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

  • Line Editor, Journal of Law and Technology

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

  • Morehead Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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Jason M. Knott

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Jason M. Knott is a litigator who focuses his practice on business and employment disputes, white collar criminal defense, and government investigations. He has substantial trial experience and has helped the firm’s clients win multiple million-dollar jury verdicts.

In civil cases, Mr. Knott has represented companies and individuals in disputes over contracts, employment termination, shareholder rights, insurance coverage, patent infringement, and judgment collections. He has also assisted a number of clients in negotiating employment transitions and partner departures prior to any formal proceedings. In addition to his client-specific work in this area, Mr. Knott is a co-founder and contributing editor of the blog Suits by Suits, which discusses legal issues that arise between executives and their employers.

Mr. Knott has represented individuals in criminal matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust, environmental, gambling, foreign sanctions, and money laundering laws. He has also worked closely with clients, including a member of Congress, in responding to high-profile investigations by the House of Representatives and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Mr. Knott graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2003. During law school, he served on the Journal of Law and Technology and interned for the Hon. G. Ross Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts; and Prof. Lucian Bebchuk. He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, where he was a Morehead Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional Highlights

  • 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 Mr. Knott 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. After the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed class certification, the firm achieved a settlement for the class that was valued in excess of $40 million.
  • In a representation of insurance underwriters, obtained an anti-suit injunction precluding a policyholder from litigating a coverage dispute in a foreign forum.
  • The firm brought a number of claims on behalf of the former CEO of a pioneering online banking company who had been forced out by a large investor. After an 11-day trial, our client was awarded a verdict of $5.3 million. The case was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2011.”
  • Zuckerman Spaeder represents the former partner of an investment firm in his lawsuit for breach of an agreement related to his economic participation in that firm. We defeated the defendant’s motion for summary judgment on breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation claims, and won summary judgment on the defendant’s counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • We represented a class of plaintiffs in hard-fought litigation involving alleged fraud and deceptive practices in sales of limited-benefit insurance products and discount programs. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s order approving class certification. We also defeated numerous summary judgment motions, and the case settled just before trial, with the class receiving benefits valued in excess of $40 million.
  • The firm has represented a group of insurance underwriters in a number of 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.
  • We represented an environmental manager in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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.
  • We represented two minority shareholders who alleged breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and securities fraud. In the week-long trial, Mr. Knott examined multiple witnesses and argued issues related to jury instructions.
  • Represented an oil and gas development company against a consultant’s claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and fraud based on an alleged promise to pay a “success fee.” The case settled during discovery. 

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