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Nossaman LLP

Steven E. Knott


T 213.312.8358
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Steven Knott is a litigator and policyholder insurance recovery attorney who has tried over forty jury and bench trials as lead counsel on cases covering a wide range of issues including fraud, breach of contract, construction claims, unfair competition, class action insurance recovery, groundwater contamination, computer network disputes, insurance program advice, petroleum franchise disputes, and asbestos bodily injury defense. He also provides review and analysis of insurance and indemnity provisions for infrastructure contract documents and teams with owner’s representatives in assessment and resolution of disputes with contractors.

Mr. Knott has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Courts of Appeal and has briefed a case before the United States Supreme Court to defeat certiorari.   He has represented clients such as PepsiAmericas, Crane Co., Sunoco, Lockheed Martin, Philips Electronics, among others, in breach of contract, fraud, CERCLA, insurance disputes, business torts, and counseling in contract negotiations. Mr. Knott also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.

Before pursuing a career in law, Mr. Knott served as a field artillery cannon battery officer in the United States Marine Corps, First Marine Amphibious Brigade and as a non-lawyer prosecutor.  He prosecuted eighty-three contested misconduct administrative hearings and twelve courts martial. He has also worked with the Los Angeles Trial Attorney Project as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney and the Los Angeles District Attorney.

He has been selected to the Super Lawyers List and is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell.

Representative Work

  • Texas Department of Transportation Worked on witness interviews and fact gathering for response to claim regarding change orders and value engineering for a highway construction project.
  • Texas Department of Transportation Worked on evidence gathering and advice regarding railway construction windows for highway project and change orders pertaining to same.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Provided legal opinions and advice on construction claims regarding adjacent properties in tunneling operations and also provided advice regarding contractual indemnity options and insurance coverage under first party and third party insurance.
  • Energy Company.  Led litigation team defending publicly traded energy company and various affiliates and employees in federal and state court cases for intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Successfully moved for orders striking multiple complaints against client companies and employees under California's anti-SLAPP statute, recovered attorneys' fees in connection with those motions, and prevailed on appeal challenging the trial court’s grant of one of the anti-SLAPP motions.  
  • Simaan v. Texaco Petroleum Marketing Practices Act trial win and successful defense of the win after argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and thereafter defeated certiorari to the United States Supreme Court
  • Claussen v. Texaco Federal jury trial involving motor fuel service station lease settled during trial
  • Cavalaris v. Texaco State court trial win involving unfair business practice and unconscionability contract challenge
  • Kompanion v. Texaco Arbitration win on market withdrawal, breach of contract, and misrepresentation claims
  • California RWQCB v. Texaco Multiple administrative proceedings involving soil and groundwater contamination defense
  • Texaco v. Douglas Oil Contribution actions leading to comprehensive resolution of disputes throughout California between successive owners of commercial properties
  • Sunoco v. Lloyds of London, et al. Complex insurance coverage action involving thousands of soil and groundwater claims throughout the United States and interlocutory appeals on groundbreaking procedural rules on complex litigation
  • Conoco v. Allianz, et al. Complex insurance coverage action involving thousands of soil and groundwater claims throughout the United States creating bellwether case selection and case management orders used in similar litigation by other cases for following decades
  • Crane Co. v. Allstate, et al. Negotiated settlement with multiple primary, umbrella, and excess insurers covering multiple years to pay defense costs and remediation costs for substance of concern at aerospace manufacturing plant
  • Jeong v. Chevron Texaco, Unocal CERCLA cost recovery action on behalf of commercial landowner against multiple petroleum refiners in federal court resolved in payment of remediation by refiners
  • Military Courts Martial Jury trials, court trials, and administrative hearings before panels of officers in 95 contested cases tried to verdict, judgment, or administrative panel of officers
  • Durham v. Lockheed Martin Corporation Federal officer defense of aerospace manufacturer leading to win in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Flores v. Philips Electronics North America (one of over 12 similar actions) Defense of asbestos bodily injury cases for premises and product liability settled during trial in addition to hundreds of similar claims resolved with summary judgment wins
  • California Regional Water Board v. PepsiAmericas, Inc. Successful win in Federal Court at outset of case on a motion to dismiss with prejudice for procedural errors
  • National RV v. Crane Composites Six week federal jury trial involving fraud, contract, and warranty claims where plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $100 million. The trial involved complex expert damages causation analysis resulting in a clean win and bankruptcy of opponent
  • KJLA v. Charter Communications Capitulation by national cable company in state court on eve of trial involving Federal Communications Commission "must carry" rules where cable company had failed to broadcast television station on cable network
  • United Television Broadcasting Systems v. Rancho Palos Verdes Broadcasters, Inc. State court jury trial resulting in trial judge granting nonsuit at the end of the trial and ultimate business resolution of dispute
  • Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. v. National Union Insurance Company
  • San Diego Padres Insurance recovery counseling
  • Represented a national energy company in litigation arising out of shoring operations that penetrated a cooling water tunnel that flooded the construction site
  • Represented a local power generating station in litigation arising out of the failure of coatings in a maritime environment
  • Represented another power generating station in litigation arising out of multiple change orders that were not approved by the owner

Awards & Honors

American Jurisprudence Awards in Appellate Advocacy

Selected to the Super Lawyers List

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Steven E.  Knott
Steven E.  Knott



J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley



All United States District Courts, California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards & Honors

American Jurisprudence Awards in Appellate Advocacy

Selected to the Super Lawyers List

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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