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Matthew Curran Knauss

DUI and DWI Attorney at Kirkland, WA

5.0   120 reviews

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Matt Knauss focuses his practice on defending those accused of driving under the influence and other serious criminal charges

 

Repeatedly selected as a Superlawyers "Rising Star" he is a passionate advocate who consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients. He is a veteran of countless trials and numerous other traffic and criminal prosecutions, including numerous DUI cases.

 

Matt interned with the Bothell Prosecutor’s Office, where he was lead counsel in multiple jury and bench trials and then became an Associate Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Lynwood. As a prosecutor, it was his responsibility to prepare for the numerous legal issues and challenges that would be raised by the top DUI lawyers in the community and to respond to them in court. In early 2006 he was hired by the law firm of Moberly & Roberts, which hold the contracts to prosecute for numerous municipalities.  Matt served as the lead Prosecutor for the cities of Kirkland, Medina and Clyde Hill, until he was hired by Cowan Kirk Gaston in 2008.

 

Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
from the University of Denver in 2001 where he was a recipient of the Provost Scholarship.  Immediately following college, Matt attended the Seattle University School of law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2004. He has attended the National College for DUI Defense program at the Harvard Law School, and he is a member of the College.  He is also a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the King County Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association.

 

 

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Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Knauss Law Firm
4040 Lake Washington Blvd Northeast
Suite 300
Kirkland, WA, 98033

