Pamela Overton: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Pamela Overton

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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  • Litigation Practice Group Manager - Phoenix Office
    Contact InfoTelephone: 602.445.8401
    Fax: 602.445.8100
    University University of Iowa, B.S., 1981
    Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1983 Phi Delta Phi Member, Mortar Board
    Admitted1983, Arizona; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Founding Member, Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Board of Directors, 1993-Present
    •Member, Executive Board, 2005-2008
    •Member, American Heart Association, 1993-Present
    •Co-Chair, Derby Affair benefitting Homeward Bound, 2009
    •President, Trends Charitable Fund, Board of Directors, 2003-2006
    •Co-Chair, Fresh Start Gala, 1996 and 2005
    •Founding Member, Boys Team Charity, Board of Directors, 2002-2004
    •Chair, All Saints' Episcopal Day School Annual Fund Parent Giving, 1999
    •Vice Chairman, American Heart Association, Heart Ball, 1999
    •Hearing Officer, Arizona State Bar, 1997-1999
    •Chair, All Saints' Episcopal Day School Fundraiser, 1997
    •Chair, Arizona Governor's Conference on Women in Business, Steering Committee, 1994
    •Board Member, Steele Memorial Children's Research Center, Board of Directors
    •Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigatio, Committee on Condemnation
    •Member, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Ethics Committee
    •Member, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
    •Member, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Steering Committee
    •Member, Brophy Mother's Guild Board
    •Member, Defense Research Institute
    •Member, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
    •Member, Maricopa County Bar

    BornIowa City, Iowa, February 9, 1959

    Pamela Overton has been the chairman of the firm's Phoenix Litigation Practice since the office opened in 1999. She has also been a member of the firm's National Executive Committee since 2002, and was appointed to the National Litigation Steering Committee in 2008. Pam previously served as Vice Chairman of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice, having represented Fortune 500 companies such as Medtronic, Inc., Sanofi-Aventis and ZLB Behring LLC, Lorillard Tobacco Company and Loews Corporation. She currently serves as both National and Regional counsel, and has managed large litigation teams, many of which include lawyers from other national law firms. Companies in almost every industry are now often confronted with the threat of a cyber or data breach, as well as the challenge of managing the financial impact, the harm to the company's image and brand, and the litigation that may follow. Pam has been called upon to assist our clients in navigating their way through the new reality of class action litigations resulting from an alleged data breach. She helps manage the fallout from a data breach and provides a strategic defense in the often complex litigation that typically follows.

    Before joining the firm, she practiced for sixteen years at O'Connor Cavanagh, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Her practice focuses on class action litigation, complex business torts, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical device defense, and regulatory matters with the SEC, FTC, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the National Association of Attorney Generals (NAAG), and others. Her representation of Lorillard Tobacco Company included claims related to counterfeit cigarettes, class action defense, Rico claims and business torts.

    Pam has been instrumental in many key initiatives, such as the Charitable Giving Program, associate training and mentoring, the Hiring Committee, and the Summer Associate Program. Her tireless work ethic, commitment to clients, sharp mediation, arbitration and trial advocacy skills, and her ability to motivate and cultivate a collaborative team environment have brought her the highest accolades from Arizona and national organizations and publications. She received the prestigious honor of being named Arizona Woman Magazine's Arizona Woman of the Year in 2008, has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Business Women in the State of Arizona” for twelve straight years, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008. In the Phoenix Business Journal's Executive Profile on May 14, 2010 it was stated that she's considered by many to be one of the most influential corporate attorneys in the state. Other honors include a listing in Southwest Super Lawyers for four consecutive years, recognition in Arizona Business Magazine as one of the leading Arizona Women in Power, and receiving the Arizona's Golden Heart of Business award from Today's Arizona Woman magazine, acknowledging her extensive contributions to the Arizona business community and to local charities. The Phoenix Business Journal featured her in a profile, which praised her focused values as well as her ability to attain success and excellence in her practice while balancing family and service to her community. Pam was appointed by the Arizona Governor to serve as a hearing officer for the Ethics Committee of the Arizona State Bar from 1997 to 2000. She is ranked AV Preeminent, the highest certification mark offered by Martindale-Hubbell.*

    Areas of Concentration

    •Class action litigation
    •Product liability
    •Pharmaceutical and medical device litigation
    •Commercial litigation
    •Business torts
    •Breach of contract
    •Cyber and data breach litigation
    •Eminent domain

    Awards & Recognition

    •Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2009-2016
    •Listed, AZ Business Leaders, Business & Commercial Litigation, 2015
    •Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
    • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Arizona, 2014-2015
    •Recipient, YWCA Tribute to Leadership Award Community Service Corporate Leader Awards, 2013
    •Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2012
    •Recipient, Founders Award, Fresh Start Women's Foundation, 2012
    •Listed, Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2011
    •Listed, Phoenix Business Journal Top 25 Outstanding Women in Business, 2011
    •Selected, Women Who Care, Phoenix Theatre, 2011
    •Team Member, a Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year, 2011
    •Profiled, Phoenix Business Journal, 2010
    •Recipient, Arizona Woman of the Year, Arizona Woman magazine, 2008
    •Listed, Arizona Woman magazine, Top 10 Business Women in the State of Arizona, 1997-2008
    •Finalist, Arizona Woman magazine, Arizona Woman of the Year, 2006
    •Finalist, Athena Award, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 2004-2005
    •Featured, Arizona Woman magazine, Women in Power, 2004
    •Featured, Arizona Business Journal of Phoenix, April 2000
    •Recognized, Arizona's 'Who's Who' Women in Business, 1999
    •Recipient, Today's Arizona Woman, Golden Heart of Business Award
    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

    AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    08.19.15 23 Greenberg Traurig Arizona Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America
    08.19.13 26 Phoenix Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List
    09.27.12 24 Greenberg Traurig Phoenix Attorneys Included in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
    06.21.12 Greenberg Traurig Continues Excellence With 51 Shareholders Recognized Nationally by The Legal 500
    04.13.12 24 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in the 2012 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers
    09.29.11 Twenty-Three Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Phoenix Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2012
    06.15.11 53 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Featured in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 United States
    10.26.10 23 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Phoenix Office Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011
    05.05.10 17 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in the 2010 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers
    09.10.09 Greenberg Traurig Takes Top Spot in Best Lawyers in America for 3rd Year

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    •Featured, Greenberg Traurig Lawyer Helps Women, Connoisseur magazine, January 2013
    •Speaker, Managing eDiscovery in Litigation: Document Retention Requirements and Responding to Demands to Preserve Documents, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's International Law Committee, Legal Challenges to Chinese Companies Doing Business in the United States, Beijing, China, September 2009


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    Office Information

    Pamela Overton

    2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
    PhoenixAZ 85016


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