Pamela R. Budreau

Pamela R. Budreau Partner

P 312 625 4994
1 South Dearborn Street
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60603
1 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60603

Pamela R. Budreau focuses her practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic torts, asbestos, personal injury, product liability, maritime and commercial litigation. 

Pamela has many years of experience in deposition cross-examination, settlement negotiations, management of the Cook County asbestos docket, management of the Milwaukee County asbestos docket and trial settings for the St. Louis County asbestos docket. She represents products and equipment manufacturers in numerous product liability cases and trials in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Cook, St. Clair and Madison Counties of Illinois that involve the application of maritime law and alleged exposure to asbestos in the US Navy. 

Before entering private practice, she was the lead Assistant State’s Attorney of the misdemeanor division, felony drug court special prosecution unit, and mental health court at the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. She was a prosecutor for the State of Illinois in multiple criminal divisions and practiced family law when working for her former firm. She also represented multiple persons in Order of Protection hearings as a prosecutor in the family law arena.

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois State University, BS
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, JD


  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, 2024
  • The American Lawyer, Midwest Trailblazer (2022)
  • Leading Lawyers, Civil Defense Law (2018–2019), Toxic Torts Defense Law (2022)
  • Crain's Chicago Business, Notable Gen X Leaders (2021)
  • Daily Herald Business Ledger, Top Women Lawyers In Chicago (2019)
  • Chicago Lawyer, Top Civil Defense Lawyers (2019)
  • Chicago Lawyer, Top Women Lawyers (2019)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer (2018–2019)
  • Daily Herald Business Ledger, Top Women Lawyers In Chicago (2018)
  • Chicago Lawyer, Top Civil Defense Lawyers (2018)
  • Chicago Lawyer, Top Women Lawyers (2018)


  • National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues, Board of Directors (2018-present)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Chair, Young Lawyers Association (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Association (2008-2010)
  • Moot Court, Trial Division Team (2003-2004)
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, President (2003-2004)
  • Illinois State University Mock Trial Team, Award for Best Attorney (2001)
News & Insights


  • Illinois Department of Aging Protocol for Law Enforcement: Responding to Victims of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation , Illinois Department of Agin
    January 1, 2011

    Speaking Engagements

  • Use of Evidence in Domestic Relation Cases, Land of Lincoln and St. Clair Bar Association
    January 1, 2013
  • Elder Abuse: What is It and What is Madison County Doing, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Outreach Dialogue with Senior Citizens
    January 1, 2010
  • Elder Abuse and Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention, 12th Annual Seminar of 3rd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council
    January 1, 2009
  • Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse, Lewis and Clark Community College
    January 1, 2009
  • Domestic Violence and Filing of an Emergency and Plenary Order of Protection, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Department of Sociology
    January 1, 2009
  • Elder Abuse, 3rd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council's 10th Annual Seminar
    January 1, 2009
  • Prevention of Elder Abuse, Senior Services Plus, Inc
    January 1, 2006