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
    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
    Memberships Maricopa County Bar Association; State Bar of Arizona (Hearing Officer for Ethics Committee, 1997, 1998, 1999); Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Member, Steering Committee); Defense Research Institute; Arizona Trial Lawyers Association; Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (Member, Ethics Committee); American Bar Association (Member: Section of Litigation; Committee on Condemnation).

    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.

    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 defense

    · Product liability

    · Pharmaceutical and medical device litigation

    · Commercial litigation

    · Condemnation

    · Business torts

    · Breach of contract

    · Eminent domain

    Professional & Community Involvement

    · Founding Member, Board of Directors, Fresh Start Women's Foundation, 1993-Present
    - Member, Executive Board, 2005-2008

    · Member, American Heart Association, 1993-Present

    · Member, American Bar Association
    - Section of Litigation
    - 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

    · Co-Chair, Derby Affair benefitting Homeward Bound, 2009

    · President, Board of Directors, Trends Charitable Fund, 2003-2006

    · Member, Board of Directors, Steele Memorial Children's Research Center

    · Co-Chair, Fresh Start Gala, 1996, 2005

    · Founding Member, Board of Directors, Boys Team Charity, 2002-2004

    · Chair, All Saints' Episcopal Day School Annual Fund Parent Giving, 1999

    · Vice Chairman, Heart Ball, American Heart Association, 1999

    · Chair, All Saints' Episcopal Day School Fundraiser, 1997

    · Hearing Officer, Arizona State Bar, 1997-1999

    · Chair, Arizona Governor's Conference on Women in Business, Steering Committee, 1994

    Awards & Recognition

    · Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2009-2014

    · Recipient, "YWCA Tribute to Leadership Award" Community Service Corporate Leader Awards, 2013

    · Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2013

    · Recipient, "Founders Award," Fresh Start Women's Foundation, 2012

    · Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 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, 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 of the Year," Arizona Woman magazine, 2006

    · Finalist, "Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Award," 2004-2005

    · Featured, "Women in Power," Arizona Woman magazine, 2004

    · Featured, Arizona Business Journal of Phoenix, April 2000

    · Recognized, Arizona's 'Who's Who' Women in Business, 1999

    · Recipient, "Golden Heart of Business Award," Today's Arizona Woman

    · Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

    Publications & Presentations

    Articles, Lectures & Publications

    · Featured, "Greenberg Traurig Lawyer Helps Women," Connoisseur magazine, January 2013

    · Speaker, "Managing E-Discovery 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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