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Robert Raulsten Kurtz

Criminal defense Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Robert R. Kurtz

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Robert Kurtz takes a pro-active approach in defending clients charged with sex offenses, drugs and weapons offenses, and violent crime. Investigation and preparation are the key factors to securing a favorable outcome. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident or has lost a family member or friend in a wrongful death case has the right to fair and just compensation. Contact Mr. Kurtz for a free consultation.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    Robert Kurtz has represented clients in Federal Courts throughout Tennessee. Mr. Kurtz handles white collar cases, gun and complex drug cases, as well as violent crime. Federal Court practice requires a specialized skill set, knowledge and experience.

    24 years, 100 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    DUI and BUI charges in Tennessee carry the possibility of mandatory jail time, fines and license revocation. Robert Kurtz aggressively defends clients charged with DUI and BUI in Tennessee.

    24 years, 500 cases

  4. Personal injury
    Tractor-trailer and other truck accidents require specialized knowledge of the FMCSA and other Federal regulations. Mr. Kurtz represents individuals who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents in State and Federal Court.

    24 years

For the past 13 years, Attorney Robert R. Kurtz has been dedicated to practicing criminal defense in federal and state courts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1995, and his Juris Doctorate degree with honors in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. In 1998, Mr. Kurtz started working in a private practice with several criminal defense lawyers. By 2004, he had realized that he wanted to have more personal contact with his clients, and decided to start his own practice. In 2007, Attorney Kurtz moved his practice to a historic building on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Kurtz is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Knoxville Bar Association, and a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to practicing law, Attorney Kurtz is dedicated to giving back to the Knoxville community. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as an Adjunct Professor in the Innocence/ Wrongful Convictions Clinic at the University of Tennessee, College of Law. Mr. Kurtz is the Criminal Justice Act District Panel Representative for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, where he serves as the liaison between the bar and the federal judiciary. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, and served on the Wesley House Community Center Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008. At Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law, Attorney Kurtz is prepared to represent individuals facing a variety of charges ranging from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. To find out more about how you may be able to retain the representation of Attorney Kurtz, do not hesitate to contact Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law today.   

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Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law
625 Market Street, Ste. 901
Knoxville, TN, 37902

