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Nossaman LLP

Paul L. Knight

Of Counsel

T 202.887.1470
F 202.466.3215
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006

Paul Knight, formerly of O'Connor & Hannan LLP, is a litigator with more than three decades of public and private sector experience.  He focuses his practice on white collar defense, assisting clients with complex internal investigations and litigation defense.  Mr. Knight's clients range from large corporations facing alleged corporate wrongdoing, to government officials facing grand jury investigations, to attorneys facing bar investigations.

Mr. Knight also advises clients in connection with foreign commerce regulations under criminal and civil statutes.  Such representations involve matters arising under the Arms Export Control Act, the Trading with the Enemy Act, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.   

Mr. Knight excels at developing thorough, winning strategies, informed by his previous work as a successful federal prosecutor.  He served as both a trial and supervising attorney with the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia.  Mr. Knight also served as the Associate Director of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime.

Mr. Knight is active outside the office with pro bono and charitable activities.  He has served for 12 years on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility.  He lectures on legal issue to law schools, law firms, and CLE programs.  He serves on several non-profit boards and committees. He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
 

Representative Work

  • Represented a medical doctor charged with 82 counts of healthcare fraud for alleged upcoding and misrepresentations to insurance carriers.  After a four week trial, the doctor was acquitted on all counts.

  • Represented a corporate president accused of defrauding a state utility of over $50 million through inflated contracts. All charges were dismissed mid-trial.

  • Represented a company bookkeeper charged with conspiracy to commit income tax violations for placing his personal expenses on corporate books.  The charge was dismissed after a hung jury.

  • Represented a corporate official in federal debarment action proposed by the U.S.  Air Force for procurement fraud.

  • Represented union officials charged with criminal labor law violations and union administrative charges.

  • Represented individuals charged with bribery of governmental officials.

  • Represented individuals charged with income tax evasion.

Awards & Honors

United States Attorney's Office Harold Sullivan Award.

Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance.

IRS Regional Commissioner's Award.

Special Achievement Awards from the Department of Justice.

Named a Washington, DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2010 to 2016.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Paul L. Knight
Paul L. Knight

Practices

Education

Prettyman Program, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977

J.D, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1975

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1971

Admissions

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association, White Collar Committee

Awards & Honors

United States Attorney's Office Harold Sullivan Award.

Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance.

IRS Regional Commissioner's Award.

Special Achievement Awards from the Department of Justice.

Named a Washington, DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2010 to 2016.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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