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Stephen E. Selander

Of Counsel




University of Michigan, BA 1965

University of Michigan, MA 1968

University of Michigan, JD 1973

Steve Selander has dedicated most of his professional legal career to the automotive industry, with a particular focus on automotive and product regulation law. He brings to the firm extensive experience in NHTSA and TREAD Act issues, and has regularly counseled OEMs and automotive suppliers on liability, vehicle safety, recall and other related issues.

Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Steve spent nearly 30 years as an attorney with General Motors Corp. In roles of ever-increasing responsibility, he led GM's litigation defense in anti-trust, product liability, finance and insurance cases before shifting his career to private practice.

Steve is a frequent presenter and author on automotive issues. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Michigan. In addition to his work with AIAG, he is active in the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. 


Automotive Industry Action Group, Outstanding Achievement Award, August 2004

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan, Government Law Section and Litigation Section

American Bar Association, Member of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and Tort, Trial Practice Section

Original Equipment Suppliers Association

Automotive Industry Action Group, 2002-2009; 2018

MICHauto—Current investor; founding member and Past President

Engineering Society of Detroit, 2004-2009

Society of Automotive Engineers, 2008-2009

Detroit Economic Club, 2002-present (Reception Committee and Membership Committee)


“TREAD Act Update-2005,” Automotive Industry Action Group AutoTech 2005 Conference, August 30, 2005

“Motor Vehicle Manufacturer Expectations With Respect to Supplier Issues,” Precision Metalforming Association Meeting, September 9, 2003.

“NHTSA’s Final Rule on Confidential Business Information,” Automotive Industry Action Group TREAD Act Town Hall, August 25, 2003

“TREAD Early Warning Presentation to OESA E-Business Committee,” November 19, 2003

“Requirements For Motor Vehicle Equipment Manufacturers Under The Vehicle Safety Act,” Precision Metalforming Association, May 8, 2003

“Status Of Petitions For Reconsideration On The Early Warning Reporting Rulemaking,” AIAG Educational Event, May 15, 2003


“Is Annual Style Change in the Automotive Industry an Unfair Method of Competition? A Rebuttal,” The Yale Law Journal, Volume 82, Number 4, at 691

“TREAD Carefully” (contributor), Tire Technology International, June/July 2005

“Supplier Recall Liability for Vehicle or Motor Vehicle Equipment Recalls,” Summer 2003

“Recall Responsibilities For Manufacturers Supplying Fasteners to the Automotive Industry,” Fastener Technology International, October 2002, pg. 121