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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, a litigator with 12 years of experience, represents companies and individuals in high-stakes disputes. Jason is a co-founder and editor of Suits by Suits, a legal blog about the issues that arise between executives and their employers.

In addition to litigation, Jason also helps individual and corporate clients negotiate employment transitions and partner departures prior to formal proceedings.

He also handles white collar criminal defense and government and internal investigations, and he has substantial trial experience. His work has helped his clients obtain multiple million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements.

Jason has also worked closely with clients, including members of Congress, in responding to high-profile investigations by the House of Representatives and the Office of Congressional Ethics. Jason has represented individuals in a range of criminal matters, including:

  • 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. We won a $1.1 million jury verdict for breach of contract and won summary judgment on the defendant’s counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • 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. In another, we won a summary judgment ruling that our clients’ policies did not cover the insured’s settlement of a claim.
  • Defended insurance brokerage firm against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and breach of contract in connection with municipal construction insurance.
  • Represented client in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • 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.
  • Represented two minority shareholders who alleged breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and securities fraud.
  • 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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Professional Affiliations

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

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