Kirkland Criminal Defense Attorney

Kirkland Criminal Defense Attorney

Meet Matthew Knauss

Matt Knauss focuses his practice on defending those accused of crimes. Repeatedly elected as a Super Lawyers “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 Kattenhorn in 2008.


"Matt provided outstanding representation during the entire length of my case. I was impressed with his extensive knowledge of the law, and also his compassion. Matt's persuasiveness and ability to think outside the box resulted in a very favorable result. Matt is an exemplary attorney and I recommend Him to anyone finding themselves in need of representation."

Matt's Story

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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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Professional Memberships

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • LaPier and Associates, certified to administer Field Sobriety Tests
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • B.S., University of Denver

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We're Accessible, Affordable, & Understanding


Our Attorney is a Former Prosecutor

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We've Successfully Resolved Thousands of Criminal Cases


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Our Attorney is Trial-Ready & Never Backs Down From a Challenge

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