Michel A. Paulhus


Toms River, NJ






Mike Paulhus is a certified criminal trial attorney who comes to the firm after a distinguished 25 year career as an Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor. Mike finished his career as an Executive Assistant Prosecutor, ranking third in command, after serving as a trial team member, a trial team leader, and Chief Trial Attorney.

Mike is a founding member of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Arson Task Force. He has lectured on criminal investigations and prosecutions for both New Jersey and federal law enforcement agencies. Mike has successfully prosecuted many different types of criminal cases at trial, including capital murder, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault, arson, official misconduct, firearms offenses, burglary, fraud, theft, and narcotics offenses.

Mike supervised the trial section of the Prosecutor's Office, where he trained and mentored other assistant prosecutors.

Mike has also supervised most of the units within the Prosecutor's office, including the Arson Unit, the Vehicular Homicide Unit, the Major Crimes Homicide Unit, the Special Operations (Narcotics) Unit, the Public Corruption Unit, the Financial Crimes Unit, the Internal Affairs Unit, the Special Prosecutions Unit, the Megan's Law Unit, the Victim Witness Unit and the Juvenile Prosecutions Unit.

Mike was responsible for the investigations into police-involved shootings in Ocean County.

Mike also has experience in special education law.

Mike is a graduate of Rhode Island College and the University of Dayton School of Law.

He has also served as a Little League and youth basketball coach. He enjoys running and has successfully completed three marathons. Mike lives in Stafford Township with his wife and two children.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1990
  • Rhode Island, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1990


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1990
  • Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1987

Honors And Awards

  • Rhode Island State DAR Winner

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court, Legal Counsel to Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Panel, 1990 to 1991


  • French
  • Italian