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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional response.
I contacted Mr. Kurtz on a matter that is not appropriate for his practice. He very courteously responded that the matter was outside of his wheelhouse and suggested the appropriate type of attorney. Sometimes it is what a person does not do that impresses, and Mr. Kurtz has definitely impressed in that manner.
Posted by Curt | May 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True professional
Mr. Kurtz in my experience working with has been a true caring professional. Knowledge of todays legal system far surpasses the norm. It was a pleasure working with and being represented by Mr. Kurtz. I would highly recommend his services to anyone needed a superior attorney.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased Client
Mr. Kurtz was very professional and knowledgeable. He followed through with exactly everything he told me he would. `I hope I will not need his services again but I will highly recommend him to anyone that does.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
First and only lawyer I will ever go with now and in the future!
Mr. Kurtz was not only very professional with me during our initial meeting and court date, but he was very friendly with me as well. He answered all questions I had. 10+ stars all across the board. If you want a lawyer who walks the walk and talks the talk, look no further. Robert Kurtz is excellent in my opinion.
Posted by Brad | February 24, 2015
Charged in TN
In 2013 I was involved in an accident and charged with DWI and 7 other charges in a commercial vehicle, had my big rig impounded and thrown in jail. My career was taken from me right in front of my eyes. I was looking at losing my license for 5 years to permanent suspension. Mr. Kurtz was very knowledgeable about my situation and was very informative. I lived 10 hours away and needed someone trustworthy I could count on. He was able to get all my charges dismissed, and is handling getting my rig back. I only had to fly out there 3 times, he didn't draw it out for years either, he prepared his case and was ready to go to battle as soon as the state got the toxicology report back. I had a hard time coming up with money for a top notch attorney but in this profession you get what you pay for. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome or a better attorney, the excitement he showed when he got all charges dropped is something that I will never forget. It has taken some time for me to process this whole situation and write this review. I wanted to make sure I got this right because people's lives are at stake in times like these and I don't want to mislead anyone. He is an attorney that cares... I am VERY pleased and THANKFUL for my decision to hire Robert Kurtz and would hire him again.....
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer
I was charged for shoplifting a few months ago. Not something I'm proud of, and I was scared to death of the consequences that would follow. I saw several great reviews on Mr. Kurtz and decided it wouldn't hurt to call and get a little information. Mr. Kurtz was very knowledgable about the steps we would need to take, and was very reassuring. The way he acted made me feel much more confident. He handled everything throughout the legal process and I ended up with a great outcome to my situation. All I had to do was show up and he took care of the rest. Speaking from experience if it's even a question, hire a lawyer. I wouldn't have had a clue how to proceed through all the steps I had to take without him. I couldn't ask for a better lawyer. I will certainly contact him if any situations arise in my future that require legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2014
Robert took on my case and I immediately felt that I was in good hands and that he would represent me so that the Justice System would see that I was indeed not guilty of the charge. He got a full dismissal of the charge and my record is now expunged. Incredible...I am truly relieved and satisfied.
Posted by Thomas | September 27, 2014
Very pleased with Robert Kurtz representation!
Robert was very professional and responsive to our needs. He kept us well informed and the outcome was one that was agreeable to us. He was reassuring but honest about the course of our case. Although I pray we will never need his services again, I would use him in a minute if needed.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2014
Wise counsel.
I needed Robert's services when I was at my lowest ebb and an emotional wreck. He was able to guide me, not only through the convoluted and confusing legal system but gave me the will and means to see this through to an ultimately satisfactory conclusion.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2014
Excellent Lawyer & Representation
Mr. Kurtz assisted me in a time of extreme need. Once he took my case he helped me both as a person and a client. My main goal was avoidance of jail time and he got me exactly that - no jail time. I could not have been more happy with having selected him as a lawyer and am very pleased with the outcome based on my circumstances. I would highly recommend Mr. Kurtz to anyone seeking representation.
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Posted by David | December 13, 2013
the best there is
Mr. Kurtz was straightforward with me and explained all possible strategies and outcomes of my charge. Instead of pushing me to move on in court and pay him more money, he told me all my options and gave me the information I needed to know to make the decison myself. He actually cares about your future and how your trial affects that future. My case couldn't be won because of evidence. He is highly recommended and completely worth the cost. This is coming from someone who decided to plead guilty. With Robert by my side, I understood the entire nature of the case. I made the right decision and if there was anything to work with Robert would of be able to use it. He is Honest, hard working, dependable, knowledgeable, and he loves what he does! I couldn't speak higher of the man.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Very Thankful for Mr. Kurtz
I would recommend Robert Kurtz to anyone in need of a legal assistance. He was very respectful and helpful while helping me through my legal issue. I actually was arrested for disorderly conduct two weeks before I had a planned vacation out of the country. My arraignment was scheduled for the day I was supposed to fly out of Atlanta. Mr. Kurtz worked directly with the prosecutor and arranged it so I didn’t even have to go to my arraignment and he went for me. I couldn’t have been more thankful seeing as I had this trip booked for over six months. The best part was when I returned he informed me that the charges had been dismissed and all I had to do was pay court costs and the charge would be expunged. I couldn’t have been more satisfied. If I ever am in need of legal advice again I will definitely give Mr. Kurtz a call. Thank you again for all your help.
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Posted by Adrian | July 6, 2012
Help when you need it!
This was the first positive experience I have ever had from a lawyer, most lawyers only want to make the judge happy and plea bargin with the DA so the judge does not have to do anything and make any choices even if the defendent is innocent. Mr. Kurtz researched information and even retraced my route making calculations and measurments that were crucial in my defense. I really appreciate all of his effort and time that he put forth in my case and keeping me notified of what was going on to ease my mind was a wonderful help. He also had at least 3 different lines of defense ready to argue with the DA and judge if he need to, but thank God he gave them enough information to have all my charges dropped and is going to get the whole thing exponged off my record! I am so greatfull, Thank you Mr. Kurtz!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2011
DUI/Violation of Probabtion/Driving on Revoked
Robert Kurtz successfully helped me negotiate a situation that, at the worst, could have resulted in 30 days jail time for me, as well as losing my restricted driver's license for an additional year, after the year I already lost my regular license. The charge was reduced to driving without a license in possession, and I served 48 hours total. My life had been completely derailed by the legal and personal situations I was in when I first contacted R Kurtz, and he assisted me in reaching their conclusions. Very knowledgeable attorney who also cares about his clients.
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Posted by Dan | October 16, 2009
Best Lawyer In Knoxville !!
I can say after working with severial Attorneys in the past, Robert is with out a dought the most caring, hard working, Attorney I have worked with. I would use him over and over.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2009
I highly recommend Mr. Kurtz!
Robert Kurtz was not only very personable, but an extremly knowledgable attorney. He answered all my questions and researched any thing he was unsure of. Unlike most attorneys he would get back to me in a very timely mannor and make sure I understood all that was going on with my case!
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2009
Mr. Kurtz came very highly recommended by severial of his peers. He was very attentive and stright forward about what the ultimate goal was for my husband. In the end he did deliver the goal, that he set out to achieve in the beginning. I would highly recommend Mr. Kurtz. Yes I would use Mr. Kurtz again if a reason presented itself that I needed a very knowledgeable lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2009
amazing results
phenomenal, admirable, exemplary, Attorney!
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  • Retainer Always
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Tennessee College Of Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Owner
  • Stanley & Kurtz, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate and Partner
  • Eldridge & Gaines, PLLC
  • 2000 - 2006


