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Darren M. Malek

Real estate Attorney at Kalamazoo, MI

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 17 years
    Michigan - MI 24 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2007
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2000
    Active in Good Standing

About Darren

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I am an attorney with a unique background involving substantial and varied transactional and litigation experience. I focus my practice on advising owner-operated businesses and professional practices on day-to-day business matters, contracts, mergers and acquisitions and litigation and dispute resolution. I have developed a particular focus on dealing with high-dollar owner dispute, contract and commercial collection contingency litigation. In doing so, I employ an aggressive but flexible and creative approach, with an emphasis on proactive measures, early strategic thinking, and practical solutions.

Specialties: Results-oriented hourly, contingency and hybrid billing litigation, focused on high-dollar disputes between owners, breach of contract matters and commercial collection. Advising entrepreneurs, including professional service providers and manufacturers, on day-to-day business matters, contract matters, contract and other disputes, business acquisitions and sales and other matters requiring personalized and practical advice. Advising and assisting discrete bank clients as well as borrowers with structuring of loans, negotiation of loan terms and, when difficulty arises, loan forbearance and collection. Working with real estate buyers, sellers and developers.

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Veritas Law Group
157 S. Kalamazoo Mall.
Suite 240
Kalamazoo, MI, 49007

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Posted by Brian | January 19, 2015
Outstanding legal acumen and service to accomplish business goals and objectives
Darren's work on numerous business projects of which I and my firm have been a part has been outstanding. He possesses keen legal and business insights and provides strong, thoughtful and practical advice, balancing the ability to deliver the important legal work needed to accomplish the business needs, while never importantly losing sight of the end project objectives and goals, looking for, finding and implementing creative solutions to complex legal problems.
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Posted by Brandon | January 13, 2015
Straight shooter
Darren helped me out on numerous occasions for both personal and professional issues. He was consistently energetic, honest, and very good at thinking "out of the box". He clearly had a superior grasp on the legal side of things, but took the time to explain them to me in "layman's terms", which I greatly appreciate. The outcome of several business situations turned out all favorable to myself and my partners. Even if they had not, I respect Darren's level of professionalism. I highly recommend him to anyone that has the need. His creativity saved me a lot of money and I will call him again in the future, should the need arise.
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Posted by Scott | January 12, 2015
Business Transition
Darren was very instrumental with a major transition in our small business. He was extremely knowledgeable and presented clear solutions to the sensitive and complicated issues. I would highly recommend Darren for other small business owner.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2015
An excellent lawyer and advisor
Darren was extremely knowledgable and helpful when we needed him. He was on top of everything and helped us make the correct decisions.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2014
never gives up
Darren gave me the best advice. I felt like he was honest and fair. If he believes in your cause he will not back down.


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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Censure issued in IL, 2011
updated on 12/13/2011

Censure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Managing Partner
  • Veritas Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Varnum, LLP
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Judicial Extern for Judge Erwin I. Katz
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Law School Paralegal
  • Jp Morgan Chase
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Intern, Federal Litigation Group
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Lake Forest College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Budco Tool and Die Inc. v. Wolverine Metal Stamping Inc.


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leadership Kalamazoo,Graduate
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • 2007
  • Law Review
  • DePaul Law School
  • 1999


  • Progressive Business Conferences
  • Records Retention
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Commercial Loan Documentation
  • Commercial Loan Documentation
  • 2007
  • Records Retention
  • Records Retention
  • 2005
  • Documentation Retention and Destruction in Michigan
  • Documentation Retention and Destruction in Michigan
  • 2005
  • Business Lending in Michigan
  • Business Lending in Michigan
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Darren
Litigation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darren is a vigorous litigator, who approaches matters from a variety of angles to maximize results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is a smart, aggressive lawyer. He is a wonderful advocate."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"All lawyers are required to represent their clients zealously and most do just that. However, some lawyers take on their client’s representation with such zeal that one would believe they were fighting for their own cause. This is true of Darren. I have been impressed time and time again with his creativity and tenacity. It is his creativity that sets Darren apart. He not only fights hard for his clients, but examines a case fully from beginning to end looking for opportunities to push towards a positive resolution for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have had many cases against Darren over the last several years. I have found him a very worthy opponent. Darren works very, very hard for his clients. Moreover, he doesn't miss anything. He pays close attention to what goes on in his cases and, that pays off. I have found that despite my better efforts, he gets excellent results for his clients. I get the impression that his clients are generally pleased with his work. One other point, when I send an email to him, he gets back to me immediately, pretty much wherever he is, even if it is on vacation or if he is in trial. He moves his cases along and that gets things done."
Business Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Kalamazoo Real estate Lawyer Darren M. Malek
Darren M. Malek
Real estate Attorney
Kalamazoo, MI
Licensed for 24 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details