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2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 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

Life Fellow-Michigan State Bar Foundation​. Selected as one of less than five percent of Michigan lawyers recognized for demonstrating outstanding legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, State and Nation.



"I worked with Jeff back when he was part of a large law firm. Today, I receive his years of experience and services at a fraction of the price. His ability to construct global business contracts especially in China has been a plus to our small company. Jeff’s practical approach and counseling has been quite helpful in establishing contractual agreements with partners and clients around the world."-Vice President of Automotive Supplier with operations in China

"Jeff is a very personable attorney with high integrity who does excellent work and does it with a concern for his clients’ bottom line. He has always been a get it done person, no matter what it takes. I highly recommend Jeff." – Director of Loss Control and Safety of Fortune 500 Company.

"I am an automotive manufacturer’s representative with unique business practices and situations which are encountered by automotive manufacturer’s representatives. I was introduced to Mr. Paulsen by a good and trusted friend. From our initial meeting Mr. Paulsen understood my unique situation quickly, identified the root cause of the concern; developed indisputable evidence needed in negotiations or eventually court; outlined a good, sound, and reasonable strategy we needed to employ. We followed the game plan through to completion and our outcome was successful. Mr. Paulsen’s goal was to settle the dispute quickly and reasonably in order to get the maximum benefit for his client and the minimum cost.

Mr. Paulsen was Professional, Extremely knowledgeable, Highly ethical, Demonstrated a high level of integrity, Quick to respond, Effective negotiator and Charges reasonable rates. I would highly recommend Mr. Paulsen's legal services"-Owner, Michigan company

"Jeff is a person of unimpeachable integrity. He is a fine lawyer, and more than that, is dedicated to the law not just as a way to earn a living, but as a principle to live by. An excellent family man (if a mediocre golfer), Jeff is a person with whom you can do business and be confident that you will always be treated with respect, dignity and honesty" -Director, State Bar of Michigan

"Jeff and I worked closely for over eight years on both domestic and international matters. Although when we met Jeff did not have significant experience in the Human Resources arena, he picked up things very quickly to where I valued his insight and input over the legally focused HR attorneys I had dealt with in the past. This was because Jeff looked at things from both a legal and business standpoint. He had the ability to keep both areas in perspective as we faced potential legal situations. Although I have moved on to a new endeavor, I keep in contact with Jeff in order to continue to pick his brain from the legal and business perspective. He maintains a high level of integrity and trust, common sense, humor, and tenacity" -Vice President-Human Resources of a Multinational Company

"Jeff and I worked closely together for a Fortune 500 company with a global leadership position in its own industry. Jeff was instrumental in the successful completion of the establishment of a relatively complex manufacturing and sales Joint-Venture entity with a large provincial government company in China, the structure of which also included a Technology Licensing Agreement and a Trademark Licensing Agreement. Jeff contributed substantially in the negotiation and set-up phases. The Joint-Venture entity was later on awarded as one of the best performing FIE JV's in Guangdong Province. This award is a true reflection of Jeff's professionalism, his pertinence to details, and his solid knowledge of structuring a FIE business in China. In addition, Jeff also helped orchestrate the successful signing of the then largest Strategic Global Alliance Partnership within the industry between our company and our largest global competitor in China. The Partnership was a global strategic supply-chain agreement that maximized the potential synergy between two of the largest companies within the industry. Throughout the 6 years that I worked with Jeff in China and Asia, I found him a man with a strong sense of responsibility, a quick learner with the ability to grasp and digest new and exotic information quickly, a person who stands firmly by his principles and at the same time a very personable individual with good business acumen and people skill. I enjoyed working with Jeff and have no reservation in recommending him to others." -Managing Director - China, and Strategic Global Sourcing Director - Asia, of a Fortune 500 company and a global leading company within its industry.

"Jeff has been working with our company as our outside General Counsel for over five years. In that time he has provided valuable business advice and legal expertise that has helped us to grow our business. Jeff has high integrity, understands how to help a business grow, and is a true legal expert." -Owner and President of Detroit area based automotive information company

"Jeff and I worked closely together in developing sales and service agreements to expand our domestic and international distribution network. Jeff brings an unique skill set to the table with his international expertise, contract knowledge, and business sense in order to bring balance to the business and legal aspects of making a decision. He is an excellent choice for any executive seeking legal advice." – Vice President of Sales and Service, a global Fortune 500 company​ 

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