Nicholas J. Wittner

Nicholas J. Wittner
  • Professor of Law in Residence
  • MSU College of Law
  • JD, Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
  • 426 Auditorium Rd Room 450
  • Administration Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
  • 517.353.1726


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Nicholas Wittner has chaired, served as a keynote speaker, and moderated programs on autonomous vehicles and other advanced automated technologies, most recently at the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on legal issues involving these and related technologies. He has also served as the Faculty Adviser to the Law College’s Symposium on “The Transformation of Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles, Google Cars, and Vehicles Talking to Each Other”.

He is currently serving as chief compliance officer (CCO) for MSU’s new Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance. He is on leave from his position as Professor of Law in Residence with the MSU College of Law. He served for 20 years as an assistant general counsel for the Nissan North America Legal Department. He headed the Legal Department's Product Group, which is responsible for the management of product liability litigation, product-related class actions, safety and environmental regulatory compliance matters, and patent litigation. He also advised engineers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan on safety compliance, as well as product safety and liability prevention. Before his work at Nissan, he was an executive attorney at General Motors for 11 years, where he managed complex nationwide product liability litigation.


  • Product safety and liability prevention
  • Safety and environmental regulatory compliance
  • Member Michigan and California bars
  • Life member of the American Law Institute (ALI)