Richard M. Knoth

Partner

Cleveland
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"[Dick Knoth] has broad capabilities across the dispute resolution spectrum, and is noted as a proficient and recognized advocate at the trial and appellate levels."

— Chambers USA 2013

Overview

With more than 30 years of trial experience, Dick Knoth has developed a strong practice in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law. He has first-chair experience on behalf of national and international companies in jury and bench trials in courts throughout the country. In addition, Dick has argued more than 50 appeals in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Given his background in corporate governance and his keen strategic sense, Dick is often called upon to represent companies undergoing government investigations.

Dick is ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of General Commercial Litigation and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©.

Select Experience

  • Prosecuted software conversion/misappropriation claims and obtained a favorable seven-figure jury verdict, punitive damages and permanent injunction in a California multifaceted enterprise resource planning (ERP) litigation. 
  • Defended patent claims and pursued third-party contribution/indemnity in federal court involving developing technology in the field of digital satellite transmission.
  • Represented a client in long-term shipping disputes concerning trade practices of navigable waters. Included pursuing claims and defenses before a jury and successful resolution of third-party claims.
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Experience

  • Prosecuted software conversion/misappropriation claims and obtained a favorable seven-figure jury verdict, punitive damages and permanent injunction in a California multifaceted enterprise resource planning (ERP) litigation. 
  • Defended patent claims and pursued third-party contribution/indemnity in federal court involving developing technology in the field of digital satellite transmission.
  • Represented a client in long-term shipping disputes concerning trade practices of navigable waters. Included pursuing claims and defenses before a jury and successful resolution of third-party claims.
  • Represented corporate clients in government investigations relating to trade practices in fields including the technology, healthcare and energy industries.
  • Pursued trade secret/unfair competition claims in microfilm technology and innovations regarding the state-of-the-art processing of health and hygiene products.
  • Defended patent claims related to display media technology, including transmission mediums, in several jurisdictions.
  • Prosecuting multifaceted actions relating to copyrighted software and license agreements in the ERP field with the ongoing monitoring of claims.
  • Prosecutes property interests in the oil and gas industry.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation in Ohio (2012 to 2014)
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Trial Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2011 to 2018)
    • Cleveland: Commercial Litigation
    • Cleveland: Litigation – Intellectual Property
    • Cleveland: Litigation – Patent
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Port Authority
    • Director, appointed and re-appointed by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Commissioners
    • Former Vice Chair
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing: Board of Advisors
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: Trustee/Strategic Planning
    • Financial Advisor
    • Trustee
  • Beaumont School for Girls
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, Cleveland
    • Board of Trustees
    • Former Board Chair
    • Former Treasurer/Director of Finance
  • Opera Cleveland: Board of Trustees

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1993
  • Texas, 2004
  • Ohio, 1989
  • Illinois, 1983
  • Indiana, 1983

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1983
  • A.B., Boston College, 1980, cum laude