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Robert R. Kurtz

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Attorney Robert Kurtz

Robert R. Kurtz is a Knoxville criminal defense attorney who has focused his practice on criminal defense in Federal and State courts for more than 18 years.

Mr. Kurtz knew early on that he wanted to devote his career to being a criminal defense lawyer. When he first started, Mr. Kurtz recognized that his clients were often people who had been wrongfully portrayed by law enforcement and prosecutors. Robert saw that his clients needed an advocate who was willing to listen to the facts of the case and the history that led to criminal charges being filed. Mr. Kurtz quickly learned that his best results were achieved after he spent time with his client and then conducted an independent investigation into the case to uncover favorable witnesses and evidence.


Robert began his career in criminal law in 1998, when he began work in private practice with several prominent criminal defense lawyers. By 2004, Robert realized that he wanted to have more personal and direct contact with clients, so he started his own practice. In 2007, Robert moved his practice to its current location, in a historic building on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Robert Kurtz believes that every lawyer has a duty to teach. Clients can only make informed decisions when they understand the law, when they know all the facts relevant to their case, and how the law and facts interact in any given case. Robert has forged a reputation of uncompromising representation thorough investigation, preparation, and the deepest commitment to his clients.

Since that time, Mr. Kurtz has handled a variety of increasingly complex misdemeanors and felonies in Federal and State courts. Mr. Kurtz regularly handles multi-defendant drug conspiracy cases and white collar crimes in Federal courts throughout Tennessee. Robert is a death penalty qualified attorney and has tried multiple first degree murder trials to a jury verdict. Robert routinely handles difficult cases involving sex offenses and allegations of sexual misconduct against children.

Robert grew up in South Louisiana. He is an avid endurance athlete having completed 7 marathons and over a dozen century rides. Robert believes that the same discipline and determination necessary to compete in sports is crucial when representing clients accused of Federal and State crimes. Robert and his family consider it a great privilege to call Knoxville, Tennessee their home.


He earned his Bachelor's Degree in history from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1995, graduating with honors. In 2000, he obtained his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, with Honors. Robert was also voted "Top Attorney" for Criminal Law in a peer poll conducted by CityView Magazine.

Mr. Kurtz is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Robert is also an active member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a proud member of the Knoxville Bar Association.

In addition to practicing law, Robert strives to give back to the Knoxville community. Robert served as an Adjunct Professor in the Innocence/Wrongful Convictions Clinic at the University of Tennessee, College of Law from 2009-2011. Robert is the Criminal Justice Act District Panel Representative for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. In this capacity, Robert serves as the liaison between the bar and the federal judiciary. Robert also serves on the Board of Directors for Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee. From 2006-2008, Robert served on the Wesley House Community Center Board of Directors.


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