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I have been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years.  After almost 8 years as an Assistant District Attorney, I opened my private practice in 1987.  Since that time, I have been representing persons accused of crimes from traffic offenses to capital murder as well as those who have been injured by the negligence of others.  I have been a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law since 1996.  I have had a Martindale Hubbard AV rating for more than 10 years.  I have been recognized as one of North Carlonia's Top Lawyers by Charlotte Magazine's  Super Lawyers Edition since 2008.

My firm is a small firm delivering large firm quality with personal attention to the needs of the injured and the accused.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 10%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Terence E. McEnally III

    I have had the distinct pleasure to know Karl for the past twenty one years and can say unequivocally, he is the very finest criminal defense attorney I have known. That description, unfortunately, falls very short of accurately describing this man, who is so very much more than his profession. I am proud to know him. I am proud to say he is the standard by which I judge others.


    Terence McEnally Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dewey Powell Brinkley

    Karl has so many years of experience in the criminal realm that he has become a true resource for me when I have questions. And he always seems to know the answer.


    Dewey Brinkley Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

The Law Offices of Karl E. Knudsen

Five West Hargett Street
Suite 1100
Raleigh, NC, 27602


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerCharlotte Magazine2011
Ebbie AwardNorth Carolina Advocates for Justice2010
Super lawyerCharlotte Magazine2010
Super LawyerCharlotte Magazine2009
Super LawyerCharlotte Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ProprietorLaw Offices of Karl E Knudsen1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
North Carolina State BarMemberN/A
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The True BillDNA Fingerprinting: Part Two, The Making and the Meaning of a Match1991
The True BillDNA Fingerprinting: Prosecutors Dream Come True - Nightmare for the Defense1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
North Carolina State UniversityPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender's 2011 CLEBlood Analysis/Retrograde extrapolation2011