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Paul J. Zalewski

Criminal defense Attorney at Warren, MI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2000
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Paul J. Zalewski graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Pre-Law, and graduated from Wayne State University School of Law in 2000 with a Jurist Doctor in Law.


Paul J. Zalewski attended private Catholic schools for his elementary and secondary education, and graduated from the highly accredited Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan in 1990.


Paul J. Zalewski was awarded numerous honors throughout his academic career, including making the Dean's List at Wayne State University for five consecutive semesters with a 4.0 G.P.A.; the Award of Honor and High Achievement at the 36th Judicial District Court's Handgun Intervention Program in 1996 as Chief Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Willie G. Lipscomb, Jr.; the Top Brief Writing Award and the Top Advocate Award in the Arthur Neef Memorial Moot Court Competition in 1997-1998 at Wayne State University School of Law; the Best Appellate Brief Award in the Legal Writing and Research Program at Wayne State University School of Law in 1998; the 1st Place Brief Award and 2nd Place Team Award at the First Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition at University of Buffalo Law School in 1999; and, due to his numerous academic achievements and recognition as the best legal writer and oral advocate at Wayne State University School of Law, Paul J. Zalewski was honored with the position of both lead Advocate and Brief Writer for the Moot Court National Team at Wayne State University School of Law from 1999-2000.


Paul J. Zalewski began his legal career as the Chief Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Willie G. Lipscomb, Jr. at the 36th Judicial District Court in Detroit, Michigan from 1994 -1996. His recognition and achievements in this position resulted in his employment with National Institute of Justice, an arm of the United States Department of Justice, through the nationally recognized research organizations of The Urban Institute and Weststat in Washington, D.C., where he was employed as the Lead Research Assistant in a study of the 36th Judicial District Court's Handgun Intervention Program in Detroit, Michigan from 1996-1998. Paul J. Zalewski then served as a law clerk and associate attorney for Peter J. Lucido, P.C. from 1998 - 2003, before he accepted a position as Executive In-House Corporate Counsel for several automotive and manufacturing corporations in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan, where he served as corporate counsel from 2003-2006.


In 2011, Paul J. Zalewski was received an Award of Recognition and Appreciation from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for his representation of a prisoner/Plaintiff in a Section 1983 / 8th Amendment civil rights action, which case has already once been before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and is currently ongoing pending litigation through the Plaintiff's estate. 


In January 2006, Paul J. Zalewski formed and founded a small general practice law firm with his former law clerk, which later became known as Canu, Torrice & Zalewski, PLLC d/b/a CTZ Law d/b/a .  Paul J. Zalewski built one of the most successful new general practice firms in Macomb County, Michigan from the ground up, where he became well recognized as greatly respected as a leader in the legal community.


In July 2013, due to the tremendous success of his previous law firm and the growth of his business and corporate client base, especially in the area of manufacturing and aerospace, Paul J. Zalewski created a new full service boutique law firm with its main office in Macomb County, Michigan.  The Zalewski Law Firm's focus is to provide clients with legal representation by an attorney that focuses their practice on the specialized and particular areas of law that suits each client's needs, in order to provide the client with the best legal representation possible. 


The Zalewski Law Firm's areas of practice include Auto Accidents, Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Contract Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Credit Disputes, Criminal Defense, Debt Negotiation, Driver's License Appeals, Real Estate law, Land Contracts and Purchases Agreements, Landlord/Tenant Law, No-Fault Law, Prisoner Rights/8th Amendment claims, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.


Paul J. Zalewski is licensed to practice law in both Michigan State and Federal Courts, and the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Business Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan.  In his private life, Paul J. Zalewski is also an avid outdoorsman and a proud supporter of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution as a Trophy Life Member of the North American Hunting Club (NAHC), a Patron Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a member of Safari Club International (SCI), and a member of several other similar organizations.


Throughout his career Paul J. Zalewski has successfully represented numerous clients and litigated thousands of cases against some of the largest law firms and most aggressive prosecutors throughout the State of Michigan with tremendous success. Paul J. Zalewski is widely recognized in the legal community for his superior legal research and writing ability, and his zealous yet eloquent courtroom advocacy. Paul J. Zalewski and The Zalewski Law Firm offer the highest quality of personalized legal representation available to clients in the State of Michigan. 


