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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. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    16 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    16 years
  3. Business: 20%
    16 years
  4. Corporate: 10%
  5. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    16 years


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The Zalewski Law Firm

29199 Ryan Road
Warren, MI, 48092


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Association namePosition nameDuration
Macomb County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2000 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000