverage, to bad faith liability, and upward to complex commercial disputes. These matters involve an extensive variety of claims, including environmental pollution liability, product liability, health care liability, toxic tort and various business torts, at the trial and appellate court level.
Pam has defended banking and financial institutions in mortgage lending litigation and federal consumer claims such as claims under the Truth-in-Lending Act, Home Owners Equity Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as well as an array of state law consumer claims. Beyond this, she has also defended business litigants in product liability, toxic tort and medical negligence claims.
Pam is an active member of the Defense Research Institute and various insurance-related committees, who believes that her own practice is enhanced by continually meeting and learning from others who similarly excel in these chosen fields. She is humbled and honored that her peers’ nominations have resulted in her being named as a Rising Star® and, more recently, as a Super Lawyer® by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® for the last three years running.
Common Mistakes Insureds Make Jeopardizing Their Insurance Policy Coverage
Tessling, et al. v. Great Bear Lodge of Wisconsin Dells LLC, et al.
Sauk County Circuit Court (2003-2004). Insurance coverage claim alleging coverage under general liability coverage for underlying toxic tort and pollution claims; obtained summary judgment obtained for insurer client
Schultz, et al. v. Wisconsin Injured Patients & Families Compensation Fund, et al.
Milwaukee County Circuit Court (2006-2007). Involved insurance coverage litigation with the state’s compensation fund over availability of insurer clients’ general and excess liability policies for so-called non-medical claims outside of Wisconsin Chapter 655, the exclusive remedy for medical negligence claims of health care providers; obtained summary judgment for insurer
Rogers, et al. v. Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund, et al.
Washington County Circuit Court (2006-2007). Involved insurance coverage litigation for health care liability claims in which professional liability of asserted availability of additional coverage under insurer client’s policies; we successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of our client insurer that was affirmed on appeal in a published decision by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Montalvo v. Terre Borkovec et al.
Milwaukee County Circuit Court (2001-2003). Involved litigation of professional liability claim in which Pamela obtained summary judgment for client on medical negligence and informed consent causes of action; summary judgment was affirmed on appeal by Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court
Daniel E. Jensen et al. v. Bank of America Corp.
Kenosha County Circuit Court (2010). Consumer brought mortgage fraud and conversion claims against financial lending client in state court; obtained complete dismissal of action on motion to dismiss
Ansul, Inc. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau, et al.
Marinette County Circuit Court (2009 to 2011) A complex environmental insurance action arising out of underlying environmental consent orders by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding potential joint liability for historical arsenic contamination of the Menominee River in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. After substantial discovery and favorable discovery practice resulting in the disclosure of historical documents related to the insured’s practices, our client successfully settled the case prior to trial
- The Best Lawyers in America® (2019 - 2020)
- Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2010 - 2019); Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2009); Top 25 Women in Wisconsin (2014 - 2015, 2017, 2019)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
- November 11, 2019
- August 15, 2019
- November 13, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- November 10, 2017
- Video: Common Mistakes Insureds Make That Jeopardize Coverage Under Their Insurance Policies - Attorney Pamela TillmanMarch 10, 2017
- November 11, 2016
- November 12, 2015
- June 25, 2015
- December 1, 2014
- November 14, 2014
- July 15, 2014
- March 6, 2014
- December 19, 2013
- July 3, 2013
- November 14, 2012
Speeches & Publications
Speaker, Contribution Among Insurers: “Other Insurance” and Priority of Coverage Between Insurers; Contribution Between Insurers in an “All Sums” Environment; and Other Factors Affecting Claims Between Insurers, Wisconsin Defense Counsel Winter Conference (2018)
Speaker, Environmental Insurance Coverage Update: Recent Case Law Dealing with “Occurrence,” the Pollution Exclusion and Insurer-to-Insurer Dispute, 27th Annual Environmental Law Update (2015)
Speaker, Civil Litigation and Evidence Conference, Marquette Law School (2015)
Author, Are Claims-Made Policies Worth Issuing in Wisconsin from an Insurer's Standpoint?, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal for Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Winter 2014)
Co-Speaker, Third-Party Discovery, Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, (March 13, 2014) (with Jennifer A.B. Kreil)
Author, Insurers Beware: The Circumstances Under Which An Excess Policy May Be Obligated to Defend or to Reimburse for Defense Costs, Coverage Journal, Published by Insurance Litigation Committee of the ABA, (2012)
Author, Legislative Tracking: Wisconsin Legislative Updates, The Voice, Defense Research Institute Weekly Newsletter (2010-2011)
Speaker, Liability and Casualty Insurance Coverage: A Primer for Wisconsin Businesses, part of the State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Seminar on “Representing the Wisconsin Closely-Held Business,” presented on various dates throughout 2010
Author, Wisconsin Holds a Defaulting Insurer Strictly Liable for the Unproven Negligence of its Non-Defaulting Insured, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal for Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Winter 2009)
Speaker, The Insurance Policy Conditions You Need to Know About, part of the Lorman CLE Seminar on Insurance Current Issues Surrounding CGL Coverage, May 4, 2007
Co-Author, Insurance Bad Faith Compendium (Wisconsin Law Update), Defense Research Institute (2015)
Co-Author, Insurance Bad Faith Compendium (Wisconsin Law Update), Defense Research Institute (2010)
Author, Legislative Tracking: Washington Legislative Updates, The Voice, Defense Research Institute Weekly Newsletter (2009)
Speaker, Consider the Ethical Consequences: It’s Legal, But is it Right?, part of the National Business Institute CLE Seminar on Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Wisconsin, December 8, 2006
Speaker, Considerations Trying the Coverage Case: Motion Practice, Working Without a Stay, Investigation Outside the Merits Case, Proving and Disproving Coverage, part of the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin’s Winter Conference, December 10, 2004 (co-presented)
Speaker, Smart Practice, Not Malpractice, part of CNA Law Firm Risk Management Seminar, June 10, 2003
Co-Author, The Effect of an Insurers’ Failure to Defend Under Wisconsin Law, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (2002)
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Association of Women Lawyers
- DRI® (Defense Research Institute), Insurance Law Committee and CGL Subcommittee
- Wisconsin Defense Counsel (f/k/a Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin)
- Milwaukee Bar Association, Bench-Bar Civil Division and Professionalism Committees
- Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Cambodia Countryside Foundation, Inc., Treasurer and Board Member (2006-Present)
Association of Women Lawyers, Student Speaker (2008)
State Bar of Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament, Panel Volunteer (2003 to 2009)