The Zalewski Law Firm
29199 Ryan Road
Warren, MI, 48092

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Posted by Eric | May 15, 2017
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Trustworthy, Honest, Hardworking
Paul has handled quite a few things for me over the years, and I've gladly referred ALL my friends and family to him. I've definitely lost count of how many "Thanks for giving me Paul's info" replies I've gotten. He has always taken care of me, and my friends and family. Even when he's got a massive caseload he's not too busy to answer a simple txt regarding anything legal matter. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Susan | June 17, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I have used his services for 7 years. I had one of the worst tenants and he helped me handle the ensuing problems effectively and efficiently. There is no better attorney for tenant /lease law than Mr. Zalewski.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2014
Thank you Mr Paul
This the best attorney you need He saved my life my family my career It was my best decision to chose him to take care of my case He is smart and kni how to lead his case and defense you , my case was in 36 court and he was able to dismiss the case even thu this court it's so hard to deal with Thank you Mr Paul
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2013
Paul literally saved my life
I was a foreigner charged with misdemeanor in the city of Detroit. If found guilty, I could lose my visa status and be deported. I have talked with a few lawyers before Paul, but none gave me the confidence of defending my charge. The first time Paul and I talked over the phone, I knew he was the lawyer I was seeking as he patiently went through the possible outcomes and explained how he was going to defend me accordingly. His response was always prompt, even on the weekend. Eventually, my case was dismissed and he literally saved my American dream. Highly recommended for anyone who needs a professional, reliable, and experienced lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2013
Criminal Defense at its best!
I was charged in Highland Park MI with Offer to Engage/Solicitation for Prostitution. I made a poor decision and stopped to talk with an attractive woman that turned out to be a decoy undercover police officer. I was arrested my vehicle impounded and my money confiscated. I am active duty military, an arrest of this nature can have devastating consequences for my career. Needless to say I began to search for a lawyer to fight the charges and save my career. While researching the charge I came across Paul. I gave him a call and from our very first conversation I knew that I found the right lawyer. I contacted Paul on a Sunday and by Monday my arraignment appearance was waved. This was a relief due to the fact that I don't live in Detroit and would have had to drive from out of state to appear. It took about a month for my actual pre-trial court date. Throughout this very stressful time period Paul kept in contact with me and ensured me that my case was a priority. I knew that Paul could make no promises however his attitude and confidence during our conversations reassured me that I had the best chance with Paul on my team. My Pre-trial court date arrived and I appeared in court. I arrived early and waited nervously for Paul to arrive. Paul entered the courtroom we met face to face for the first time then he got to work. I could tell immediately that Paul had an outstanding rapport with the prosecutor and a commanding presence. Following a conversation with the prosecutor and the judge Paul motioned for me to speak with him outside the courtroom. When he told me that my charge was reduced and would be dismissed upon payment of court costs and fees I could have kissed him but hugged him instead. It was almost surreal that this was finally over. I put my career and livelihood in jeopardy and Paul saved me. I thank God for Paul and I am forever in his debt. If you have made a mistake and need someone to make it right your best chance is with Paul Zalewski.
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Posted by Richard | August 13, 2013
Wonderful lawyer that delivered results, highly recommended
I was referred to Mr. Paul Zalewski by friends and family for representation in a business civil lawsuit . I met with other attorneys prior that were unimpressive. Within 10 minutes I knew I found the right lawyer. He was knowledgable, personable and instantly made me feel at ease. Everything he predicted would happen in our lawsuit came to be, and I never felt mislead or was given a false sense of reality. Although I am not frequently in lawsuits or accustomed to being sued, I have used other lawyers before and this is the first time I felt like I had the best attorney I could have found. Courtroom manner and appearance - extremely impressive, polished, and sharply dressed.. Negotiation skills - remarkable and persuasive. I remember sitting in court and after our hearing was done and heard someone in the audience comment on how good that lawyer was, referring to Mr. Zalewski. They were correct. This gentleman literally took charge of the courtroom when he spoke, and the results of what I thought was a dire and hopeless situation changed when he was done speaking, and the judge ruled favorably which led to a favorable settlement. When he asked if I would give him a review, I felt like it was the least I can do. I honestly believe that I would have had a $100,000 swing for the worse if it wasn't for him. Here is the real hook-he's fees were reasonable. I hope I never need to call an attorney again but if so I'm making one call, and that's to Paul.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2009
Honest attorney that fought to defend my rights!
This attorney came HIGHLY recommended from a number of my friends. Paul Zalewski, and his partners, all worked on my case together and found a constitutional challenge to get my criminal case dismissed entirely! The whole law firm was wonderful, and Paul is one of the sharpest most intelligent people I have ever met. He was in court with me personally every time and always answered my phone calls. I haven't had to use attorneys a lot, but from the horror stories I hear from other people, I am glad I went with this law firm.
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  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000


  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present

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Paul J. Zalewski
Criminal defense Attorney
Warren, MI
Licensed for 23 years