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Ryan Paul Knutson

Elder law Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   35 reviews
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    - Conservatorship litigation - Elder Abuse and Fraud Civil Litigation - Medicare and Social Security Counsel - Nursing Home Abuse and Litigation - Powers of attorney and trusts

  2. Landlord or tenant
    - Commercial Real Estate Litigation - Habitability lawsuits and quiet enjoyment - Lease Negotiation and Drafting - Wrongful Eviction - Landlord/ Tenant Lawsuits - Residential Real Estate Eviction - Commercial eviction lawsuits

  3. Litigation
    - Civil litigation and trial

  4. Civil rights
    - Discrimination in housing and employment based on disability, age, race, national origin, etc. - Wrongful Termination in Employment - Section 1983 Wrongful Death/ Police Misconduct - Government Civil Suits - Sexual harassment at work/ in education

  5. Estate planning
    - Special Needs Trusts Drafting and Implementation - Will/ Revocable Living Trust Drafting and Implementation - Power of Attorney for Healthcare/ Advanced Directive - Revocable Trust Administration - Elder Abuse

  6. Guardianship
    - Guardianship Filings, Litigation, and Appeals - Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Attorney Ryan Knutson is committed to serving you and your family as your trusted advisor. Mr. Knutson works directly with clients to provide quality legal services and representation before and at trial. Having worked at numerous prosecutors offices, civil litigation firms, and public interest oriented organizations, Mr. Knutson brings a decade of expertise in both civil and criminal matters to his firm with an eye towards providing personalized attention to each individual he serves and their legal needs. He knows the value of personal relationships and strives to build and maintain them with each of his clients.‍

Since his earliest days as a police officer cadet, he has built a reputation for hard work, effectiveness, and compassion. Having lived in, worked in, and visited nearly a dozen countries, Mr. Knutson is fluent in Spanish and understands the global and social context behind every legal problem, no matter how small or large. His understanding of the judicial system and work in community social and political issues gives him a unique edge in understanding the dynamics of any case.

Mr. Knutson opened Knutson Law Offices in 2019 to serve the needs of families and individuals in estate and special needs planning, trusts and estates, civil litigation, Social Security Disability, and civil rights and police litigation with a specific focus in mental health law and policy. On mental health law, discrimination and abuse of the mentally ill and the myriad legal issues affecting their families, Mr. Knutson works to make a significant impact in achieving compassionate care, an end to abuse and violence, and effective trust and property planning for the future.

The constant in Mr. Knutson’s career is a commitment to serve others, to counsel and represent others fighting for their rights in court, and to fight for and win fair and just treatment under the law for all, no matter your age, race, disability, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or immigration status. He continues that work at Knutson Law Offices.

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Knutson Law Offices
125 12th Street, Suite 100 - BALI
Oakland, CA, 94607


