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Matt Knauss focuses his practice on defending those accused of driving under the influence and other serious criminal charges


Repeatedly selected as a Superlawyers "Rising Star" he is a passionate advocate who consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients. He is a veteran of countless trials and numerous other traffic and criminal prosecutions, including numerous DUI cases.


Matt interned with the Bothell Prosecutor’s Office, where he was lead counsel in multiple jury and bench trials and then became an Associate Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Lynwood. As a prosecutor, it was his responsibility to prepare for the numerous legal issues and challenges that would be raised by the top DUI lawyers in the community and to respond to them in court. In early 2006 he was hired by the law firm of Moberly & Roberts, which hold the contracts to prosecute for numerous municipalities.  Matt served as the lead Prosecutor for the cities of Kirkland, Medina and Clyde Hill, until he was hired by Cowan Kirk Gaston in 2008.


Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
from the University of Denver in 2001 where he was a recipient of the Provost Scholarship.  Immediately following college, Matt attended the Seattle University School of law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2004. He has attended the National College for DUI Defense program at the Harvard Law School, and he is a member of the College.  He is also a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the King County Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association.




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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Martin W. Judnich

    Mr. Knauss is a very experienced attorney who often contributes to very complicated areas of the law on AVVO.


    Martin Judnich DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Angela Yvonne Griffin

    I have worked with Mr. Knauss on a number of occasions. His dedication to his clients and his level of knowledge was exceptional. I endorse him without reservation.


    Angela Griffin Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Knauss Law Firm

4040 Lake Washington Blvd Northeast
Suite 300
Kirkland, WA, 98033

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

4040 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Suite 300
Kirkland, WA, 98033



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed in Who's Who Top LawyersGlobal Directory of Who's Who2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at lawCowan Kirk Gaston Wolff2008 - Present
Senior Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyMoberly & Roberts, PLLC2006 - 2008
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyZachor & Thomas2005 - 2006
Intern - City Attorney's OfficeCity of Bothell2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
National College of DUI DefenseN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Case UpdateThe DOL and Police Jurisdiction In DUI Emphasis Patrol Cases2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2011
LaPier and AssociatesN/ACertified to administer Field Sobriety Tests.2008
Kirkland Police DepartmentN/ATrained in RADAR/LIDAR operation.2008
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of DenverMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI Strategies For DefenseMaking Sense of IIDs, CDLs, and IILs: What a DUI Conviction Means For Your Client2011
Washington State Criminal Justice InstitutePretrial release conditions in DUI cases.2007