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Michael C. Mallen

Of Counsel
Mike Mallen is nationally recognized for resolving complex workplace safety, health, and environmental enforcement and compliance matters for clients in industries ranging from manufacturing to construction. From growing up around scrap yards and textile mills to serving as an executive and in-house counsel for heavy-industrial manufacturers, Mike knows the challenging, yet rewarding nature of industry. His more than 30 years' experience practicing law, coupled with a boots-on-the-ground background in owning and operating manufacturing facilities and managing remediation and industrial brownfields site development, provide first-hand industry experience and a unique perspective. This rare combination benefits Chambliss' clients in innumerable ways, including when:
  • Conducting proactive workplace safety audits
  • Designing and implementing safety policies
  • Providing catastrophic response, representation, and defense
  • Managing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections and defending against federal, state, and local regulatory enforcement actions
  • Providing advice and counsel in connection with industrial brownfields real estate development and repurposing
  • Guiding developers and manufacturers through development and expansion tax abatements and incentives
  • Assisting with litigation strategy, defense and resolutions, merger and acquisition negotiations, and due diligence, in connection with manufacturing, construction, and other matters requiring first-hand industrial experience
Clients value Mike as a trusted advisor as an extension of their team. They know he has a genuine interest in their business and goes above and beyond to protect and defend them with the highest level of urgency and integrity. Mike has been in their shoes, and his legal perspective allows him to see what they might not – whether in time of crisis or risk prevention.
Mike practices in the firm's Labor and Employment and Environmental Sections and regularly appears before governing bodies to resolve legal, regulatory, workplace safety, and environmental issues for clients, locally and nationally. Some of his recent matters include representing multiple national and regional construction contractors in OSHA fatality enforcement actions; representing, defending, and obtaining resolutions for manufacturers relating to fatalities from falls and catastrophic injuries from electrical hazards, and from chemical explosions and hazardous chemicals; and negotiating tax incentives for public infrastructure around commercial projects exceeding $100 million across multiple states.

If you are unable to reach Michael, please contact his colleague:



Mary L. Schmidt
D: 423.321.0414


J.D., The University of Tennessee College of Law, 1987
B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration, The University of Tennessee, 1984


Florida, 1987
Tennessee, 1988
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