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Julie M. Mallen

Julie M. Mallen


IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6631 | F: 312.781.6630


Julie represents corporate clients, individual shareholders, sole proprietors and entrepreneurs in a myriad of complex commercial disputes, including class actions and appeals. As a member of the Litchfield Cavo LLP’s financial institutions class action team, Julie recognizes that each client and each matter is unique and strives to provide a custom approach to risk management. She engages this approach with her extensive experience representing banks, credit unions and other financial services providers against state and federal class action claims, including claims involving the fee practices utilized by the financial institutions to her practice.

Julie focuses on business litigation matters involving antitrust issues, breach of fiduciary duty claims and legal malpractice. In addition, she handles labor and employment issues involving breaches of non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements and advises clients on contract negotiations, and also counsels clients on product liability matters and risk management concerns.

Julie works with clients and opposing counsel to resolve matters prior to litigation by engaging all parties at the forefront to determine if a non-litigation resolution is attainable. Her approach involves thoroughly understanding the client’s end goal, developing a solid approach and obtaining a favorable resolution in a cost-effective manner.

Prior to joining Litchfield Cavo, Julie worked at well-respected law firms in Chicago, where she cultivated valued clients and honed her legal litigation skills. Before attending the University of Notre Dame Law School, Julie worked as a legal assistant for a boutique business defense firm.


  • Assisted in quick resolution of class action suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with an outcome well below statutory damages
  • Served as member of trial team on behalf of real estate developer in legal malpractice dispute with management company in connection with 10 multimillion-dollar real estate development deals; jury returned not guilty verdict for client when damages sought were in excess of $15 million
  • Obtained early dismissal in age discrimination case against school district
  • Defended national lender in class action dispute against alleged violations of securities and lending laws in federal court in relation to arbitration provision contained in agreement
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of partner in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract/breach of partnership/breach of fiduciary duty case against former partners arising from profit-sharing agreements and involving counterclaims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-disclosure/non-solicitation agreements
  • Successfully defeated claim against trustee of family trust for breach of fiduciary duty by establishing that complaining beneficiary had full knowledge of the administration and trust activities of various assets and demonstrating that formal accounting was not required due to waiver by disgruntled beneficiary, which decision was upheld on appeal
  • Obtained dismissal of CEO in securities litigation suit based on jurisdictional issues
  • Successfully defended national mortgage broker against claims allegations violations of state and federal laws, including the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act.