Welcome to the official website of Jefferson County New York

County Attorney

David J. Paulsen
175 Arsenal Street
Watertown, New York 13601

Phone: (315)785-3088
Fax: (315)785-5178
Fax Not Authorized For Service

Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Monday through Friday or by Appointment
8:30 am to 4:00 pm - July and August or by Appointment

The Office of the County Attorney is organized to provide legal services to the Jefferson County Board of Legislators, the County Administrator, and the various departments, boards and commissions of County government. Those services include:

  • general counsel / municipal law
  • contract review and preparation
  • labor relations
  • legislation
  • fulfillment of statutory mandates in Family Court
  • Juvenile Delinquency / Persons in Need of Supervision practice
  • defense or presentation of civil litigation on behalf of the County and its officials.
  • taxation and finance
  • real property tax foreclosure & delinquent tax installment agreements
  • real property and land use issues

About the Lawyers of the Jefferson County Attorney's Office

David J. Paulsen, County Attorney and Tax Enforcement Officer
BA 1986, University of Rochester; JD 1989 Albany Law School of Union University. Admitted to practice in New York and US District Court, NDNY, WDNY and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Primary issue areas: Real Property Tax Enforcement; Municipal Law, Litigation, and Contract Law.

John L. Sabik, Deputy County Attorney
BS 1986, State University of New York, College at Brockport; JD 1991 Syracuse University College of Law; Admitted to practice in New York and US District Court, NDNY. Primary issue areas: Litigation Defense, Municipal Law and Family Law.

Polly S. Eseltine, Senior Assistant County Attorney
BA cum laude 1983, Eisenhower College of RIT, JD 1988 Syracuse University College of Law; admitted to practice in New York. Primary issue areas: Paternity and Child Support and prosecution of Juvenile Delinquents.

Terence M. Brennen, Senior Assistant County Attorney
BS magna cum laude 1999, University of Baltimore; JD 2003 University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Admitted to practice in New York and US District Court, NDNY. Primary issue areas: Paternity and Child support; prosecuting Juvenile Delinquents.

Joseph P. Hughson, Assistant County Attorney
BA 2001, Canisius College; JD 2007 University of Toledo College of Law; admitted to practice law in New York State. Primary Issue Areas: Child Support Enforcement and Paternity.

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