Attorney Bios

Paul D. Malmfeldt

Paul Malmfeldt has over 12 years' experience in complex securities, commodity futures, and commercial litigation. His experience includes the prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty and waste claims in shareholder derivative actions. Mr. Malmfeldt has led Blau & Malmfeldt's practice since 2008.

Derivative actions in which Mr. Malmfeldt has served as co-counsel include: Trumbo et al. v. The Inland Group, et al. (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL No. 13-CH-07790) in which he prosecuted claims on behalf of stockholders in InvenTrust Properties Corp. (f/k/a Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc.), achieving a settlement of $11.1 million; and Gamburg et al. v. Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. et al. (Circuit Court for Baltimore City No. 24CV16004496) in which he prosecuted claims on behalf of stockholders in Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., achieving a settlement of $3.25 million.

In Lang et al. v. Last Atlantis Capital Management LLC et al. (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL No. 08-CH-46044), Mr. Malmfeldt prosecuted derivative claims against an investment company's managing member, introducing broker, and clearing broker. He subsequently became lead counsel for the investment company's court-appointed receiver, achieving a substantial recovery for the receivership estate and successfully defending against the clearing broker's claims.

Mr. Malmfeldt presently serves as co-counsel in the following derivative actions: Fannon et al. v. UMTH Land Development L.P. et al. (Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware C.A. No. 12541) and Milliken v. American Realty Capital Hospitality Advisors, LLC et al. (U.S. District Court S.D.N.Y. No. 1:18-cv-1757).

Mr. Malmfeldt's experience in complex commodity futures litigation includes his representation of a commodity pool in the MF Global, Inc. bankruptcy proceeding (In Re MF Global, Inc., U.S. Bankruptcy Court S.D.N.Y. No. 11-2790). Mr. Malmfeldt prosecuted a claim for wrongful liquidation in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act. He obtained court approval of the claim in the amount of $2.1 million which made his client one of the largest non-affiliate general creditors.

Mr. Malmfeldt has an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Bowdoin College (1998) where he was a James Bowdoin Scholar and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law (2005) where he was an editor of the Illinois Business Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in Illinois.