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Pamela J. Tillman

111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
P 414.273.1300
F 414.273.5840

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.

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Representative Matters


  • 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


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)

Professional Organizations

  • 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

Community/Civic Activities

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)