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James Gordon Knipe III

Criminal defense Attorney at Baton Rouge, LA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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I have devoted my career to defending those accused of crime and to obtaining recovery for those injured due to the fault others. 

 

As a criminal trial lawyer I have successfully litigated cases as small as municipal court misdemeanors through the most consequential involving large quantities of narcotics, federal gun offenses or homicide. 

 

During my undergraduate years at LSU and through law school at Southern University Law Center, I worked for personal injury firms that specialized in representing victims that suffered significant personal injuries.  I took that experience with me when I joined our firm in 2004 and becoming a partner in 2006. 

 

I am a lifetime member of Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  I am one of a very few attorneys in the State of Louisiana that have been asked to be a member of the National College of DUI Defense.  I am also an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar of Criminal Justice.

 

I have been a guest speaker at seminars hosted by the Louisiana Public Defender Board, The Baton Rouge Association of Woman Attorneys and the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Family Law Section. 

 

Through my criminal defense practice, I developed specializations in the following:

 

    •  State Felony Offenses including narcotics possession/distribution;
    •  DWI aka DUI (misdemeanor and felony grade);
    •  Gun Related Charges;
    •  Misdemeanor Offenses;
    •  Domestic Abuse Battery;
    •  Theft, Fraud and Embezzlement;
    •  Expungements and TWIC Issues;
    •  Probation / Parole Violations;
    •  Post-Conviction; and
    •  Time Calculation / Computation.

 

 

 

Location

Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger, PLC
8075 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809-7675
Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger, PLC
28655 Charlie-Watts Rd.
Livingston, LA, 70754
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6119 Royal Palms Dr.
Gonzales, LA, 70737
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2022
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Client
Mr. Jim Knipe and his team were compassionate and understanding and always put me first.
Posted by Aaron | June 22, 2019
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Aaron
Mr. Jim went above and behind to handle my case. I have complete trust in him and was happy to have him on my side. I hope I never need attorney again but if I ever do I wouldn't go any other route.
Posted by Taylor | September 26, 2018
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Strongly Recommended / Great Trial attorney
After consulting with several attorneys; I chose to hire Mr. Knipe to defend me in my DWI case. He was very knowledgeable on all parts of the process. The time spand from my first consultation to the next meeting at my court date; was several months apart. After just one meeting he retained all the information necessary to defend me the best way possible. He kept me updated throughout the wait leading up to the court date. He came completely prepared on the day of court; he was ready for every angle of defense. The prosecutor added some last minute evidence into the case the morning of the court. He was able to analyze the new evidence quickly, and add it into our defense case. He was confident, and so went to trial in hopes to have all charges dropped. His questioning of the arresting officer, and ability to highlight important evidence was exceptional. He left no angle of defense untouched. He was able to win the case, and get the DWI dismissed. He also went above and beyond and was able to keep a speeding ticket off my driving record as well. His effort showed alot of passion for his work. Mr. Knipe was always prepared throughout the process. He was professional, honest, hardworking, and made the whole process easy on me. I'd absolutely recommend his services.
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Posted by William | December 22, 2017
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Jim Knipe
Mr. Knipe represented me in one small misdemeanor case, and then later in two personal injury cases (auto accidents). Two out of the three actually went to trial. Our side prevailed in all three cases. I found Mr. Knipe to be easy to deal with, experienced, very competent, thoroughly organized and prepared, in all cases. I am happy to endorse Mr. Knipe and his firm, without reservation.
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Posted by Terrica | August 30, 2017
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The BEST in BR
Mr. Knipe fought for me to the end with aggression toward judicial system, he didn't take a deal but instead fought for the best case scenario on my behalf!! Love this attorney
Posted by Lauren | July 23, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Knipe was an awesome attorney. He was able to get my DUI reduced to a reckless. He was prepared for trial, but do to circumstances he was very happy to, with my ok, not prolong the case and get a reduced aggreement. He was always very informative and confident. His whole team was helpful and reassuring. I would recommend his services as an excellent trial attorney to anyone.
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Posted by Craig | January 23, 2016
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Very helpful and friendly
Jim helped us out with an car accident issue. Even though it took several months for the other insurance company to admit fault, Jim was there with us every step of the way, keeping us informed. Hopefully I won't ever need an attorney again, but if I do I'm contacting Jim.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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Trial Review
Jim is an excellent and ethical attorney with a tremendous understanding of the law. He was able to provide me with a defense that was the absolute truth. His knowledge of the information surrounding my case provided for a not guilty ruling from the judge. I'd recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2015
Honest. Jim gets the job done.
I was in some bad legal trouble and the outcome was looking bad. All cases were dismissed and Jim fought to allow me to get the help I needed. I am so grateful for all the law firm has done for myself and family. He is a beast
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
So Much More Than a Lawyer
Jim and his team are not only great lawyers, but they are caring, understanding individuals that are so willing to go the extra mile for their clients. Jim helped my brother-in-law, a retired veteran from the Iraq War. Life back as a civilian has been hard on him and he found himself in a bad situation. Jim and the team didn't just look at my brother-in-law as a client, but as a person. A person that has gone through things that only some can even imagine...a person who needs the love, understanding and acceptance of people. Jim fought hard to get a favorable outcome in his situation. Our family will not be able to thank him and his team enough. He gave my brother-in-law a new lease on life and showed him that he is worth so much. Jim- THANKS!
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2014
Lucky to have worked with him
Mr. Knipe is the best thing that could have happened to me in my less than desirable legal situations. At the time of my DUI arrest I was a senior at LSU on my way to bigger and better things, and Mr. Knipe worked hard to not let my immature mistakes stand in the way of my future. Admittedly, I was young, clueless and extremely scared about my case when he and I became acquainted, but by the end of our first meeting I had already felt that I was in good hands. He always explained everything clearly and more importantly honestly, and I never once felt judged (which I cannot say the same about encounters I've had with other lawyers). I moved out of Louisiana not long after my arrest in pursuit of my career, and with the exception of returning to appear in court he worked extensively with me over the phone and through email, he even got the judge to approve allowing me to complete some of my court requirements out of state. By the end of the case, he had worked out a plea deal to have some of my charges dropped and my DUI filed as not guilty. My home state of Texas had some legal repercussions for me as well, and he has acted on my behalf to the extent of his abilities for another state to mitigate those issues. Throughout the course of our relationship, he has been more helpful, respectful, and friendly than I could have hoped for.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
He Truly Cares
Mr. Knipe is an amazing lawyer. I was issued a MIP for being in a vehicle where others had alcohol, but I was not drinking myself. On top of that, the police report was not the most accurate representation of the situation. It seemed as if the police simply made up information in their favor, regardless though, Mr. Knipe devoted his time and effort in helping me out. I am a premed major, so any blemish on my record could prevent me from getting into Medical School. Mr. Knipe truly cared about the situation and wanted to help. He was able to get my case dismissed, not only possibly saving my future but also relieved a lot of stress. He's a great lawyer, and I 100% recommend him.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger, PLC
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • Southern University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Louisiana State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jay Winters v. Allstate, et. al.,
  • Verdict in favor of plaintiff, award: $200,584.00