Reviews

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Posted by Isaac | September 22, 2022
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The best in the buisness
Dealing with Matt and company was an absolutely pleasure. He is knowledgeable, thorough and detail oriented and attentive. He did exactly what he said he would and maintained an open line of communication for any questions I had throughout the entire process. I would not ever hesitate to refer anyone to him or use him again if the situation presented itself. 10/10
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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Adept Attorney
Matthew was thorough in his approach to handling my case. He is well versed in his practice areas and offered options other attorneys made no mention of. I am more than grateful that I crossed paths with him. He helped the trajectory of my life change in a positive direction.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2022
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Best lawyer and outcome I could have asked for!
Matt is an amazing lawyer and I am so grateful for his representation in court. I always knew exactly what to expect at each stage of the DUI process, and if I ever had a question, Matt and his team would get back to me right away. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer or a better outcome thanks to Matt. I hope to never be in a position again where I need a defense attorney, but if I do, Matt will be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2022
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Great knowledge and insight
We used Matt to consult on a complicated issue. We found him extremely helpful, knowledgeable and honest. We highly recommend Matt to anyone who needs good legal advice or to file a lawsuit. He was also very timely and responsive which is a huge plus.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2022
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Above and Beyond
Matt put me at ease from the very beginning of my contact with him. He handled my DUI case professionally and compassionately, guiding me step by step through the legal process. His advice and representation helped me to receive the best possible outcome for my case. I appreciate his extensive experience with the Kirkland Municipal Court system and would not hesitate to refer him to friends and family should they ever need representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2022
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Client with a ticket
They were amazing responsible very helpfull and everything that was promised was accomplished beyond expectation it was a great experience
Posted by Shawn | December 28, 2021
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Very Positive Experience
I hired Mr. Knauss to assist me with getting an anti-harassment order, and at the same time to defend me against a counter anti-harassment order. We were successful in both cases. At every step, he made sure my wife and I knew exactly what to expect, told us where we needed to be, when and with what evidence. He was very professional in all communications and everything proceeded just as he said it would. While it's my hope that I won't need an attorney again anytime soon, I would not hesitate to contact Matt to assist me with any future legal issues I may have.
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Posted by James | December 20, 2021
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Best in town!!!
They really helped me when I needed them the most! Such a great team of professionals!
Posted by Catherine | December 10, 2021
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Very satisfied
I am very satisfied with my decision to hire Matt as my attorney to handle a very old warrant. His level of emotional intelligence is very high and he communicated every step of the process during the consultation so I knew what to expect.
Posted by Pedro | December 9, 2021
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Amazing Team and Even Better Representation!
My back was against the wall, I was arrested and accused of doing something that I didn't do. As soon as I contacted Knauss Law Firm, they made me feel welcome, heard, understood and most importantly, Protected. My case was completely dismissed which I was BLOWN away by but wouldn't have been possible without Knauss Law. Mr. Knauss fought hard and diligently for me and the results spoke for themselves. I couldn't have imagined a better outcome without Mr.Knauss representing me. If you're looking for someone who cares and will truly fight for you, I wouldn't recommend anyone else besides Knauss Law Firm. I'm very grateful to the whole team. Best in the business.
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Posted by Matt A | September 16, 2021
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The Best
Matthew Knauss is the best DUI attorney in WA. He is meticulous, highly intelligent and diligent. He is a no BS guy and will get you the best result possible. Aside from being highly professional and communicative, he has a good sense of humor and will be completely honest with you about your case. Look nowhere else if you need help with your DUI.
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Posted by Julie | August 28, 2021
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Professional
Matt Knauss is a great attorney, I have worked with him on 2 cases. He's thorough and made sure I fully understood every step of the process I always felt completely informed and important, his support team is so kind and professional I was pleased with the outcomes of both cases he handled for me. I have and will continue to refer him to family and friends "
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Posted by jing | August 2, 2021
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Great lawyer, execllent service, best result you can get.
I had great experience with Matthew. He is very professional, helpful and kind. My case was dropped with his help and support. I highly recommend Matt to anyone who needs legal help.
Posted by Mike | August 2, 2021
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Fantastic Lawyer
Dealing with the legal process is a frightening experience with the uncertainty and the actual complexity of the process. Not only did Matt reassure me of the process he explained it in laymen's terms so I understood how the process works. He is always prompt with responding to the questions I had (even responded to my inquiry in a few hours late at night). Having Matt represent me during an incredibly stressful time was the best decision I made.
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Posted by Steve | August 1, 2021
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Expert Guidance and Negotiating
Walked me through all options and provided great consul on an uncomfortable situation.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2021
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Diligent, professional, and transparent.
I got a DUI when I was 20 years old, got in a minor fender bender. Matt got my first DUI dropped down to negligent driving then expunged off my record after a year of no traffic related offenses. He always had a plan and I never had to question his methods. Very professional to work with and transparent throughout the process. I have nothing negative to say about Matt and I endorse him 100%.
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Posted by Sara | July 27, 2021
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Fantastic attorney
