Pamela J. Tillman

Pamela J. Tillman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.
 | 111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-273-1300
Fax: 414-273-5840
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Pamela J. Tillman is a shareholder with the firm where she concentrates her practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex insurance coverage, insurance defense, business torts, employment, and contract disputes.  She has litigated cases in various state courts, including Wisconsin, California, Georgia and Ohio.  She has also litigated in numerous federal courts across the country including in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Central District of California, and the Middle District of Florida, and administrative proceedings before the Equal Rights Division, Labor Industry Review Commission, and Labor Standards Bureau.  She has also represented many clients on appeals in both the state and federal court systems.  In 2009 she was named a Wisconsin Rising Star and in 2010 through 2015 was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer.

    White Papers

  • Common Mistakes Insureds Make That Jeopardize Coverage Under Their Insurance Policies (2018) - I am often asked, “What measures can an insured take to make sure their insurance claims will be covered or paid?” Whether a claim is made under a business policy or a policy covering personal assets such as a homeowners, renters, or automobile policy.

  • Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law (2015) - Attorney Pam Tillman Co-Authors Wisconsin Chapter for the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law

  • About Pamela Tillman

    Admitted: 2000, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage: https://www.mtfn.com/attorneys-Pamela-Tillman.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • The Best Lawyers in America® (2019 - 2020), The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2010 - 2019); Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2009); Top 25 Women in Wisconsin (2014 - 2015, 2017, 2019), Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Defense Research Institute: Member of Insurance Law Committee and CGL Subcommittee; Wisconsin Defense Counsel (f/k/a Civil Trial Consel of Wisconsin); State Bar of Wisconsin; American Bar Association: Member, Tort Law and Insurance, Business Litigation and Labor and Employment.
    • American Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Bar Association (Member, Courts Committee; Member, Professionalism Committee); Defense Research Institute; Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Countryside Foundation, a privately run, non-profit Corporation aimed at helping improve the schools and overall education of the children in rural Cambodia (2006-present), 2019
    • State Bar of Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament, Panel Volunteer (2003 to 2009), 2009
    • Association of Women Lawyers, Student Speaker, 2008

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Spoke at the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Winter Conference on the contribution among insurers. , 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
    • Civil Litigation and Evidence Conference presentation at the Marquette Law School., Speaker, Civil Litigation and Evidence Conference, Marquette Law School, 2015
    • Presented on recent case law with "Occurrence," the Pollution Exclusion and Insurer-to-Insurer Disputes., Speaker, 27th Annual Environmental Law Update, Environmental Insurance Coverage Update, 2015
    • Various conditions are placed on insureds in terms of fulfilling their respective duties when it comes to ensuring coverage of a claim—e.g., cooperate in the defense of the claim, give accurate information, and do not consent or make voluntary commitments or payments without the insurer’s consent. One of the most heavily litigated of these duties is the insured’s duty to provide timely notice of the claim to its insurer. , Author, Are Claims-Made Policies Worth Issuing in Wisconsin from an Insurer's Standpoint?, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal for Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2014
    • Spoke at the Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section with Jennifer A.B Kreil. , Co-Speaker, Third-Party Discovery, Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, 2014
    • Lectured on various litigation topics including “Liability and Casualty Insurance Coverage: A Primer for Wisconsin Businesses,” “Current Issues Surrounding CGL Coverage,” “Trying the Third-Party Litigation Case: A Coverage Lawyer’s Perspective,” “Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Wisconsin,” and avoiding professional liability pitfalls for attorneys and health care professionals. 
    • She recently authored an article appearing in a nationally-circulated ABA coverage journal entitled “Insurers Beware: The Circumstances Under Which An Excess Policy May Be Obligated to Defend or to Reimburse for Defense Costs” as well as feature article in the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal entitled “Wisconsin Holds a Defaulting Insurer Strictly Liable for the Unproven Negligence of its Non-Defaulting Insured” (Fall 2009) and has co-authored an article for the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin on the effects of an insurer’s failure to defend under Wisconsin law.

