Paula A. Opalewski Associate




Paula Opalewski is a civil litigation attorney representing leading insurance carriers on various matters involving premises liability, general liability and Michigan No-Fault. Her practice focuses on all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, motion practice and trial. 

Paula has extensive litigation experience, including innumerable court appearances in a variety of courts. She ably handles depositions, case evaluation hearings and legal research, including novel issues. She is known for her ability to find that “needle in a haystack.” Paula is a talented writer with extensive drafting experience, including motions, briefs, summaries, and real property and business documents. 

Before joining Wilson Elser, Paula worked at a well-known insurance defense firm and at a civil litigation firm. Her practice focused on real property matters, business litigation and corporate transactions. She also handled a wide variety of matters including business licensing, intellectual property, land use, creditors’ rights, attorney malpractice, employment litigation, construction litigation, traffic infractions, foreclosures and appeals. 

During law school, Paula served as a law clerk at a prominent eminent domain defense firm that represented business and individual property owners.

Areas of Focus

Defense Litigation
Paula enjoys a solid reputation in the legal community for her attention to detail and strong work ethic demonstrated through her extensive courtroom experience. She appears regularly for motion hearings, pre-trial hearings, settlement conferences and more in circuit and district courts throughout the area. 

Real Property
Paula handles real property matters as applied to individual and business litigation and transactions in a way that benefits her clients. In light of the real estate industry’s continued integration with the capital markets and its increased vulnerability to litigation, she frequently works cross-practice with counterparts in Wilson Elser’s Bankruptcy, Litigation, Business & Financial Transactions, Municipal/Local Government and Environmental practices.