Paul L. Nystrom


Paul Nystrom goes the distance for clients—literally.

He has appeared in state and federal courts across the country and before arbitration and mediation panels nationwide. Much of his practice involves defending automotive companies and product manufacturers in complex litigation matters, including product liability cases and class actions, but he also represents clients in complex commercial, contract, business, real estate, and healthcare disputes. Paul zealously advocates for his clients, but the truth is, he likes the fight, too.

Paul is a formidable adversary throughout all stages of litigation. In the product liability, commercial contract, and class action arenas, the technology and science involved can be perplexing. Yet, he has a knack for grasping how components and technology work and the technical engineering behind them.

In all types of cases, he quickly distills the issues and determines the best strategy for his clients. Because of these aptitudes, Paul easily converses with and cross-examines experts and simplifies difficult concepts to persuade judges and juries.

Years of experience have also made Paul quite versatile.

He is as skilled at defending premises liability and other injury cases as he is handling commercial, business, antitrust, and real estate disputes. He advises clients in real estate and land use litigation, such as disputes over easements, covenants, leases, zoning, and condemnation. He counsels health care providers in medical malpractice and related matters. No matter the claim or the context, Paul immerses himself in the law and facts.

Besides the breadth of his practice, Paul forms deep and trusted relationships with his clients by putting himself in their shoes. Clients quoted in Legal 500 US 2022 note “‘Paul is a very experienced litigator, with an excellent track record and a key focus on understanding and delivering on client expectations. He is easy to work with, always prepared, has a great sense of humor, and is very responsive.”

He gets genuinely upset about meritless actions brought against his clients. Paul has tremendous empathy for the time, resources, and emotion clients invest in a lawsuit; when they call, he picks up the phone immediately or calls them right away to answer questions and keep them apprised. It’s because Paul always has clients’ goals in mind and best interests at heart that he often forges close friendships with them. Client satisfaction means everything to him. 


It angers me when clients are sued and don’t deserve it. I admit it—I get pretty fired up about defending them.
    • Wayne State University, J.D., cum laude
    • Michigan State University, B.A.
  • Bar Admissions

    • Michigan, 1997
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation, 2019-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
    • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation, General Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts:Defense and Land Use/Zoning, 2012-Present
    • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Automotive Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action, 2022

    • Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine, 2012
    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Oakland County Bar Association

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