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Paul J Knudsen

Estate planning Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
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About Paul

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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 pracitices family law and estate planning. 

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Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
520 2nd Ave. South
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701
Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
2504 W Crest Ave
Tampa, FL, 33614
Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
5703 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL, 34652
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Posted by Christina | March 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Reliable, Supportive and Professional
I can't begin to thank and recommend Paul enough. Going through family court is one of the hardest processes a family can go through, especially when it is a high-conflict case like mine was. As stressful and anxiety-ridden as it was, one thing I knew I could count on was Paul. He is not only caring and relatable as a person but his professionalism and matter-of-fact attitude were outstanding. He stuck to the facts and the truth while sticking up for what I knew to be the best interest of my child. Paul was easy to get in touch with and always on-time. Paperwork for the courts is always daunting but Paul did a great job making sure everything was put together in a professional manner leaving me with as little work as possible during such a stressful time. It is hard to always think strategically in the legal realm when emotions are high and the case is so personal to you. While being empathetic to what I was going through, Paul did a great job helping to make sure I was making decisions based on facts and not emotion. Also, finding trust in an attorney is not always easy to do but it was easy to trust Paul with my fragile case and I am glad I did. If you need an attorney to challenge opposing counsel, to stick up for what is right and fair then Paul Knudsen is for you. He worked with me every step of the way and I can't imagine hiring anyone else to get the job done so effectively. If you are going to hire an attorney, hire Paul. In the long run or at least temporarily, the outcome of my case could not have turned out better for the time being. Thank you, Paul.
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Posted by Heather | July 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond happy, a fantastic attorney who goes the extra mile!
Paul guided us through an unfortunate journey which had to involve the family court system. Although there is still more to conquer his patience, expertise, and calming nature settled us all along the way. Our family truly appreciates and thanks him immensely. Gratitude beyond words, Heather & Family
Posted by Seth | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Experience
From the initial consultation to the successful conclusion of my case Paul was there to lead me in the right direction. Resulting in a 50/ 50 time sharing custody agreement. No alimony or child support as well as a favorable and fair monetary settlement. Paul never went more then 24 hrs getting back to me and usually replied the same day if not within the hour. His office staff at his firm were of great help as well. Most importantly he is honest and knows his specialty. Everything he told me would happen actually happened. He made an uncertain situation palatable as the process unfolded in a timely manner. I will be referring everyone I know in need of his services to him. Paul truly cared about me and my family and it showed in his dedication and strong work ethic.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Uncomplicated Divorce
When I met Paul and told him my situation, he was right on the mark. Paul was very patient with me while I was retaining monies needed and with my personal issues I was going through. He always was one click away for me to contact him. He has a very calming presence when you are in court with him because I was very nervous. He coached me and I executed what I need to convey to the judge. The process was painless and quick. Thank you Paul with your excellent knowledge, understanding and patient. You were blessing when I felt I was drowning. You are inspiration! Use it to pay forward. All the best, Carla
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Posted by Kris Parker | April 3, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Straight Shooter
Mr. Knudsen is a fantastic family attorney who will fight for you. Not only is a assertive and knowledgeable, but he is very honest and will always tell you what to expect throughout the difficult process of family legal matters.
Posted by Maricia Sampson | July 17, 2015
My testimonial to a great and caring man, Paul J. Knudsen !!!!
I was a misunderstood mother in fear of my life. I feared and dreaded dealing with my legal situation in court because my safety was in danger. Strangely enough, I initially did not receive the protection and remedy I so desperately needed from our legal system. Upon retaining the legal services of Paul J. Knudsen, Esq., the difficult situation I had been dealing with took a sharp turn. He went beyond the call of duty and proved through his work with my case that he always puts his clients first. He worked diligently, insuring he had every ounce of evidence needed to demonstrate my case. Because of his work ethics and passion to right a wrong, my life is now back to normal. He is not your average attorney, he is extraordinary. His fees are more than reasonable. Through my experience, he works for the pure passion of helping others, and he won't rest until the job is done to his satisfaction.
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Posted by Linda | July 30, 2014
highly recommendable attorney
I would recommend this attorney to everybody. Highly satisfied with the service provided, step by step information and updates. Every question was answered immediately. Very reliable and professional.
Posted by Steve | July 29, 2014
I recommend Paul Knudsen, Esq.
Mr. Knudsen is very well versed in family and marital law. He handled and produced my documentation in an exemplary manner!
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2014
Extremely Competent DUI Attorney
Mr. Knudsen was very thorough and kept me informed of the status of my case the entire time. He managed to arrange an excellent plea, even though I did not leave him much to work with. Definitely recommended.
Posted by William | May 20, 2014
Efficient, caring, and respectful
Attorney Paul Knudsen, Handled my case with the utmost care, respect, and professionalism. I would Highly recommend Attorney Paul J Knudsen to anyone seeking legal services.
Posted by Les | April 3, 2014
Outstanding and a true professional!
Paul, Walked me through every step of the process of how things would evolve. He consistently kept in contact with me and did exactly what he proposed he could do! I'm very satisfied with the out come of my litigation's and will highly recommend Him !
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2014
Great Attorney - Prompt, Caring, and Knowledgable
Paul was up front about the realities I faced and always quick to return calls. He understood my needs and did everything he could to accommodate me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Denmon Pearlman
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Attorneys Group of Tampa Bay
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • 6th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. S.H.
  • Reduction
  • State v. L.C.
  • Criminal charge dismissed
  • State v. J.A.
  • Motion to Withdraw Plea Granted
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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • 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
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • 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
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Partners in Network
  • Dealing with a DUI
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (28)
Endorse Paul
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats his clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism. He is an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend him for future services."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this attorney. Paul is a great lawyer and a wealth of information. His expertise was invaluable during an injunction case we worked together. I would absolutely recommend Paul to friends and family in need of Family Law Counsel."
Alimony Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Knudsen is an exceptional attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Knudsen and I recently had a difficult contested divorce matter together. He came late to the case, but he quickly got up to speed on the facts and issues. We were able to negotiate an agreement that was acceptable to our clients. Mr. Knudsen was professional and responsive throughout."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a dedicated Family Law practitioner. He has immersed himself in the local rules of court and deeply understands complex issues like alimony and child support. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a true professional. Always prepared. Always ready to battle for his client. We have worked on several matters over the years and he is constantly impressive. Paul has earned my trust and respect, and I give him my highest recommendation."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his knowledge, experience and contributions to the Avvo community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Paul and against Paul. Paul is adept at maneuvering in and out of the courtroom, and never seems to get rattled, always keeping a steady presence. Outside of the courtroom, Paul has a keen ability to negotiate the most favorable resolutions for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Knudsen is knowledgeable in his field and responsive to clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul provides a valuable service on Avvo. He gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Knudsen will work hard for his clients. He's very professional and I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney and smart advice... definitely deserves more endorsements!"
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