James N. Knight
Education and Military Service
I graduated from Vanderbilt University on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, I was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and spent eight years as a Naval Aviator, flying helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft on assignments throughout the United States and the world.
During my military service, I earned a Masters’ Degree in Management from Troy State University. I knew however, that I would attend law school and I matriculated at the University of Florida College of Law days after leaving the Navy. While at the University of Florida, I was the Articles Editor of the University of Florida Law Review and I earned my law degree with High Honors and Order of the Coif.
Legal Experience and Client Commitment
After graduating from the University of Florida, I associated with the Irvine office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, an international law firm of 1,000 attorneys. My practice was dedicated to complex business litigation and I gained experience in a number of substantive areas of law, including antitrust, securities, bankruptcy, labor and employment law and class actions.
While at the firm, I represented Fortune 100 clients in a myriad of industries, including commercial real estate management, pharmaceutical manufacturing and health care benefits. I represented these clients in a variety of forums, including federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution proceedings throughout the United States.
In 2009, I formed my own law firm in Irvine, California with a simple goal: To provide sophisticated legal representation to individuals and companies in the areas of corporate and employment law and litigation, and do so with a common sense and cost-effective approach to each engagement.
Like my clients, I am focused on results. My experience encompasses a broad array of substantive law and I will work with you to obtain the best result possible. My experience describes me, but it does not define me.
An attorney is more than a mouthpiece – he is an integral part of your business planning and the protector of your interests. My firm is based on this principle and I look forward to discussing how I can assist you.
I believe that attorneys should be involved in the community and the local bar. To that purpose, I am currently involved in a number of different civic and legal organizations, including the Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court at Chapman University College of Law, and the Orange County and American Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Orange County Regional Leadership Council for the Special Olympics Southern California and was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County.
Admissions and Professional Affiliations
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court
- All Federal Districts in California
- United States Tax Court
- State Bar of California
- Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court at Chapman University College of Law
- Special Olympics Southern California
- Orange County Bar Association
- American Bar Association