Steven Knott has served as lead counsel in over forty jury and bench trials on cases spanning a wide range of issues including fraud, breach of contract, change order disputes, unfair competition, groundwater contamination, computer networks, insurance, petroleum franchises, and asbestos bodily injury defense as national counsel.
Mr. Knott has argued 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. Among his clients are PepsiAmericas, Crane Co., Sunoco, Lockheed Martin, NRG Energy, Textron Inc., Precision Castparts Corp., and Philips Electronics.
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 been featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” and is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell.
- 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
Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer"
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell