Kelly A. Knight has in-depth experience in matters involving employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage-and-hour, class actions, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims; all types of personal injury; professional malpractice; and business/contractual matters. He started his litigation career in a high-profile law firm representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business and employment matters. Kelly also gained valuable insights as a claims professional for a national carrier.
While in private practice, he successfully resolved a high-profile, complex dispute after he was sought out by community leaders to mediate based on his proven people skills and legal acumen. This kindled his passion for mediation, and he went on to join the L.A. Superior Court PI CRASH program and U.S. District court mediation panel and began privately mediating matters, gaining invaluable experience and continuing to fuel his growing enthusiasm for resolving disputes as a neutral. With an expanding record for success and growing reputation, Kelly decided to make the transition to full-time mediator.
Heralded for his quick study habits and calm demeanor, Kelly has a knack for mastering cutting-edge legal issues and utilizing a multitude of strategies and approaches to help bring closure for all parties. One attorney commented, “I’ve never seen a mediator as well-prepared as Kelly. He conducted a pre-mediation call and knew the facts (and the law) like the back of his hand. He arrived at the mediation with a multi-page outline, which included his own research, and that included both sides’ strengths, weaknesses, and pressure points. Kelly effectively used those pressure points on both sides all day long and was aggressive and tenacious.”
Kelly is a fan of NBA basketball, jazz music, and strategy board gaming.
"Kelly is a hardworking, keenly knowledgeable, strategic, and personable mediator. I immensely enjoyed working with him, as did my client."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Dispute
"Thanks for all your support in getting it done for us. Most of all, thank you for listening to the law and taking the time to test the accuracy of what I was claiming. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when a full day mediation goes by with little discussion on the actual case law. "
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Dispute
"Kelly did a great job as usual. He is top-notch. Definitely one of my favorite mediators. "
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment case
"Was very sympathetic to my client. Took the time to listen and understand how she was feeling. Good discussion about legal and damages issues"
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment Matter
"Our experience with Kelly Knight was great. He was personable, effective, and we reached a settlement. "
- Chair of Employment Law Group at a Top Firm
"Kelly was great. Virtual was great. It is the wave of the future.
- Attorney on an Employment PAGA matter
""Thanks again for your help today. I've never seen a mediator work so hard. You did really really good for both sides and made persuasive arguments that got us even below our bottom line and left with my client feeling good about the settlement.""
- Attorney on a property-damage matter
"Just wanted to reiterate what a great job you did today. I really appreciate all your efforts, and I’m sure [opposing counsel] does, too. Thank you for saving our clients from themselves."
- Attorney on a multi-plaintiff wage-and-hour matter
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