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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 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense
Attorney Profile

Attorney Pamela J. Tillman is a shareholder with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 21 years of total legal experience, Ms. Tillman provides exceptional counsel, advocacy and support to a diverse range of clients across her region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Business and corporate disputes
  • Employment law
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Products liability and torts
  • Professional liability defense litigation

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Tillman has achieved considerable success fighting for the rights and interests of her clients. She has defended financial institutions in mortgage lending litigation and federal consumer claims that fall under various acts and legislation, including the Home Ownership Equity Protection Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and others. She has also represented insurance coverage clients in a wide range of complex litigation involving toxic torts and pollution, health care liability, product liability and more.

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Ms. Tillman has earned an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. She has also received designation as being among the top lawyers in her region as well as one of the Top 25 Women in Wisconsin.

A 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ms. Tillman obtained her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 2000, where she served as articles editor of the Elder Law Journal. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Ms. Tillman is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Association of Women Lawyers and the Wisconsin Defense Counsel, among her other professional affiliations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Insurance Coverage
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Professional Liability: Defense
Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009

White Papers

About Pamela J. Tillman

First Admitted: 2000, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.mtfn.com/attorneys/pamela-j-tillman/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Cambodia Countryside Foundation, Inc., Treasurer and Board Member (2006-Present)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament, Panel Volunteer (2003 to 2009)
  • Association of Women Lawyers, Student Speaker, 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Articles Editor, Elder Law Journal, Marquette University Law School
  • Co-Author, The Effect of an Insurers’ Failure to Defend Under Wisconsin Law, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (2002)
  • Speaker, Smart Practice, Not Malpractice, part of CNA Law Firm Risk Management Seminar, June 10, 2003
  • 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, 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
  • Author, Legislative Tracking: Washington Legislative Updates, The Voice, Defense Research Institute Weekly Newsletter (2009)
  • Co-Author, Insurance Bad Faith Compendium (Wisconsin Law Update), Defense Research Institute (2010)
  • Co-Author, Insurance Bad Faith Compendium (Wisconsin Law Update), Defense Research Institute (2015)
  • 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
  • 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, 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, Legislative Tracking: Wisconsin Legislative Updates, The Voice, Defense Research Institute Weekly Newsletter (2010-2011)
  • 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)
  • 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.

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.

Educational Background

  • B.S. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, (cum laude), 1995

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 conversional 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)

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

Honors/Awards

  • The BizTimes Notable Women in Law list honors exceptional female attorneys that meet the following criteria: A track record of setting legal precedents Winning big cases for their clients Mentoring the next generation of women in law Giving back to their communities, BizTimes Media Notable Women in Law, Milwaukee BizTimes, 2020
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2019 - 2021), Best Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2010 – 2020); Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009); Top 25 Women in Wisconsin (2014 – 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020), Super Lawyers

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., 2020
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Bar Association (Member, Courts Committee; Member, Bench-Bar Civil Division and Professionalism Committee); Defense Research Institute; Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Association of Women Lawyers, American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2020

Industry Groups

  • DRI
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Office Location for Pamela J. Tillman

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-273-1300

Fax: 414-273-5840

Last Updated: 6/16/2022

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