Katherine L. McKnight

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Kate McKnight practices commercial litigation and election law, counseling clients in voting rights and redistricting litigation and in the resolution of business and tax disputes. Kate litigates in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and has particular experience in federal courts, including the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket” and in the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Election Law
  • Defended the 2011 redistricting plan drawn by the Virginia House of Delegates against claims of racial gerrymandering in the case brought before a three-judge panel in the Eastern District of Virginia (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections).
  • Represents the Virginia House of Delegates against a claim brought by plaintiffs alleging that the 2011 redistricting plans drawn by both the Virginia House and Senate violate the Virginia Constitution’s requirement that all districts be drawn to be compact.
Commercial Litigation
  • Lead trial attorney in a breach of contract case in the Eastern District of Virginia involving an issue of piercing the corporate veil. 
  • Defended an equipment manufacturer from antitrust claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Tax Controversy, Litigation and Corporate Investigations
  • Represented a multinational financial institution facing a federal grand jury investigation for allegedly assisting U.S. taxpayers in evading their U.S. tax obligations.
  • Represented individuals facing civil and criminal tax investigations involving alleged tax fraud and evasion.
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Experience

Election Law
  • Defended the 2011 redistricting plan drawn by the Virginia House of Delegates against claims of racial gerrymandering in the case brought before a three-judge panel in the Eastern District of Virginia (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections).
  • Represents the Virginia House of Delegates against a claim brought by plaintiffs alleging that the 2011 redistricting plans drawn by both the Virginia House and Senate violate the Virginia Constitution’s requirement that all districts be drawn to be compact.
  • Argued the issue of legislative privilege before the Virginia Supreme Court. 
Commercial Litigation
  • Lead trial attorney in a breach of contract case in the Eastern District of Virginia involving an issue of piercing the corporate veil. 
  • Defended an equipment manufacturer from antitrust claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 
  • Represented a technology/software company in patent litigation in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Worked to develop litigation strategy, prepared and argued motions in limine, jury instructions and other pre-trial matters.
  • Represented a large publicly owned client in anticipation of a contract dispute concerning construction delays. Conducted an extensive internal investigation into the client’s contract performance and developed a defense resulting in a settlement without litigation.
  • Represented a family-owned company in a dispute before the Superior Court in the District of Columbia. Resolved the case through settlement.
Tax Controversy, Litigation and Corporate Investigations
  • Represented a multinational financial institution facing a federal grand jury investigation for allegedly assisting U.S. taxpayers in evading their U.S. tax obligations.
  • Represented individuals facing civil and criminal tax investigations involving alleged tax fraud and evasion.
  • Represented U.S. individuals participating in the IRS' Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs.
  • Served on a team acting as independent examiner for a major Swiss bank.
  • Served as a member of a team acting as court-appointed counsel to SIPA Trustee Irving Picard for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, investigating and recovering assets from offshore hedge funds and international financial institutions.
  • Represented a large publicly owned client in a controversy with the Commonwealth of Virginia concerning real property tax overpayments. Filed a complaint and negotiated a settlement for the entire monetary amount with counsel for the Commonwealth.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Medal of Excellence (2008)
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

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Pro Bono

  • Represented tenants facing residential eviction in the Landlord/Tenant Branch of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and helped negotiate a settlement allowing tenants to remain in their home.

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Claude M. Hilton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Virginia, 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • New York, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2008, Dean's List; Editor-in-Chief, Minnesota Journal of International Law
  • B.A., Brown University, 2000