Michael D. Knox

Michael D. Knox

Staff Attorney

Michael D. Knox

Staff Attorney

Michael Knox looks for creative and practical ways to help his clients resolve complex legal disputes.

He  has represented a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, gaming companies, contractors, real estate developers, and small business owners over the course of his career. Because litigation can have such a profound and lasting effect on his clients, Michael works closely with them to identify  a strategy that will maximize the opportunity for a successful outcome while minimizing the potential disruption to the client’s life and business. Michael has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation from inception to resolution, including pleading, motion practice, discovery, settlement and trial. Clients rely on that experience to help them work through difficult legal issues, and obtain successful results when they become involved in a legal dispute.     

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on gender discrimination and equal pay act claims against a renewable energy company, and then drafted the appellate brief for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the trial court’s decision.
  • Successfully defended a claim for tortious interference with a contractual relationship asserted against one of the world’s largest providers of electronic gaming devices and entertainment systems. Prevailed on summary judgment and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees and costs. Successfully defeated the plaintiff’s appellate challenge of that award to the Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 residential developer in various construction defect claims brought by home purchasers. Additionally represented that client before local, state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Successfully opposed a motion to compel deposition testimony from a client on the basis of spousal privilege.
  • Represented a commercial developer in an action arising out of a purchase agreement, and obtained summary judgment in favor of the client.
  • Represented a commercial developer in action to recover possession of real property, and obtained judgment against the tenants for amounts due pursuant to the lease.
  • Represented mining company against several lawsuits brought by contractors, and asserted counterclaims for deficiencies in the work they provided.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • President, Nevada Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Board Member, Nevada Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2008-present
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Nevada Bar Association
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association

Honors And Rankings

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nevada Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2013-2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Ruben B. Brooks, 2002

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