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Paul M. Laurenza Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Education

Washington University, J.D.

  • Law Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief

Brown University, M.A.

University of New Hampshire, B.S., cum laude

Paul Laurenza is the Office Managing Member of the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. He represents consumer product, automotive and other clients on federal regulatory and related litigation issues, including those before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Transportation, Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Mr. Laurenza's technical background, coupled with over three decades of legal experience in regulatory and litigation issues, allows him to deal with a diverse range of legal matters for clients across a broad spectrum of industries.

Mr. Laurenza has represented corporations and associations in matters involving consumer product safety regulation and liability; antitrust; commercial and government contracts; environmental regulation and sustainability; transportation; customs/international trade; advertising and marketing; intellectual property and professional liability.

His clients, which include the world's leading sports apparel and equipment supplier, a major multinational energy company, and a national industry association, benefit from his prompt and thorough counsel and strategic advice. For example, his handling of numerous consumer product safety issues for a global manufacturer was cited by the client in selecting Dykema to receive its Legal Vendor of the Year award.

Mr. Laurenza has handled approximately 70 recalls of consumer products and motor vehicles and equipment and has represented clients in related agency investigations, penalty proceedings and litigation. He recently was lead defense counsel in In re Maxfield and Oberton, LLC, the first Consumer Product Safety Commission administrative recall proceeding since 2001. He currently represents a consortium of global manufacturers on a broad range of legal and strategic issues involving a multimillion-dollar research and development contract with the federal government to develop innovative safety communications technologies.

Mr. Laurenza is a frequent speaker at bar association and industry programs and has authored more than 40 articles on regulatory, trade and litigation topics in leading domestic and international legal, business and trade periodicals.

Experience

  • Handles matters before federal and state courts, administrative agency tribunals, boards of contract appeals and arbitration panels.
  • Represents leading manufacturers, importers, retailers and industry associations in the consumer product, food and drug, transportation, construction and industrial sectors.
  • Represents clients in a wide array of product safety and liability, health, advertising and warranty, import and distribution, and related matters, including product recalls, agency investigations, agency rulemakings and resulting federal appellate court reviews.
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization
  • Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman