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Litigation Attorney

Paul is an associate in Varnum’s Litigation and Trial Practice, where he represents clients in a variety of disputes and privacy matters, as well as regulatory matters impacting the cannabis industry.

Since joining Varnum, Paul has both brought and defended actions that span contracts, toxic torts, personal injury, and environmental law.  He has particular experience representing auto suppliers and cannabis companies in complex commercial disputes.  He also serves as a key member of the firm's PFAS team in the sensitive and high-profile PFAS litigation that has garnered media attention throughout the state and country.  Paul's broad litigation practice has led to a vast understanding of e-Discovery, particularly in response to subpoenas from government agencies like the SEC, the FTC, and the DOJ.

Aside from his litigation practice, Paul is also a member of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity and Autonomous/Connected Vehicle groups.  Through the course of this work, he drafts notices for data breaches, advises companies on privacy policy compliance with various regulations, and advises companies on individual state requirements after experiencing a data breach.  In the automotive space, Paul leverages his deep knowledge of traffic laws and regulations throughout the United States to advise clients on the potential legal obligations in developing autonomous vehicle technology.

Paul also advises companies in the cannabis industry—from advising on local requirements for eventual licensing under Michigan’s Medical and Recreational Cannabis statutes to national requirements for use of CBD products in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Paul was recently named by Best Lawyers® as one of the 2021 Grand Rapids "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 Paul Albarran at 616/336-6372 or paalbarran@varnumlaw.com

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch, Communications Law, 2021

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

The First Tee of West Michigan, Board member

WMEAC, Board member

News & Publications

Practice Areas

Clerkships

  • Michigan Court of Appeals, Honorable Patrick M. Meter
  • Michigan Supreme Court, Honorable Mary Beth Kelly

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, Indiana
J.D., 2017

Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
B.A., 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Languages

  • Spanish (professional working proficiency)
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