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  • Education
    • J.D., Cum Laude, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2012
    • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2009
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Tennessee, 2012
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2016
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2016
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2016
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2017
Michael Malone focuses on delivering strategic and practical representation to every client. As a member of Polsinelli's litigation team, Michael strives to gain an in-depth understanding of each client's business and how a particular course of action will impact the client's business objectives, both immediately and long-term. With these business objectives in mind, Michael focuses on achieving the most effective and efficient results for every client in every matter.

Michael has considerable experience representing payment-card processors, banks, and telecommunications companies in a variety of litigation matters, including class actions. Michael also represents businesses, organizations, and individuals in a variety of other areas including:
  • Complex breach-of-contract litigation
  • Data-breach litigation
  • PCI-DSS compliance issues
  • Business-tort litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Financial services litigation and regulatory compliance
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted numerous breach-of-contract and business-tort cases in state and federal courts across the country on behalf of payment card processor.
  • As lead counsel, successfully obtained dismissal of numerous negligence lawsuits brought against a consumer reporting agency in connection with a large data breach.
  • Successfully defended injunctive relief action brought by community hospital attempting to prevent sale of operations for numerous skilled nursing facilities.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for defendant/cross-plaintiff on multiple equitable claims, including unjust enrichment and quantum meruit, despite the case continuing against other defendants.
  • Advised clients regarding compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted numerous claims in arbitration actions before the American Arbitration Association and the National Futures Association.
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted numerous breach-of-lease cases on behalf of large real estate investor.
  • Successfully enforced money judgments obtained in other states in Tennessee courts on behalf of numerous clients.
  • Advised financial services clients seeking to form commodity pool operator organizations regarding compliance with National Futures Association regulations.
  • As lead trial counsel in a pro bono matter, successfully obtained award of custody to petitioner in an action brought pursuant to the Hague Convention. At the conclusion of the bench trial, the court ordered the petitioner's minor children be returned to the petitioner's custody.