Zinn, L. Pahl


Colgate University

B.A., 1991
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • History Honors Society

Syracuse University

J.D., 1997
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif

Bar Admission


L. Pahl Zinn


Prominent Assignments

Co-lead counsel for Fortune 100 company in Department of Justice investigation for alleged price fixing among competitors. Represented same client in putative civil class actions filed in multiple jurisdictions which were successfully consolidated by the Joint Panel of Multi-District Litigation in United States District Court for the E.D. Mich, and obtained dismissal of all claims.

Co-lead counsel for Ford Motor Company in antitrust/RICO litigation with claimed damages in excess of $3 billion. All thirteen counts, including antitrust and refusal to deal claims, dismissed by District Court and affirmed by Sixth Circuit on appeal. 

Represented major sporting goods manufacture and obtained preliminary injunction against competitor for patent infringement of sporting good equipment design.  

Represented Northwest Airlines, Inc. as Michigan counsel in predatory pricing lawsuit. Settled on favorable terms after summary dismissal at trial court level. 

Co-lead counsel for Compuware in three lawsuits stemming from opposing party's misconduct in an asset purchase transaction and alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Obtained summary dismissal of two lawsuits and successfully obtained and collected multi-million dollar judgment in the third lawsuit.

Co-lead counsel for MGM Grand Detroit in putative class action alleging violations of the Michigan Consumer Protective Act in operation of slot machines and obtained summary dismissal of all claims. Dismissal of cases affirmed on appeal.

Represented Northwest Airlines, Inc. as Michigan counsel in class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing conspiracy between Northwest and other major airline competitors.

Michigan counsel on Michigan Consumer Protection Act and consumer related litigation for Amazon, Inc. 

Michigan counsel on patent litigation matters for Google Inc.

Represented individuals targeted by DOJ in criminal antitrust, price-cartel, and anti-bribery FCPA investigations.

Counsel for a variety of clients on antitrust, franchise, distribution and dealer termination matters.

Counsel to clients on intellectual property matters including patent licensing and intellectual property portfolio management.

First and second chair trial experience in state and federal courts and arbitrations.

Representative Clients

  • Amazon, Inc.
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Emerson Electric, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GCAN Insurance Co.
  • Google Inc.
  • MGM Grand
  • PNC Bank, N.A.
  • Rollins, Inc.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Former Chair of Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Section
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • Federal Bar Association, E.D. Mich. Chapter
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Grosse Pointe Hockey Association, Volunteer Coach and Former Board Member
  • University Liggett School, Immediate Past - President of the Alumni Board of Governors


  • Contributing author to Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies; Ch. 14, Damages Recoverable for Breaches of Contracts for the Sale of Goods, Vol. I (2002 3d ed).
  • Speaker, "Anti-Compliance = Antitrust," Automotive Industry Action Group Annual Meeting, Troy, MI, March 6, 2012
  • Moderator, "Corporate Leniency In An Era of Increased Enforcement," Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Section Of SBM, Detroit, MI,February 15, 2013
  • Speaker, "Legal Strategies, Supplier Trends, and Supply Chain Issues," Original Equipment Supplier's Association Regional Meeting, Nashville, TN, June 20, 2013
  • Speaker, "Practical Considerations for Enhancing Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance," KPMG Risk and Compliance Forum, Detroit, MI, January 14, 2015
  • Speaker, "Cross-Market Mergers in the Healthcare Industry: The New Focus of Antitrust Enforcement?" Webinar in Conjunction with The Knowledge Group and NERA


  • Clerk, Michigan Court of Appeals, Pre-Hearing Division, 1997-1998