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Founder, KLO Law Firm

As a seasoned legal professional, Ryan Knutson brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to KLO Law Firm. With a dedication to providing exceptional legal services, Mr. Knutson is committed to advocating for clients with integrity, expertise, and a client-centric approach.


Ryan Knutson is a graduate of Sonoma State University, Cum Laude (BA History, Latin American Studies, 2012), and earned JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 2016.

Professional Memberships

He has been named to Super Lawyers’ Northern California Rising Star List 2022, California’s Best Regional Civil/Probate Attorneys by, the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys, and was most recently honored with an award by the Alameda County Bar Association for Barrister’s Distinguished Service. Mr. Knutson has also been awarded the Advocate Designation by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Client-Centric Approach

Mr. Knutson understands that each legal matter is unique and requires a tailored approach. He prioritizes open communication, ensuring clients are well-informed and confident in the legal strategies employed on their behalf.

Community Involvement

Beyond the courtroom, Mr. Knutson is dedicated to giving back to the community. Mr. Knutson currently serves on multiple local Bar Association Boards, volunteers his time as a pro bono attorney with the Alameda County Bar Association and their Low-Income Landlord Settlement Clinic, and provides legal advice and counsel to numerous non-profit and civil rights legal aid organizations. Mr. Knutson is also a past participant in the Bay Area Legal Incubator’s attorney development and business building program, and continues to mentor and guide young attorneys just beginning their own practices. Mr. Knutson is also committed to providing legal representation and services to those with mental illness and their families struggling with finding quality medical or psychiatric care or treatment.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Knutson has contributed to the legal field through publications and speaking engagements. He believes in sharing knowledge and insights with both legal professionals and the public. The following is an updated list of speaking engagements and publications:

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Commercial Lease Negotiations and Reformation During Covid-19: A Primer on the State of the Law – 2022
  • Presentation discussing the state of commercial landlord-tenant relationships in California at the tail end of Covid-19, common lease issues and risks that tenants need to understand, and potential strategies to negotiate tenant lease modifications or terminations.
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant and Eviction Defense Issues – 2022
  • Presentation discussing Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) defense law, strategies for litigators defending tenants, common legal and evidentiary issues, motion practice and strategies for motions in unlawful detainers, common issues and risks that tenants need to understand, and potential strategies for settlement or trial.
  • UC Davis Mental Health Conference
  • Police Use of Force and Individuals with Mental Illness: The State of the Law, Current Liability for State and Local Governments, and Strategies for Protecting those with Mental Illness and Reducing Litigation – 2020
  • St. Dominics Church Faith Council, San Francisco
  • Costa-Hawkins and California Rent Control: The Law, San Francisco, and Proposals for Change – 2019
  • Institute on Aging San Jose Staff Training
  • Immigration Enforcement, Arrests, and the Law: Knowing Your Rights – 2019
  • Institute on Aging San Francisco Staff Training
  • Immigration Enforcement, Arrests, and the Law: Knowing Your Rights – 2019
  • Institute on Aging San Francisco
  • ICE Enforcement and the Law: Know Your Rights Against Unconstitutional Search and Seizure – 2019
  • San Francisco Elder Law Bulletin
  • Breach of Contract and Debt Collection: A Brief Notice of Rights – 2017


Mr. Knutson is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French, enhancing his ability to serve a diverse clientele.

Ryan Knutson brings a unique combination of legal expertise, dedication to client success, and a passion for making a positive impact in the legal community. Partner with him at KLO Law Firm for unparalleled legal representation.

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