Paul has tried cases in the Courtroom as a prosecutor, a defender, and as a family law attorney.  Experience that helps him recognize when to fight in court and when to settle a case for his client.


Paul Knudsen

Paul J. Knudsen, Esq., specializes in divorce and criminal defense law. Paul has tried cases both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, giving him a unique perspective on the trial and appeals process.

Paul is a native Floridian, growing up in New Port Richey and Orlando before obtaining his bachelor’s degree at Florida State University (Go Seminoles!) While studying at Florida Coastal School of Law, Paul was joined the school’s nationally ranked Moot Court Honor Board for his appellate advocacy skills, later managing the team which represented the school at the Moot Court National Championship. Paul received Dean’s List Honors multiple times in law school and finished in the top 14% of his class.

Paul worked as an Assistant State Attorney for Pasco and Pinellas Counties, trying over 25 trials ranging from 1st degree felonies to DUIs. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Paul went into private practice specializing in divorce and criminal law.

Practice Areas

Family Law


Child Custody



Member of Tampa Bay In of Court

Former State Attorney for Pinellas and Pasco County

More than 30 cases tried by a Jury.

Clients Testimonials

“I was a misunderstood mother in fear of my life. I feared and dreaded dealing with my legal situation in court because my safety was in danger. Strangely enough, I initially did not receive the protection and remedy I so desperately needed from our legal system. Upon retaining the legal services of Paul J. Knudsen, Esq., the difficult situation I had been dealing with took a sharp turn. He went beyond the call of duty and proved through his work with my case that he always puts his clients first. He worked diligently, insuring he had every ounce of evidence needed to demonstrate my case. Because of his work ethics and passion to right a wrong, my life is now back to normal. He is not your average attorney, he is extraordinary. His fees are more than reasonable. Through my experience, he works for the pure passion of helping others, and he won’t rest until the job is done to his satisfaction.”

–Maricia Sampson