James R. Knudsen

B.A. The Citadel
J.D. Duke University Law School

Phone: (781) 246-3030  |  Fax: (781) 246-3050  |  Email Jamie

As a shareholder of the firm, Attorney Jamie Knudsen focuses a significant portion of his practice in the area of general estate, tax, and charitable planning. In addition to providing extensive consultation on matters of trust administration and dispute resolution, Jamie regularly participates in technical seminars and offers lectures on estate planning to the public and other professionals. His goal is to help families create estate plans that work, ultimately avoiding litigation and the slow and costly probate process.

EXPERIENCE: In addition to focusing on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and litigation, Attorney Knudsen has a background in complex personal injury, civil rights, and commercial litigation. His knowledge of court procedures and dispute resolution have benefited trust and estate clients in need of asset protection planning, estate, fiduciary, and tax litigation services, judicial reformation of trusts, and probate and equity court representation. His genuine interest and involvement in many charitable causes adds value to the charitable estate plans designed for each of his clients.

EDUCATION & LICENSING: Attorney Knudsen received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Duke University School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he graduated first in his class. Jamie is admitted to practice before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the United States District Court of Massachusetts, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

MEMBERSHIPS: Attorney Knudsen is an active member of WealthCounsel. He is a member of the Professional Advisor Planned Giving Committee for United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and he is the Chairman of the Committee (local board) for Young Life Boston-North Shore, a charitable organization which serves adolescents.

PRESENTATIONS & REPORTED CASES: Recent presentations include: “Advanced Post-Mortem Planning and Probate in Massachusetts,” National Business Institute, a one day seminar for attorneys, insurance professionals, accountants, enrolled agents and financial and estate planners.

RECENT CASES: Coffill v. Coffill, 656 F.3d 93 (1st Cir. 2011); Pierce v. Spalding, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 1123 (2010); In re: Estate of Michael Piazzolla, Middlesex Family and Probate Court Docket No. 11P-1508EA.

PERSONAL: Jamie and his wife, Katie, reside in Hamilton, Massachusetts with their four children: Dani, Jacob, Lily, and Aliyah. Dani and Aliyah are originally from Ethiopia, and Jamie and Katie are passionate about adoption and Africa. Jamie enjoys family, church and sporting activities during his leisure time.