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2008 - Present
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar of Criminal Justice
  • 2005 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Fastes Growing Tiger Businesses
  • LSU Top 100
  • 2017
  • Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses
  • LSU Top 100
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • President's Award of Appreciation
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Presentation handout: Creative Ways to Win
  • 2016
  • Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
  • Presentation handout: Criminal Defense of DWI Cases
  • 2015
  • Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
  • Presentation handout: DWI
  • 2014
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Presentation handout: Defending a Client in Domestic Violence Proceedings
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Creative Ways to Win
  • 2016
  • Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
  • Criminal Defense of DWI Cases
  • 2015
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Defending a Client in Domestic Violence Proceedings
  • 2014
  • Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys CLE
  • DWI
  • 2014
  • Louisiana Public Defender Board
  • DWI Defense Strategies
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney who is well-respected by his colleagues and gets great results for his clients. He has received recognition from his peers for his excellent work as a DWI lawyer, and I would highly recommend him for any criminal defense or personal injury case."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is one of my law partners and began working for me as a law clerk. He is truly one of the finest lawyers and people that I know. His judgement and knowledge is superior. He is hard working and dedicated to finding suceesf results for his clients. He can handle complex criminal cases and complicated personal injury cases. He is also one of the top DWI lawyers in Louisiana. I am fortunate to have him as a law partner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is both a criminal defense attorney and a personal injury attorney. I have known Jim since before he was sworn in as an attorney. Jim and I now work together as co-counsel in numerous personal injury cases. I refer cases to Jim and Jim refers cases to me. Jim is one of the most efficient attorneys I know in that he will settle cases, if possible, as quickly as possible. And, if the other side, refuses to settle, Jim will try the case, as quickly as possible. And, recently, Jim obtained a wonderful result in a personal injury case from a jury, after the defendants refused to settle. I give Jim my highest recommendation. Lindsey J. Leavoy"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I'm proud to have Jim as my law partner. He is considered one of the top DWI attorneys in the state and, through his mastery of the rules and regulations unique to this practice area, he is able to achieve amazing results for his clients that your "routine" criminal defense attorney couldn't accomplish. But, Jim's practice isn't limited to DWI work. He gets amazing results in front of juries as well. Recently, he obtained a 6 figure jury verdict in a personal injury case. Many attorneys position themselves as civil trial lawyers but few have the jury award to prove it."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim has already established himself in the Baton Rouge community as one of our finest DWI criminal defense attorneys. Recently named as a "Rising Star" Super Lawyer by his professional peers is of no surprise to me based upon my daily observations of his detailed preparation and research. Jim can be counted on by your family to defend zealously the claims by the police. I highly recommend Jim for you to call to protect your loved one who may be in danger of going to jail and having their reputation smeared and even ruined by criminal charges."
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Baton Rouge Criminal defense Lawyer James Gordon Knipe III
James Gordon Knipe III
Criminal defense Attorney
Baton Rouge, LA
Licensed for 19 years
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