I had a great experience with Matthew – he is unbelievably knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective. He was able to explain the potential outcomes of the case, and his judgement and advice was invaluable. I can’t recommend him enough if you’re in need of representation and would reach out to him first if I ever need assistance again. I highly recommend Matthew.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2021
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Matt Knauss is a BOSS
Matt provided phenomenal customer service. Starting with meeting me on a Sunday at his office on short notice when I desperately needed some professional guidance from someone with his expertise. Matt immediately put me at ease in a very stressful situation. His depth of knowledge was apparent. His bedside manner was exemplary. He held my hand every step of the way through a long and arduous process. It was still a taxing experience, but I don’t even want to imagine what it would have been like for me without Matt in my corner. Every time I set foot in the courtroom I felt as confident as I imagine a person in that situation could, knowing that I had retained top notch representation.
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Posted by justin | July 26, 2021
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Matt is awesome
Matt is great. He is very knowledgeable and seems to be on good terms with everyone in the court - which I think is a great bonus. He was able to work things out and clearly explain what was going to happen and what I should expect. Things did go better than expected, so that was a bonus, and I think reflects well on his great work.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2021
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Charges dropped
Matt was professional and upfront about my case. The charges were dismissed. I highly recommended Matt.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Knauss Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney at law
  • Cowan Kirk Gaston
  • 2008 - Present
  • Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Moberly & Roberts, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Zachor & Thomas
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Intern - City Attorney's Office
  • City of Bothell
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2011
  • LaPier and Associates
  • Certified to administer Field Sobriety Tests.
  • 2008
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • Trained in RADAR/LIDAR operation.
  • 2008
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 2004
  • University of Denver
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Listed in Who's Who Top Lawyers
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Case Update
  • The DOL and Police Jurisdiction In DUI Emphasis Patrol Cases
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Strategies For Defense
  • Making Sense of IIDs, CDLs, and IILs: What a DUI Conviction Means For Your Client
  • 2011
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Institute
  • Pretrial release conditions in DUI cases.
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have faced Matt in the courtroom on more than one occasion and always found him to be a loyal advocate for his clients and talented attorney. He knowledge of DUI and criminal defense is second to none. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer and often refer him to handle the most challenging cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Knauss is a very experienced attorney who often contributes to very complicated areas of the law on AVVO."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Knauss on a number of occasions. His dedication to his clients and his level of knowledge was exceptional. I endorse him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I truly appreciated the professionalism and reasonableness of Matthew as he worked as a prosecutor for the City of Kirkland. But I was very happy to see him join the ranks of the defense, as he is an intelligent, creative, and articulate advocate for the accused. I can count on Matt to know the inside process of prosecuting DUI's, based on his years of experience. And he has a great working relationship with judges and prosecutors throughout the county, which is due to his diligence and honesty and excellent advocacy skills. I trust his judgment and I often touch base with him to brainstorm tactics and approaches on pending matters. He is a great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt has a strong knowledge of Washington case law. I worked with Matt on several cases when he represented the City of Kirkland. Matt is personable and a strong advocate in the area of Criminal Law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt since his days as a prosecutor. He is a top-notch DUI defense attorney and well respected by his peers in the defense community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Knauss is a talented and skilled DUI Defense practitioner and a a compassionate advocate for his clients. I have know Matthew both as a prosecutor and defense attorney and endorse him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Matt since he was a prosecutor and appeared in opposition to him numerous times. When our law firm needed another DUI defense lawyer, the first person we thought of was Matt. In the yeaars that he has worked with us we were not only not disappointed. Matt went far beyond our expectations and our hope. If I were to pick the most important asset he has brought to our firm it is his creativity, both in litigation but in recognizing and articulating legal issues. We are proud to have him practicing with us."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a talented lawyer who vigorously fights for his clients and is highly respected among the legal community and his clients. I have referred multiple clients to Matt, all of which have been very satisfied with his work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is well respected by prosecutors, judges, and most importantly, his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Matthew for years as he prosecuted misdemeanor cases for the cities of Bothell, Lynnwood and Kirkland. Matthew was a very good prosecutor in that he was able to balance what the law was and what the right outcome should be in any given case. These are traits that will make him a great defense attorney. He had very good command of the law and the courtroom as a prosecutor. Having joined one of the premier DUI firms our state has to offer, I expect that he will continue to have such command from the defense side. I would recommend Matthew without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Matt on several DUI cases when he was the Kirkland Prosecuting Attorney. His knowlege of the law was only surpassed by his ethics and the respect he paid everyone in the court including the accused. Mr. Knauss demonstrated outstanding courtroom ability and demeanor. His maturity in handling very difficult, and often contentious matters, was a real pleasure to see. I have no doubt that he will continue to develop into a top flight trial attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Matt for the past three years, both as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. I am thoroughly impressed with his knowledge of the law and his courtroom skills. He is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt is a tenacious advocate for his clients. He is well respected in the community and has a pit-bull like quality to get the best results. Any client represented by Matt will be well served."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. While I will miss Matt on the prosecutor's side of the table, knowing he's now a DUI Defense lawyer makes me all the happier for him. The defense bar has gained a great ally. Matt is sharp as a sword, and I have no doubt will quickly rise to the upper eschelons of the defense bar."
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