Elizabeth M. Malone

Elizabeth M. Malone

Troy, Michigan

Liz maintains a defense practice in general negligence, commercial and employment litigation. She has extensive experience representing corporate employers and individuals in civil rights/employment litigation, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge litigation. She has also represented employers and employees in labor arbitration, EEOC and MESC proceedings.

Published Decisions

Moody v. Pepsi Cola, 915 F.2d 201 (6th Cir. 1990) - Represented employee in action against employer for breach of contract and age discrimination under state and federal law. Jury awarded $450,000 in economic and emotional distress damages. On appeal, the Sixth Court of Appeals upheld the jury's finding that evidence established that alleged reduction in workforce was a pretext for age discrimination and that damages for emotional distress were not excessive.

Soper v. Hoben, 195 F.3d 845 (6th Cir. 1999) - Represented defendant school district and individual school district employees in lawsuit filed by the mother of a female educable mentally impaired student, who brought a state court action on the student's behalf and individually, against the school district, school board and various individuals, alleging negligence and gross negligence under state law and violations of Title IX arising from alleged harassment, sexual molestation and rape of student by male students. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted summary judgment to all defendants. On appeal, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld dismissal of the case, holding that (1) school district superintendent was entitled to absolute immunity from state tort claims; (2) other defendants were entitled to immunity because their conduct did not rise to the level of gross negligence; (3) plaintiffs failed to establish violation of equal protection or due process; (4) individual defendants were entitled to qualified immunity; (5) student had no private right of action under Title IX against defendants in their individual capacities; and (6) district did not engage in intentional discrimination in violation of Title IX.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Collections
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Negligence Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Moot Court Board of Directors 1982-1983
    • Honors: Moor Court Oral Advocacy Award, First Place, February 1981
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2007 - Present