Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003

  • Journal of Law and Technology

University of North Carolina, B.A., with distinction, 2000

  • Morehead-Cain Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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Jason M. Knott


Jason M. Knott, a litigator with 13 years of experience, represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil and criminal disputes.

Jason focuses his civil practice on matters involving employment, insurance, professional liability, and health care. He has substantial trial and appellate experience and has served as lead counsel in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

In addition to litigation, Jason works with individual and corporate clients to negotiate employment transitions and partner departures. Jason is the co-founder and editor of Suits by Suits, a legal blog about controversies between executives and their employers.

Jason has assisted clients in responding to investigations by governmental entities, including the Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission, Committees of the House of Representatives, and the Office of Congressional Ethics, and he is also experienced in internal investigations. Jason’s white-collar criminal work has included matters in the following subject areas:

  • FCPA
  • antitrust
  • environmental
  • gambling
  • foreign sanctions
  • money laundering
  • Represented Matthew Lawlor, former CEO of an online banking company, against his former employer in a breach of contract dispute. After an 11-day trial in which Jason cross-examined several key witnesses, the jury awarded Mr. Lawlor a $5.3 million verdict. The case was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2011.”
  • Represented a class of plaintiffs in an action involving allegations of fraud in the sale of limited-benefit insurance policies. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed class certification, and the firm achieved a settlement for the class that was valued in excess of $40 million.
  • Represented the former partner of an investment firm in his lawsuit for breach of an agreement related to his economic participation in that firm. The jury awarded our client $1.1 million for the investment firm’s breach of contract, and the court granted our motion for summary judgment on the investment firm’s counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented client in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented a group of insurance underwriters in a number of insurance coverage actions related to lead paint claims. In one of those actions, we obtained an anti-suit injunction from the New York Appellate Division that precluded a policyholder from litigating a coverage dispute in a foreign forum. In another, the court ruled on summary judgment that our clients’ policies did not cover the insured’s settlement of a claim.
  • Delivered oral argument in the New York Appellate Division in an insurance subrogation case and in the D.C. Court of Appeals in a complex criminal matter.
  • Defended insurance brokerage firm against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and breach of contract in connection with municipal construction insurance.
  • Represented an environmental manager in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA into violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the discharge of a pollutant. After multiple presentations and interviews, the government declined to prosecute our client.
  • Represented a member of Congress in highly publicized congressional investigations and an inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

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  • Barrister, William B. Bryant American Inn of Court
  • Treasurer, Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit