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Charu holds a CIPP/US certification and focuses her legal practice on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity. Charu represents clients in a number of industries, including autonomous and connected vehicles and the consumer data marketplace. Charu is able to skillfully navigate the intricacies of the rapidly-evolving data privacy and cybersecurity regulatory landscape and help her clients develop policies and procedures that comply with both international and domestic privacy laws.

Charu has represented clients in the insurance, manufacturing and agricultural industries through regulatory enforcement actions and consumer tort litigation. Charu has also counseled global corporations through data breaches and helped them develop response plans that minimize their risk of liability. 

Prior to joining Varnum, Charu worked at the Executive Office of Immigration Review within the United States Department of Justice. During law school, she served as symposium editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, where her interest in public policy and her organizational skills allowed her to successfully plan and execute numerous academic conferences.

Charu was recently named by Best Lawyers® as one of the 2021 "Ones to Watch," a designation given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

For more information, please contact Charu Ganesh at 616/336-6889 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Girls on the Run, coach

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Junior Guild

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, Tennessee
J.D., 2018
Symposium Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., with honors, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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