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Steven Eugene Knapp

also known as Steve Knapp

About me


I have been practicing law in Washington for more than 25 years, including three years prosecuting criminal cases as a Deputy Prosecutor in Whatcom County.  I have been a solo and/or lead attorney on more than 40 jury and bench (Judge) trials and more than 150 arbitrations and mediations.   I have served as an MAR Arbitrator and Settlement Guardian Ad Litem on King County’s Approved SGAL List.  I have handled seven figure wrongful death and serious injury claims, premises and products liability cases, all types of motor vehicle accidents, dog bites and construction site injury cases.

I am innovative and creative in litigation and discovery.  I am also a tough negotiator in settlement and have obtained numerous favorable results in mediation and directly with opposing counsel.  My preferred approach to litigation is to try to work cooperatively with opposing counsel during pre-trial discovery and all other aspects, whenever possible.  However, I have the experience to take a case from inception all the way through a jury trial and to the Court of Appeals, if necessary. 

I am pleased to announce that I have recently joined an exceptional personal injury law firm, Brett Murphy Coats Knapp McCandlis and Brown. together with my colleagues, we offer the highest quality and most experienced legal assistance available in Washington State.




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Contact info

Law Office of Steven E. Knapp

19105 36th Ave. West Suite 206
Lynwood, WA, 98036

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
    29 years, 300 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    29 years, 50 cases



Contingent (33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Edward K. Le

    Having opposed Steve on a case, I can attest he is an excellent lawyer. Ethical, hardworking, and endowed with a keen intellect, he inspires fear in opposing counsel just as he engenders respect for his meticulous professionalism. He exemplifies the best of what a good advocate should be.


    Edward Le Brain injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Dean Brett

    I endorse this lawyer. After watching Steve defend personal injury cases for years, I decided that we needed him on our side and asked him to become a partner at Brett Murphy.


    Dean Brett Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in WashingtonAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in WashingtonAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
Appreciation For Years of Public ServiceWhatcom County Prosecutor's Office1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrett Murphy Knapp McCandlis & Brown PLLC2011 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Steven E. Knapp2009 - 2011
PartnerFloyd, Pflueger & Ringer, PS2002 - 2009
PartnerLaw Offices of Steven Knapp1998 - 2002
AttorneyMurray, Dunham and Murray1995 - 1998
AttorneyJulin, Fosso, Sage, McBride & Mason1993 - 1995
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyWhatcom County Prosecutor's Office1990 - 1993
AttorneyLaw Office of Eric Friese1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMentor2013 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Justice (formerly WSTLA)Eagle Member2009 - Present
US District Court, Eastern DistrictAdmitted2002 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
US District Court, Western DistrictAdmitted1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. SmithExpanded Laws of Evidence in Washington
$175,000 settlement for shoddy home repair$175,000 settlement
$100,000 for motorcycle accident$100,000 settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE REGARDING MINOR SETTLEMENTSRequirements for Minor Settlements for various counties2009