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Corporate, Automotive and Emerging Technology Attorney

Jeffrey is a technology-focused corporate attorney with broad legal authority in autonomous and connected vehicles. He previously served as autonomous vehicle counsel for a major global automaker providing regulatory counsel and transactional support. Prior to that role, he supported the automaker's emerging technology portfolio, which included connected vehicle services and other advanced safety technologies.

Jeffrey helps his clients navigate the evolving legal and public policy landscape for new and emerging technologies. He additionally focuses on technology startups assisting them through every stage of their development. Jeffrey is also credentialed as an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional and his practice covers an array of privacy matters.

In addition to his emerging technology practice, Jeffrey handles a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, supply chain agreements and other commercial and real estate transactions.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Stefan at 313/481-7343 or jmstefan@varnumlaw.com

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2010

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2011

Professional Affiliations

Detroit Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2008

State of Michigan Bar Association

Community Involvement

Faith United Methodist Church, Pastoral Relations Committee, 2010 - present

Grosse Ile High School, robotics team mentor, 2019

Grosse Ile Youth Recreation Association, basketball coach, 2014 - 2018

News & Publications

Presentations

American University Law School, Business Law Review Symposium, presenter, Emerging Technologies in an Unchartered Legal Landscape: An Assessment of the Regulatory Environment Surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology in the Year Ahead, 2016

AutoLex Automotive Legal Forum (Detroit), panelist, Emerging Laws and Public Policy Concerns for Autonomous Vehicles, 2017

CTIA Super Mobility Conference (Las Vegas), panelist, Detroit Muscle and Mobile Connectivity: Transforming One of America's Favorite Obsessions and Cybersecurity: Understanding the Ecosystem, 2016

ITS America Detroit Annual conference, panelist, Competing V2V Technologies: Is Co-existence Possible?, 2018

ITS America San Jose Annual Conference, panelist, Spectrum, the FCC and DOT: What is the latest political and regulatory news around DSRC v. 4G LTE, 5G and what's next? and Transportation and Terrorism: Cybersecurity Threats, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy Law School, guest lecturer, Law of Emerging Technologies, 2017

Publications

Certifications

Certifications

IAPP certified information privacy professional, 2014 - present

Industries

Clerkships

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Paul D. Borman, 2004 - 2005

Education

Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
Order of the Coif
Editor, The Wayne Law Review, 2001 - 2003

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
B.A., magna cum laude, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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