Stefan to Head the Firm’s Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Autonomous Vehicle Teams
Varnum is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Stefan has rejoined the firm as a Partner based in Detroit.
Stefan is a technology-focused attorney with broad legal authority in data privacy and advanced mobility matters. He is credentialed as a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional by the IAPP and regularly assists some of the world’s leading technology companies with regulatory and data privacy issues. He also helps navigate the evolving legal and public policy landscape for new and emerging mobility technologies
Stefan rejoins Varnum from electric vehicle automaker Rivian, where he served as Associate General Counsel, leading a wide range of privacy-related matters in connection with the company’s development and production of the world’s first fully electric truck.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Jeff back to the firm, and especially delighted to have him lead our Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Autonomous Vehicles Teams,” said Varnum Chair Ron DeWaard. “Legal work in these areas continues to intensify and our clients will benefit from Jeff’s outstanding experience and leadership in the mobility industry and all industries with data privacy and cybersecurity needs.”
In addition to his technology practice, Stefan handles a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, supply chain agreements and other commercial transactions. He also serves as outside general counsel for companies in the construction, fintech and mobility sectors.
Stefan’s background includes serving as autonomous vehicle counsel at a major global automaker, where he worked closely with the product development and business operation teams. He also served in a public policy role, addressing issues impacting the company’s emerging technology portfolio including data privacy, cybersecurity and various telematics-related legal and public policy matters.
Stefan is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, served on The Wayne Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif honor society. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University.