Attorney Paul C. Mallon, Jr. - Fraser Trebilcock

Paul C. Mallon, Jr.

Shareholder / Detroit


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)
  • Michigan State University (B.A.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Paul C. Mallon, Jr. is the Chair of the firm's cannabis law practice group. From commercial litigation to business law, Paul's diverse legal experience allows him to craft creative solutions to challenging problems.

Paul focuses his practice on commercial litigation of all varieties, including breach of contract claims, promissory note and collection claims, enforcement of security instruments and guaranties, fraud, shareholder disputes and derivative claims, commercial mortgage foreclosure and other real estate disputes, fiduciary duty claims, and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

In addition to his considerable litigation experience, Paul also represents corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in all phases of existence, from formation to sale and dissolution. He has experience representing public bodies such as municipalities, community college districts, and townships in transactional and litigation matters. Paul also counsels his clients in consumer protection matters and has authored and had published a scholarly work addressing the treatment of tying arrangements under antitrust law.

Paul joined Fraser Trebilcock after practicing law in Chicago for more than seven years. He spends his time working out of the firm's Lansing and Detroit offices.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in Michigan, Business Litigation (2016-2017)
  • Recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as an 'Up & Coming Lawyer' Class of 2018
Testimonials & Client Matters

Several examples of Paul´s breadth of experience include:

  • Successfully represented real estate developer against claims of architectural copyright infringement. Filed and argued 12(b)(6) motion which resulted in elimination of all demands/requests by the plaintiff for statutory damages and attorney's fees under the copyright act, and obtain summary judgment in favor of client on all claims of direct copyright infringement;
  • Defend large quartz manufacturer against multi-million dollar claims asserted by distributor. Successfully defeat motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction;
  • Defend pharmacy service provider against breach of contract claims by bankrupt pharmaceutical company. Win motion for summary judgment on statute of repose argument and reach favorable settlement for client; 
  • Defend large state university in matter involving claims by large municipality of approximately $5MM. File (C)(7) motion advancing arguments that all claims were barred due to failure to comply with notice requirements, leading to favorable settlement for client;
  • Successfully obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction permitting farmer client to harvest thousands of dollars of crops and preventing adverse claimant from entering the farmland;
  • Represent large commercial real estate portfolio manager in drainage charge dispute with City of Detroit. Participated in class action proceedings relating to Detroit's drainage charge, and negotiated favorable settlement for client separate from the general class action settlement approved by the court;
  • Serve as trial counsel for fast-food restaurant holdings company and secure judgment at trial in favor of client against State of Michigan awarding the client al relief sought;
  • Litigation counsel for international developer and affiliates in commercial foreclosure action on lakefront property in Chicago and related proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court;
  • Representation of development firm before the Illinois Court of Appeals for the First District, successfully overturning adverse determinations by a local zoning board and the Circuit Court of Cook County and securing approval for proposed use of property;
  • First chair in federal action to enforce $90 million guaranty, successfully defending guarantor client and dismissing case;
  • Second chair in shareholder derivative case in the Delaware Court of Chancery;
  • Representation of manufacturer client in federal and state courts involving claims and counterclaims for breaches of various related loan and distribution agreements asserted by and against multiple parties;
  • Second chair in a trial for breach of promissory note and related guaranties, successfully limiting the plaintiff's recourse against guarantor;
  • Co-first chair in successful bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County in which $87,000 judgment was obtained for client;
  • Representation of appellant in appeal to Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District from adverse jury verdict;
  • Prosecution of client´s claim to collect over $500,000 for breach of promissory note and personal guaranty, resulting in successful settlement for full value of claims;
  • Representation of public entity client in interest-based arbitration relating to negotiation of new collective bargaining agreement with union;
  • Administrative prosecutions of claims on behalf of municipal clients;
  • Representation of developer in multiple matters filed by bank to recover multi-million dollar claims against him and his company, resulting in successful settlement that saved the valuable development project from foreclosure and the client from personal bankruptcy.