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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. After three-years of private practice, Paul joined Denmon Pearlman P.A. in July of 2016. At this time, Paul has been practicing almost exclusively family law for the past four years.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2011||09/12/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Fellow||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2019|
|Top 100||American Academy of Attorneys||2019|
|10 Best Attorneys||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2019|
|Top 100||Association of American Trial Lawyers||2019|
|Litigator of the Year 2019||American Institute of Trial Lawyers||2019|
|Excellence in the Field of Family Law||American Institute of Legal Advocates||2019|
|Silver Client Champion||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|A+||Better Business Bureau||2015|
|Dean's List||Florida Coastal School of Law||2009|
|Moot Court Honor Board||Florida Coastal School of Law||2009|
|Dean's List||Florida Coastal School of Law||2008|
|Associate||Denmon Pearlman||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Attorneys Group of Tampa Bay||2013 - 2016|
|Assistant State Attorney||6th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office||2011 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Equitable Distribution Committee Member||2018 - Present|
|Kiwanis||Member||2013 - Present|
|West Pasco Bar Assocation||Member||2015 - 2015|
|Better Business Bureau||Member||2014 - 2015|
|Tampa Bay American Inn of Court||Associate Member||2014 - 2015|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Attorneys Group of Tampa Bay Blog||Holiday Time Sharing Issues in Florida||2015|
|Dyer Knudsen Law Blog||How Much Will My Tampa DUI Cost?||2014|
|Florida Coastal School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Florida State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Partners in Network||Dealing with a DUI||2015|
|State v. S.H.||Reduction|
|State v. L.C.||Criminal charge dismissed|
|State v. J.A.||Motion to Withdraw Plea Granted|
|State v. L.B.||Nolle Prosse (Dropped)|
|C.B. v. J.F.|
|State v. S.M.||DUI reduced to Reckless Driving|
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