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Paul Knudsen was born in New Port Richey, Florida and resided there until eight years old.  He then moved to Orlando where he attended Dr. Phillips High School.  At 18, he went to The Florida State University on an academic scholarship.  While at FSU, Paul received numerous Dean’s List Honors and is still an avid Florida State football fan.

After his graduation from Florida State, Paul moved to Jacksonville and began attending Florida Coastal School of Law.  In the Spring of his first year, Paul was invited to join the Moot Court Honor Board for his appellate advocacy skills.  The team was ranked in the top-10 Nationally during the time Paul was on the team.  In the Fall of his third year Paul was selected to manage the team representing the school at the Moot Court National Championship held in Houston, Texas.  Paul also received Dean’s List Honors multiple times while in law school, and finished in the top 14% of his class.

Paul began his semi-pro legal career while still at Florida State as a summer file clerk at the Law Offices of L. Bruce Swiren in Orlando, Florida.  While there, Paul sat in on numerous real estate closings as well as the creations of wills and trusts.  In law school, Paul worked for Jacksonville Area Legal Aide (JALA) and provided assistance to individuals who were seeking a divorce, but unable to afford it. After his time at JALA, Paul was a judicial extern for the Honorable Elizabeth Senterfitt, a Circuit Court Judge, Criminal Division, in Duval County.  While an extern, Paul drafted numerous orders and memorandums on behalf of the Judge and spent countless hours in the courtroom learning what it takes to be a litigator.  Following the conclusion of his externship, Paul worked at the Law Offices of Fred Tromberg in Jacksonville, Florida as a summer associate.  During his time as a summer associate, Paul drafted pleadings, demands for discovery, answers to discovery, observed depositions, and received invaluable first-hand knowledge on the ins and outs of personal injury and foreclosure defense.  In the final semester of law school, Paul externed at the State Attorney’s Office in St. Augustine, Florida where he learned what it meant to be a prosecutor.

Paul was hired as an Assistant State Attorney in and for Pasco and Pinellas Counties straight out of law school.  Paul worked as a prosecutor there for just over two years, spending hundreds of hours in the courtroom, trying over 25 jury and trials, ranging from 1st degree felonies to DUIs.  Paul wrote several appellate briefs, both as the Appellant and Appellee.

After his time at the State Attorney’s Office, Paul decided to join his former colleague from the State Attorney’s Office, Christopher Dyer, and start their practice representing the people of West-Central Florida. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Francisco Eduardo Serrano II

    Mr. Knudsen will work hard for his clients. He's very professional and I would highly recommend him.


    Francisco Serrano DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Ronald Dean Payne II

    Mr. Knudsen is an outstanding and knowledgeable advocate for his clients, and one I would trust with handling my own matters if needed. An outstanding person and better attorney!


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Contact info

Attorneys Group of Tampa Bay

3030 Starkey Blvd.
Suite 185
Tampa, FL, 34655


FLMember in Good Standing201109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2014
Top ContributorAvvo.com2014
Dean's ListFlorida Coastal School of Law2009
Moot Court Honor BoardFlorida Coastal School of Law2009
Dean's ListFlorida Coastal School of Law2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant State Attorney6th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office2011 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Pasco Bar AssocationN/A2015 - Present
Better Business BureauN/A2014 - 2015
Tampa Bay American Inn of CourtAssociate2014 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
KiwanisDirector2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. S.M.DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
State v. L.B.Nolle Prosse (Dropped)
State v. J.A.Motion to Withdraw Plea Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dyer Knudsen Law BlogHow Much Will My Tampa DUI Cost?2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Florida State University College of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2008