5.0 stars 53 totalReview Matthew Knauss
Posted by a client
Matt Knauss was the best attorney that I have ever worked with. Matt was able to get the best possible outcome for me on a case that was very complicated with and possessed multiple variables. I was in an extremely uncompromising position that at times looked hopeless and the possibility of incarceration was high.
You will hear the word ‘Railroaded’ frequently used to describe a bad outcome in a case – an outcome worse than may have been warranted. To my understanding, this usually happens when there is a lack of quality representation or an absence of representation all together. The one guarantee I can make is that Matt will not allow his clients to be railroaded.
Matt is the consummate criminal defense attorney. There was never a court appearance that he was not 100 percent prepared. He exudes confidence because he is level headed, soft-spoken and composed. Never once did I see him get rattled which, to me, is a testament to his legal acumen and preparation. Upon retaining him, I was told not to be fooled by his ‘unassuming demeanor because he is a pit bull in court’. After working with him I can attest that to this description. Matt is the first and only attorney I have ever retained that actually approached a case like I had always envisioned an attorney would approach a case. To a layman like me, it just seemed like he actually practiced law. His approach was more than using his standing relationships with the prosecution to get the best plea. That type of situation always troubled me because I felt at the mercy of being part of larger, ongoing negotiation between the attorney and the prosecution. As bad as my situation was and as stressed as I was at times, our conversations were always about strategy and not reiteration of the severity of the case and how bad it looked. There was never a time when he was inpatient or short with me. His preparation and attention to detail makes him seem prophetic. Every time we entered court he would articulate two or three potential scenarios and how he planned to address each. He just knew what was coming and made everyone else in the court seem very predictable. To Matt they were predictable.
Matt is not afraid to press in the courtroom and always seemed to deliver a very prepared and effective argument. He does not give in and even though he likely knows the ultimate outcome, he doesn’t assume anything and approaches every hearing and argument with the expectation of winning. Based on what I saw, any opposing attorney or prosecutor better be prepared to the fullest extent because if they are not, Matt will bury them. Half-baked accusation or arguments do not work against him. Witness better have their story straight before being cross-examined by Matt because he will exploit any lies and discredit the testimony. I’ve seen him make what appeared to be the simplest motion or hearing very difficult for the prosecution because some detail of the law was not present or correct. If he believes there is good cause to continue to argue a point, he will continue to argue no matter how uncomfortable it may seem to him or the court. The little success the prosecution had in my case did not come easy because Matt made them earn everything.
The primary charge in my case was dismissed at the arraignment hearing because Matt was able to prove there was no probable cause. Another part of my case required a plea deal and his success in getting me the best possible outcome is a direct result of his relentless approach to the case. I believe the prosecution was forced to consider the amount of work and preparation that would be required to achieve any success or conviction if the case returned to a courtroom. Matt just seems smarter than everyone else in the court.
Posted by a client
If you are ever charged with DUI, Matt Knauss is your man without a doubt. I was charged last year and had to spend the entire weekend in jail because the police dept had a false report of prior DUIs. Mr. Knauss had the squahed, was able to have the DOL drop my charge (nearly impossible) and we took my case to trial with a jury for 2 days and won with a unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict. Mr. Knauss was extremely professional throughout the entire experience, worked diligently during my entire case, was always in communication with me, and very friendly and easy to work with. His cross examination of the officer in my case was superb and he embarrassed the prosecutor with his wealth of knowledge and attention to detail.
Matt is a very likable guy and is worth every penny to defend you if you are accused of DUI. The amount of awards and accolades he has in his office is very impressive. He also has many contacts for other attorneys in many fields.
Matt Knauss is your guy!
Posted by Lucas
Matthew has worked with me over my case and has been hands on, and responsive the entire time. He helped me in every way possible, and his knowledge, and resources are far above the standard compared to other attorney's that I interviewed. He was very professional and helped me through the whole process far above what I'd expect of any attorney. I trusted his judgment throughout the processes of the courts and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Matthew comes HIGHLY recommended, as I was also introduced to him as a referral from one of his other clients and I haven't regretted being his client for one second.