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Monty v. NetCentral Mortgage LLC, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Mortgage fraud; case settled), 2011
    • Cleaver Brooks v. AIU, et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage case and related contractual issues; case settled during trial), 2011
    • Soo Line Railroad Co. v. Admiral Ins. Co., et al., Ashland County Circuit Court (parallel action filed in District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota) (Environmental insurance coverage action involving railroad liability; case pending), 2011
    • Bruce Edwards v. American Materials LLC, et al., Manitowoc County Circuit Court (Toxic Tort clam; obtained dismissal on summary judgment), 2011
    • First Banking Center Inc., Racine County Circuit Court (receivership action involving disputed claims; case settled), 2010
    • Daniel e. Jensen et al. v. Bank of America Corp., Kenosha County Circuit Court (Mortgage fraud and conversionl obtained dismissal on motion to dismiss), 2010
    • Chase Home Finance LLC v. Harlan Bosacki et al., Oneida County Circuit Court (Mortgage foreclosure, priority of liens and related counterclaims; obtained full recovery of client's mortgage liens and interests), 2010
    • Mary E. Volkers v. Martin Volkers, Outagamie County Circuit Court (Contempt proceedings, obtained summary judgment for client), 2010
    • Rojo, et al. v. EMC Mortgage Corporation, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Mortgage fraud), 2009
    • Ansul, Inc. v. Employers Ins. Of Wausau, et al., Marinette County Circuit Court (Environmental insurance coverage action; case settled prior to trial), 2009
    • Zimmerman v. Greg Logemann, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Mortgage fraud), 2009
    • Paar, et al. v. St. Lawrence Liquidating Company, et al., Racine County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage action; case settled prior to trial), 2008
    • Connors, et al. v. Dr. David Ziegler, et al., Racine County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage for health care liability claims; case resolved prior to trial), 2008
    • Kirkorian, et al. v. St Lawrence Liquidating Company, et al., Racine County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage action; case settled prior to trial), 2008
    • Kling, et al. v. EMC Mortgage Corporation, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Mortgage fraud; case settled prior to trial), 2008
    • Schultz, et al. v. Wisconsin Injured Patients & Families Compensation Fund, et al., Milwaukee County circuit Court (Insurance coverage for health care liability claims; obtained summary judgement for insurer), 2007
    • Wisconsin Electric Power Company v. The Northern Assurance Company of America, United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin (Environmental insurance coverage action; case settled shortly prior to trial), 2007
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. BWAY Corp., et al, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, removed to federal court (Insurance coverage action regarding lead paint; settled prior to trial) (parallel action filed in the Superior Court for Gwinnett County, Georgia), 2007
    • Continental Western Insurance Co v. R-Tech Dental Equipment Service LLC, Chippewa County Circuit Court (Negligence case against equipment company; settled prior to trial), 2006
    • United States Fire Insurance Company v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc., et al., Marathon County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action regarding defective products; settled prior to trial), 2006
    • The Sherwin-Williams Company v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, et al., Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Insurance coverage action regarding lead paint; case pending), 2006
    • Morrow v. Specialty Underwriters LLC, et al., United States District Court Middle District of Florida (Tortious interference with contract claim; obtained voluntary dismissal of case prior to trial), 2006
    • Bituminous Fire & Marine Insurance Company, et al. v. D.P. Wigley Company, et al., Racine County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage action; obtained partial summary judgment for insurer; settled prior to trial), 2006
    • Wolf & Company - Milwaukee, S.C., et al. v. Continental Casualty Company, United States District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin (bad faith claim; case settled prior to trial), 2005
    • Acushnet Co. v. King of Golf, Inc. et all., United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin (Copyright infringement; obtained injunction for client), 2005
    • Kaminski v. American Standard, Inc., et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage action; obtained summary judgment for client), 2005
    • TIG Insurance Company v. Great Bear Lodge of Wisconsin Dells, LLC, et al., Dane County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action involving toxic tort claims; obtained summary judgment), 2004
    • Plastics Engineering Company v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin (Asbestos insurance coverage case; resolved by Wisconsin Supreme Court), 2004
    • International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., Waukesha County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action regarding toxic tort claims; case settled without client contributing to settlement), 2004
    • Cleaver Brooks v. AIU, et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage case; case settled prior to trial), 2004
    • Archdiocese of Milwaukee v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, et al. Milwaukee County Circuit Court (parallel action filed in Orange County Superior Court, California) (Insurance coverage action involving clergy sexual abuse claims), 2004
    • Rogers, et al. v. Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund, et al., Washington County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage for health care liability claims; obtained summary judgment for insurer; affirmed on appeal), 2004
    • Marshall Erdman & Associates, Inc. v. TIG Insurance Company, Dane County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action involving construction defect claims; case settled prior to trial) (parallel action filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio), 2004
    • Rockwell Automation v. Nationwide & Kemper, Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Asbestos insurance coverage case; settled prior to trial), 2004
    • Wisconsin Electric Power Company v. Admiral Insurance Company, et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Environmental insurance coverage action; case settled shortly prior to trial), 2003
    • Tessling, et al. v. Great Bear Lodge of Wisconsin Dells LLC, et al., Sauk County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action involving toxic tort claims; summary judgment obtained for client), 2003
    • Klemme v. Badger Mining Corp., et al., Sheboygan County Circuit Court (Toxic tort claim; obtained voluntary dismissal of client prior to trial), 2002
    • Taddeo v. Biehn Construction, Inc., et al., Walworth County Circuit Court (Insurance coverage action involving construction defects; settled prior to trial), 2002
    • Baumler v. Jack H. Deckard M.D., et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Medical negligence case alleging assault and battery; defense verdict), 2001
    • Claflin v. Champion International, et al., Door County Circuit Court (Toxic tort claim; summary judgment obtained for client), 2001
    • Kuehling v. Village of Unity, et al., Clark County Circuit Court (Toxic tort and environmental Insurance coverage action; case settled prior to trial), 2000
    • Kildow, et al v. Mercy Health System Inc., et al, Rock County Circuit Court (Medical negligence case; obtained defense verdict), 2000
    • Montalvo v. Terre Borkovec et al., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Medical negligence case; obtained summary judgement for client and affirmed by Wisconsin Supreme Court)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • State Public Defender Internship, 1995; Moot Court Board Member; Member, ELDER LAW JOURNAL 1998-99; Articles Editor, ELDER LAW JOURNAL 1999-2000.

    Videos:

    • Attorney Pam Tillman, a shareholder with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin law firm of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. discusses some of the common mistakes people or companies make, that can jeopardize their coverage under their insurance policies. In this video, Pam identifies several measures that insureds can take to help ensure that their insurance claims will be covered or paid, whether that claim is made under a business policy or a personal policy like a homeowners, renters or automobile policy., Common Mistakes Insureds Make Jeopardizing Their Insurance Policy Coverage, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • J.D. Marquette University Law School, 2000
    • B.S. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, (cum laude), 1995

    Industry Groups

    • DRI
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    Office Location for Pamela J. Tillman

    111 East Kilbourn Avenue
    19th Floor
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

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    Last Updated: 6/22/2020

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