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Jeffrey​ F. Paulsen​ has over thirty years of ex​​​​​​​​​perience as a global business lawyer and legal executive and he has provided creative solu​​​tions for most legal issues that business owners and personnel have enco​untered​.  The Paulsen Law Firm, founded in 2008, serves individuals and business clients in all business law matters. Mr. Paulsen served as Vice President and General Counsel of a global operating division of Brunswick Corporation, a world renowned Fortune 500 manufacturer and distributor for 10 years.  Before that he served as Corporate Counsel for Allied Domecq PLLC (The Hiram Walker Group), a FTSE 100 company.  Mr. Paulsen has also served as a business services partner of Dykema Gossett PLLC, a large AMLAW 200 national law firm. Using these unique business and legal experiences, Mr. Paulsen now provides his vast amount of​​ knowledge about business operations, the legal profession and legal services to mid-market businesses and individuals who are looking for local or global legal solutions. Working with other similarly minded legal service providers who offer superior client focused solutions and improved and cost effective billing options to resolve their business and legal issues, ​Mr. Paulsen provides clients a preferred alternative to the traditional high cost business and international law firm model. As a result of his years of experience and well earned reputation, Mr. Paulsen is often asked to be speak and write about legal issues and creative business solutions, and to share his perspectives and opinions on business, legal industry issues, how the legal industry is changing, and about alternative and improved methods for clients to obtain high quality cost effective solutions for their business and legal issues.



Honors & Awards

2016 Business/Corporate Super Lawyer

2014  DBusiness Top Lawyer-International Trade. Selected by Peers as one of only five lawyers recognized as 2014 Top Lawyer in International Trade in Southeast Michigan

Jeff’s philosophy in his own words:​​​

"We make a commitment to putting our clients’ interests first.  Being a former General Counsel and client of many traditional law firms, I understand how you want to be treated as a client.  Not only do you want high quality legal counseling and services, but you want to know that your lawyer will provide you with legal solutions and not just legal complications.  We look for and we find creative solutions to your legal issues.

We keep our overhead costs very low so that we can also make a commitment to keeping our clients’ costs as low as possible. The cost savings we create are passed along to our clients.  With our progressive operating model, we are able to offer clients a variety of billing options suited to best meet their individual needs.  We are committed to offering superior legal services for business clients with a focus on client results. Please review a few of the testimonials we have received from satisfied clients"​ 


Business Experience


     Global U.S. Fortune 500 company-Divisional Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

     ​Global U.K. FTSE 100 company- Corporate and Compliance Counsel

     Start-up company​-Founder and Owner of Consulting Company​

    ​ Start-up company​-Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Networking and Resources Company


Business and Corporate Law Experience


    • ​Contracts-virtually every type of business transaction that companies encounter, including manufacturing, supplier, distributor, and operations agreements
    • Corporate Governance​-organization and advice on corporations-articles, by-laws, shareholder agreements; organization and advice on limited liability companies-articles, operating agreements and other operational required agreements
    • Employment and Labor-agreements, negotiation, issues, policies; lay-offs, terminations
    • ​Ethics Compliance Issues-creation of policies; investigation​ and handling of ethics issues
    • ​Licensing Transactions-drafting and negotiation of dozens of license agreements for patents, trademarks, and proprietary information
    • ​Litigation and Pre-Litigation Resolutions-management and negotiation of dozens of insured and non-insured litigation matters
    • ​Mergers and Acquisitions-drafting and negotiation of over two dozen transactions ranging from under one million dollars to several  hundred millions of dollars
    • Real Estate Transactions-drafting and negotiation of dozens of transactions related to purchasing, selling, and leasing commercial real estate properties
    • Trademark Issues-advice, filings and management of portfolios consisting of hundreds of   intellectual property matters

International Business Law Experience​


    • ​China Law-joint ventures, distributor agreements, supplier agreements and business operation agreements; establishment of WFOE’s and China based operations; resolution of disputes with Chinese companies
    • Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea and Mexico-drafting and negotiation of joint ventures, distributor, supplier, sales representation and various other business agreements 
    • International Contracts and Transactions-drafting and negotiation of distributor, supplier, sales representation and various other business agreements in countries located in Asia, Europe, Latin and South America

Education

  • - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) - Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • - Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • - Executive Leadership/Management Courses - Northwestern University, University of Arizona, and University of Virginia

Admitted to Practice

  • - Michigan 1984
  • - Illinois 1997​