Paula Opalewski became an attorney because she believes that skilled, caring attorneys can make a difference not only in the lives of individual clients, but also in society. She truly enjoys her work, and finds nothing more engaging than the practice of law.
Paula is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, fully licensed to practice law in the state. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She earned her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, where she attended with scholarships, appeared on the Dean’s List, and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. While attending law school, Paula clerked for a prominent eminent domain defense firm in Metro-Detroit. She focused her law school studies on zoning, land use, and eminent domain, and had a special interest in the impact of environmental regulations on the rights of business owners.
Paula has significant litigation experience, including court appearances in circuit and district courts in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb. She is also a talented writer and researcher, who has earned a reputation for being able to find “a needle in a haystack.”
Prior to joining Grover Lewis Johnson, Paula worked as an attorney at a civil litigation firm in Bloomfield Hills. Her practice focused on real property litigation and business litigation, but she also handled matters in a variety of other areas, including business licensing, contracts, zoning, easements, attorney malpractice, intellectual property, landlord-tenant, construction law, employment law, creditor’s rights, foreclosures, collections, traffic offenses, and appeals.
Paula considers herself fortunate to be a resident of the Great Lakes State, because her passion for law is matched only by her love of fishing. After leaving the office on warm summer evenings, she can often be found quietly casting into the water from the bank of a local lake or stream. She also enjoys playing chess, when she can find a willing opponent.