Paul Zavala is a member of the General Motors Legal Staff headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. He practices environmental and energy law. Paul represents General Motors before state and federal environmental agencies and in major toxic tort class action lawsuits. Prior to his current assignment, Paul was Group Counsel to GM’s Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Divisions. As Group Counsel, he was responsible for all environmental legal matters impacting those divisions. Paul was also the first environmental counsel to GM’s Saturn Corporation and assisted in securing all environmental permitting for the new Saturn Complex in Springhill, Tennessee. In 1992, Paul moved to El Paso, Texas to become the executive-in-charge of GM’s El Paso Office. During that time, he worked primarily on matters related to the North American Free Trade Agreement. His work resulted in General Motors and the Government of Mexico executing the first national environmental audit program in Mexico. After his assignment in El Paso, Paul became a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group and was litigation counsel to General Motors Worldwide Purchasing representing General Motors in supplier and construction disputes.
Paul is very active in a number of civic and business associations and serves on various corporate advisory boards. He is a volunteer teacher in the Detroit Public School System’s Street Law Program and is a founding member of the Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship at the University of Michigan Law School. He serves on the advisory board of New Futuro whose mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates. In 2008, Paul was awarded the prestigious “Lucero Award” from Latino Justice/PRLDEF. This award is granted to a “guiding star” in the legal community who exemplifies PRLDEF’s mission to help Latinos achieve their dreams. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.