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  35 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Consistently Respectful, Detailed, and Kind
​​Ryan Knutson has been a dependable source of legal expertise for me for two years. He is heartfelt, genuine, and consistently respectful when sharing complex legal information. He has supported me to understand my rights as a tenant and given me invaluable information to navigate not only my housing situation but also a small claims issue. His firm and civil communication skills have additionally helped me move through a challenging landlord/tenant relationship. He thinks ahead and has helped me protect myself moving forward. I have experienced Ryan’s thoughtful regard for his clients and I'm grateful to have his legal support.
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Posted by David | July 4, 2023
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Honest and dependable
I hired Mr. Knutson to help with a dispute with my employer. He and his staff were honest and responsive. I appreciate the support and would recommend Mr Knutson to my friends
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Won $200,000 settlement in court !
Ryan is a rising star in the legal world. He is a great lawyer and was a godsend in my wrongful eviction case. He navigated some really sensitive issues, investigated and built the case, and fought hard for me in court all the time. We were able to get a great settlement. I will be forever grateful for the life changing amount we got for me and family !!! If you need someone to work on a tough landlord/tenant case, look no further.
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Posted by Ericka | August 3, 2022
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Very Satisfied
Working with Ryan was a pleasure! I will most definitely recommend him to family and friends who have been wrongfully evicted. He went above send beyond to win my case! He communicated with me throughout the whole process. He did his job and did it well!
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Ryan is very knowledgeable of the renter's law for commercial spaces
I had a beauty business for eight years. The property management and new landlord would not respond to my emails for months asking to negotiate the rent while I was completely closed. They kept me in the dark for a year and a half without any intent of negotiation until the moratorium ended for commercial spaces. Ryan was able to start a negotiation, and he figured out pretty soon we need it to change strategies with these people, as they are very inflexible, and there was not going to be an easy route to it. He was very knowledgeable of the renter's law for commercial spaces and helped me get out of my lease, even though I was out of the moratorium. I am pleased with the outcome, and now that everything is over, I am relaxed and at peace that they will not come back after me. I will be forever thankful to have found him. If you are looking for a renter-landlord negotiation, don't look further.
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Posted by Jeff | May 2, 2022
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I needed legal guidance regarding a business partnership dispute. Ryan Knutson was recommended to me by a close friend, who received legal help from with a similar matter. I ended up hiring Mr. Knutson to assist me with this matter. Mr. helped to clearly and concisely explain my options. I appreciated his honesty and transparency through this process. Mr. Knutson was always quick to respond to any inquiries I had along the way. With his help, I was able to ultimately reach a timely and desirable resolution. Mr. Knutson was able to offer comprehensive legal guidance, in a capacity that was easy to understand. I would definitely recommend Knutson Law Offices to anyone seeking legal guidance.
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Posted by Cheryl | April 26, 2022
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Results Driven
Ryan assisted us with negotiating the termination of a lease agreement. We'd not been in our office space for over a year due to all the Covid restrictions, so we approached our landlord to terminate the lease. The landlord agreed to discuss it, but kept putting us off and then we were referred to Ryan. Ryan did not hesitate to step up for us. He kept us informed, guided us in every step of the legal process, has been very fair to the landlord in these discussions, and was a trustworthy advocate for us. He was tenacious in assisting us and we are very satisfied with the results. He is an exceptional attorney.
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Posted by Holiday | December 20, 2021
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Ryan is Awesome
Ryan represented me in a sexual harassment case at my grad school program. Throughout the process, Ryan was an incredibly supportive and grounded counsel. Ryan was sensitive and compassionate to the issues at hand, and communicated in a way that was clear and level-headed. I'm so grateful to Ryan for his tireless work on our case, even when opposing counsel was uncooperative. Thanks to him, we were able to collect financial damages and create new policy for my school which will hopefully prevent further instances of harassment. I would recommend Ryan to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by Sharon | October 8, 2021
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Excellent attorney and a good person of character
Ryan was tremendously helpful in navigating us through our legal matter in both a professional and compassionate manner. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Salah | September 27, 2021
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Salah Atshan
Mr rayon was my consultant dealing with the landlord for Rawan cafe in Daly City,mr rayon helped me throughout the whole thing he was very nice helpful and organized and thanks to him we settled.
Posted by Parnian | June 10, 2021
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Business Owner
Ryan was a great help to my family and me in navigating some difficult legal issues. He provided timely responses to all of our questions and was generally a great communicator. He cares about his clients and is eager to help them.
Posted by Nick | June 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Mr. Knutson was extremely helpful when dealing with our landlord as we negotiated our contract during COVID-19. He was knowledgeable about our case and our rights, took the time to listen and really worked with us to come to a resolution. He spent lots of time helping us sort through the legal terms and language. He listened to our needs and was able to convey that to the opposing counsel. He checked in with us frequently to make sure we understood where we were in the process and to answer any of our questions. Overall, he did an amazing job and if the need were to arise, we would definitely work with him again.
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Posted by Julian | June 2, 2021
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Landlord Tenant Disputes & Negotiations
I first reached out to Ryan for help clearing up confusion about the terms of my lease between my landlord and myself. He was quickly able to understand the process and help me write the appropriate letter to resolve said dispute. Later, when I needed a lawyer to help with a landlord move in, I knew Ryan was the only lawyer I needed to call. He helped us slog through an 8-month process, and helped both me and my roommates feel confident in our understanding of the process and in our final result. I happily recommend his services, to all my friends in the area.
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Posted by Samuel | June 1, 2021
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Assistance with owner move in representation
Ryan was always very responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful during an owner move in buy out negotiation. Thanks to his help we were able to stay much longer and get a much more generous buy out than initially offered.
Posted by Tin | March 16, 2021
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Ryan is knowledgable and easy to work with
Ryan has been great to work with. He is responsive to my needs and concerns. I had him do my personal living trust docs. It went smoothly and his charges are reasonable. I recommend him for you estate planning needs.
Posted by Hien | March 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Ryan Knutson is helping me with a complicated case. He is very knowledgeable, professional and compassionate lawyer. He gave me a clear step by step legal advices. Thanks to Mr. Knutson. I highly recommend Attorney Ryan Knutson.
Posted by Angelica | March 6, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
He clearly listened to my needs, provided me with my needs and did everything in a clear concise and speedy fashion. I really appreciated his profesionalism.
Posted by Ivett | February 28, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
100% I recommend he did very good job he was available all the time for are case.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful lawyer
Atty. Ryan Knutson has been helping me with my complicated situation. He is compassionate, very knowledgeable and very helpful lawyer. He responses to my inquiries on a timely matter and patiently gave a solid legal advice. I highly recommend Attorney Ryan Knutson.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Professional!
I recently utilized Ryan’s services for the closing of my business due to COVID restrictions. His consultation was thorough and clear, retainer reasonable, and services were exactly as he explained. He helped us navigate an early lease termination and communicated on our behalf to the landlord and creditors. Definitely recommend his services if you should find yourself in a similar situation.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 50-250 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Attorney
  • Knutson Law Offices
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa, Crane, LLP.
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Lead Attorney of Legal Counsel to Elderly/ Civil Rights Program
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Public Interest Clerk
  • United States House Of Representatives
  • 2015 - 2017
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  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • California St Univ Sonoma
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - History, Spanish, Latin American Studies
  • 2012


  • Alameda County Bar Association, Barristers Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, San Francisco
  • Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • St. Dominics Church Faith Council, San Francisco
  • Costa-Hawkins and California Rent Control: The Law, San Francisco, and Proposals for Change
  • 2019
  • Institute on Aging San Jose Staff Training
  • Immigration Enforcement, Arrests, and the Law: Knowing Your Rights
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Ryan
Litigation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an incredibly talented attorney. He is strategic, comprehensive, and thoughtful in his approach to solving legal issues. When I have a legal question, Ryan is the first person I call to discuss. Apart from being talented, he is genuine. I highly recommend his legal services."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is an esteemed colleague in the community and extremely knowledgeable in the fields of civil rights and litigation. I practice business law and often refer to him for complex issues. He is a diligent and intelligent practitioner, I highly recommend him."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan. He is very knowledgeable in many areas of the law. I reach out to him often with questions on a variety of topics. He's very friendly, easy to work with, and most importantly, he cares about what he does and about getting what's best for his clients."