Why 'Cognitor' for our website and our emails?

Cognitor is derived from the Latin verb cognoscere. This multilayered verb means in particular: knowing, recognizing, perceiving, experiencing, exploring, investigating, representing in court.
The cognitor thus is a knowledgeable person, a cognitive person etc. ... and a representative in court.
In our work as lawyers, we always strive to be a cognitor. With cognitor in our e-mail and website, we continue the tradition of Dr. Gautschi, who founded our law firm on October 1,1932. He had already registered cognitor as a short address for telegrams sent to the firm. The incorporation of the word cognitor into the e-mail and website address thus takes us back to the roots of our firm.

lic. iur. Tanja Knodel


Preferred Fields of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Economic and Corporate Criminal Law
  • International Rogatory Law in Criminal Matters


  • Certified Specialist SBA Criminal Law
  • Admitted to the Bar, Zurich (2002)
  • lic. iur., University of Zurich (1998)

Professional Career

  • Partner of MK+P since 2003
  • Trainee/Attorney in a law firm specialized on criminal law (1999-2003)

Member of the

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Co-lead of the Criminal Defence Division ZAV
  • Pikett Strafverteidigung (emergency response team for criminal defence), Zurich (member of the board, president)
  • Swiss bar’s commission for criminal law (president)
  • Criminalistic Society of Switzerland
  • Swiss Task Force for Criminology

Phone +41 44 215 20 30
Fax +41 44 215 20 39

Müller Knodel + Partner
Uraniastrasse 40
CH – 8001 Zurich


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