Posted by a client
About 10 mos. ago I was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Bellevue and found myself in a situation I'd never been in before and had no clue where to start, but I knew I needed help fast! I made appts. with three different lawyers, and after interviewing Matt, I had no doubt in my mind he was who I wanted to hire for the job. From that day forward I've had zero regrets! From the beginning, he informed me of the entire process and what the possible outcomes might be - I love that he didn't sugar coat anything & was totally honest that my case could go either way, but he would be there to guide me through the complicated DUI process and do his best to make things go in my favor.
It was long & stressful road, but Matt was always there to put me at ease & reduce my stress level, he kept me informed every step of the way, he was always available to answer my questions & bring clarity to things I didn't understand. I was always amazed, knowing how busy he was, that he made me feel like I was his only client - that's how dedicated & caring he is!
Matt's court performance and final defense was stellar and I trusted him 100% even though I still wasn't sure what the outcome would be that day...my case may not have turned out entirely as I wanted it to, but in the end I was content knowing I had paid for peace of mind through a complicated, stressful experience & there was no one else I'd rather have by side than Matt. If you or a friend find yourself in a similar situation, I would HIGHLY recommend you contact Matt.
Thanks, Matt - you rock!
Posted by a client
Matt Knauss has been a great help to me. He has been professional and never made me feel like I'm a bad person for getting a DUI. He kept me informed every step of the way. Even when a clerical court error was not in my favor, he was quick to discover it and get me back in court to correct their mistake. I will never drive drunk again, but if one of my friends get a DUI I would definitely recommend Matt Knauss.
Posted by Bob
We hired Matt Knauss to represent my 17 year old son in traffic court for a traffic infraction. A second ticket would have meant a suspension of license and insurance rate hike through the roof. Matt handled our case with a very high level of professionalism. He communicated very clearly his fee structure up front. He was diligent in exploring various options previously unknown to me that we could use toward the resolve of the case and communicated with us openly on all steps through the process. He never "oversold" his services by stating we would win, which I certainly appreciated. But, in fact, the result was very positive. I would most certainly use Matt again should the need arise and highly recommend him to others.
Posted by a client
I would highly recommend matt. From the beginning he was good at asking my priorities, explaining options and told me the likely outcomes so we could work together to come up with strategies that made the most sense for me. Matt was also very patient with my thousand questions and could connect me with other outside contacts when my questions were strange enough. I'm very pleased with how Matt handled my case.
Posted by Jim from St. Louis
In April of 2014 I made a very serious error in judgement and personal behavior. I was visiting Seattle on business. My local sales agents and I had an extremely successfull series of sales calls and went out that evening to celebrate. Needless to say I drank entirely too much and made the disastrous decision to get behind the wheel to drive back to my hotel. I was pulled over for going thru a stop light and was submitted to a road sobriety examination that resulted in a breath analysis test at the local Police Station. The results were not in my favor. I failed miserably. Being from St. Louis, I knew no one in the legal profession to represent me. One of my Agents recommended Matt to me and I was given an appointment the next day. Matt listened to my story and impressed me from the very start that he knew the ins and outs of DUI Law and genuinely cared for me personally and would be an outstanding advocate in achieving the best outcome for me. Over the course of the next few months, Matt reviewed all the test results, radio calls and taped recordings of the roadside field sobriety test administered. He found, as he termed it, "flaws in the process and procedure". He took his findings and concerns to the Prosecuting Attorney and after several negotiations was able to get the charge reduced to Reckless Driving. I was spared potentally more excessive court fines, two days in jail and more serious driving limitations. I was truly fortunate to have found Matt and placed my faith and trust in his hands. If you ever find yourself facing a serious issue like mine, I recommend you also place your faith with Matt.
Posted by Vita
We won my Trial! Thank you Matt Knauss, so much for helping me during one of the hardest points in my life!! I was referred to Matthew Knauss by a close family member. His service was outstanding.. A wonderful person, easy to communicate with, was very clear with direction, engaging in necessary steps to move forward. Excellent organization, open communications and was willing to do the research for the case. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and a great win! I will continue to refer you!! Cheers!
Posted by Mark
Matt was referred to my family by another attorney who spoke very highly of him and said "he is a true professional who cares". Matt was right on top of our situation and made us feel at ease with his quick response and communication. In my business I deal with attorneys on many occasion and Matt's response and follow up was by far superior to his peers. He quickly took care of our family matter to make sure we were protected and left us with the knowledge that he is ready if needed. I would defiantly hire him again.