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Attempted First Degree Murder
  • Misdemeanor conviction
  • Federal Drug Conspiracy
  • 15 months
  • Federal Crime
  • Federal Probation, no jail time.
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  • Federal Defender Services of East Tennessee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Act District Panel Representative Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Representative
  • 2003 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Wesley House Community Center
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, CLE Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2001 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney
  • Knoxville City View Magazine
  • 2011
  • Charles Miller Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2000


Speaking Engagements

  • CJA Orientation Seminar
  • Federal Court Practice
  • 2012
  • Community Law School
  • Criminal Law
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked along side Mr. Kurtz for over five years and have spoken with him from time to time regarding a variety of issues. Mr. Kurtz's principle's of candor, courage, competence, confidence and integrity are true mark's of a outstanding attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert and I recently tried a case in federal court. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know Robert as an attorney and as a person. I was impressed with his knowledge of the law and courtroom abilities. I would recommend Robert without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Always prepared and ready to provide the best representation for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kurtz is a very well-respected lawyer in the community known for getting excellent results and being an all around great guy!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob is a fantastic attorney. He is easily one of the best in Knoxville and the state of Tennessee. He's hard-working and responsive to his client's needs. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Other
"When a relative needed a criminal defense lawyer in Knoxville, I reached out to a number of attorneys and judges in my network for a referral. The name that repeatedly came up was Robert Kurtz. My relative has been extremely pleased with Mr. Kurtz's representation, and I, in turn, get to look like a genius for recommending him. I would whole-heartedly recommend Mr. Kurtz to anyone seeking a knowledgable, diligent, well-respected defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kurtz is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is a super attorney and person. Extremely personable and has a fantastic ability to analyze a case. He is always available to answer any questions or give his opinion on any matter I am working on. The personable aspect always goes a long way with a jury. Having the folks deciding a defendant's fate relate to the defense attorney is a big part of the trial battle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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