ATTORNEYS
David L. Knowles
ATTORNEY AT LAW
(801) 476-0303
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Death Administration and Probate
  • Real Property/Title
  • Conservatorship, Guardianship and other Protective Arrangements
  • Small Business and Contracts


EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY AND LEGAL PROFESSION BUILDER

MARTINDALE HUBBELL “AV PREEMINENT” ATTORNEY RATING
  • The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
RECLAIMING A NOBLE PROFESSION – SERIOUS MENTOR
  • Founding member of the Rex E. Lee Inn of the American Inns of Court in Northern Utah, and has served as its Administrator, President and Counselor. Currently Master of the Inn.
MAINTAINING COMPETENCY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
  • Utah State Bar Examination Grader 2015 to present.


SUPERIOR LAW FIRM BUILDER

1990 FOUNDER, DEVELOPER AND BUILDER OF SMITH KNOWLES, P.C.
  • 10 attorney AV Preeminent rated (see above) law firm headquartered in Ogden, Utah, and recognized as one of Northern Utah’s premier firms.
ADVOCATE AND COUNSELOR
  • Practicing lawyer in California, Wyoming and Utah since 1986.


PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS

UTAH BUSINESS MAGAZINE
  • Utah Legal Elite in Wills and Estates 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015.
MARTINDALE HUBBELL AV PREEMINENT ATTORNEY RATING
  • AV “Preeminent” Rated Individually and as a Law Firm (see above).
MOUNTAIN STATES SUPER LAWYERS
  • Selected to Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2008 in Estate Planning & Probate.


EDUCATION

JURIS DOCTOR | 1986 | J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
  • Graduated Top Third of Class.
BACHELOR OF ARTS | 1983 | WEBER STATE COLLEGE
  • Major: Economics Minor: Asian Studies, (Including Study of Japanese Language).
  • Recognitions: Honors Student, Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence.


EXPERIENCE

ADVOCACY AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Experienced Trial Advocate in Dozens of Cases Over Career.
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Weber State University and Columbia College.
  • Utah New Attorney Mentoring Program Mentor.
  • Occasional Community and Professional Continuing Education Presenter.
LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
  • American Inns of Court Rex E. Lee Inn, Northern Utah, President and Counselor.
  • Smith Knowles, P.C. (Law Firm) Founder, Vice President, President and Board Chair.
  • Mountain View District, Boy Scouts of America, District Chair (past).
  • Trapper Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, Ten Commandments Event Chair (Bringing Together Diverse Faith Communities to Commonality).
  • Extensive Community Religious Leadership Experience.
MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
  • American Inns of Court Inn Administrator.
  • Ogden Pioneer Days Parade Staging Committee Chair.
  • Ogden Trombone Choir Manager.


MILITARY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE/RECOGNITIONS

UTAH ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
  • 23rd Army Band 1981-1987.
  • Honorable Discharge.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • Eagle Scout.
  • National Eagle Scout Association Honorary Eagle.
  • Silver Beaver.
SERVICE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
  • Ogden School Foundation Executive Committee.
  • Weber State University Department of Child and Family Studies Community Advisory Board (past).


PERSONAL

FAMILY
  • Married to Linda Montgomery since 1981.
  • Three Children and Three Grandchildren. 
OTHER INTERESTS
  • Performing Trombonist.

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