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Donna Tillis

Donna Tillis

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
donna.tillis@nelsonmullins.com

Donna Tillis is a litigator whose practice is focused on complex business litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, and construction defect.

Donna Tillis is a litigator whose practice is focused on complex business litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, and construction defect.

Donna Tillis

Donna Tillis is a litigator whose practice is focused on complex business litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, and construction defect.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Litigation and client projects addressing a variety of financial service issues, including the following:
    • Telephone Consumer Protection Act
    • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Uniform Commercial Code
    • South Carolina Consumer Protection Code
  • Has defended businesses in state and national class actions in state and federal courts
  • Litigation and client projects addressing life, health, and disability insurance issues, including the following: 
    • Represented life, health, and disability insurance companies in litigation and regulatory matters
    • Defended bad faith claims, asserted rescission claims based on material misrepresentations, brought declaratory judgment actions based on lack of insurable interest, and brought interpleader actions in state and federal court
    • Provided advice with respect to claims investigations and decisions to pay claims   
  • Has defended developers and manufacturers in construction defect litigation in state and federal courts

Previous Professional Experience

  • Volunteer Judicial Clerk, the Honorable Clifton Newman, South Carolina Circuit Court
  • Communication consultant, The Constitution Project, Washington, D.C.
  • Communications Intern, South Carolina Educational Television

Educational Activities

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Board Member, Pro Bono Program
    • Educational Law Research Assistant for Professor Derek Black
    • Member, Black Law Student Association

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (2014)
    • Editor in Chief, ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal
    • CALI Excellence in Legal Research, Analysis and Writing
    • Student Member, John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
    • Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholar, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    • Children’s Law Program, Certificate of Concentration
  • Columbia College, BA, Communications, summa cum laude (2011)
    • Honors Program

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Richland County Bar Public Service Committee (2019–present)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder (2019)
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Young Lawyer Liaison (2016–2020)
  • Defense Research Institute
    •  Life, Health, and Disability Committee, Chair of Young Lawyers Subcommittee (2018–present), Chair of Membership Subcommittee (2021–present)
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Board Member (2021–present), Governance and Compliance Chair (2021–present)
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