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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 20%
  5. Mediation: 5%



Hourly ($275/hour)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jacob Thomas Erickson

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Paulson is a man of enormous legal experience. He served as a police officer and County Attorney before moving onto private practice. His years of experience show in his carefully contemplated approach to handling his client’s matters.


    Jacob Erickson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell and Associates, PLC

201 W Seventh Street
PO Box 668
Monticello, MN, 55362


MNAuthorized to practice198508/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tenth Judicial District Pro Bono AwardMinnesota State Bar Association2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Volunteer Attorney Program Pro Bono AwardCentral Minnesota Legal Services1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith, Paulson O'Donnell and Associates2001 - 2013
AssociateGregory V Smith & Assoc.1995 - 2000
Mahnomen County AttorneyMahnomen County Minnesota1989 - 1995
Assistant State's AttorneyStutsman County North Dakota1987 - 1989
Associate AttorneyRichard W. Olson and Associates1985 - 1987
Police OfficerMoorhead Police Department1976 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1996 - Present
Minnesota County Attorneys AssociationMember1989 - 1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Concordia College-MoorheadN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973