KELLY A. KNIGHT, ESQ.

  • Available in Los Angeles, Central Coast, Orange County
  • Mediation Only

Introduction

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.”

Specialties

  • All types of employment matters including class action and PAGA, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, disability accommodations, and more
  • Personal Injury including auto, premises liability, and more
  • Business/Contractual
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Property

Hobbies & Interests

Kelly is a fan of NBA basketball, jazz music, and strategy board gaming.

Website

https://www.kknightmediation.com/

Testimonials

"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

"Kelly was calm and optimistic when we were losing steam. His attitude and commitment to the case, including his willingness to put in the extra hours helped us get the case settled. He was extremely respectful, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I like that Kelly really took the time to read and understand our brief. This case was very important to the client, and Kelly showed that he was aware of that.”
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Dispute

"I’ve never seen a mediator as well-prepared as Kelly. He conducted a pre-mediation call, and knew the facts of our case (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 which included both sides’ strengths, weaknesses and pressure points (he wouldn’t let me see it though). Kelly effectively used those pressure points on both sides all day long, and was super aggressive and tenacious (not in an offensive way, but a mild-mannered tenacious way, if that makes sense)."
- Attorney on an employment wrongful-termination and wage-and-hour matter

“Mr. Knight was very patient and methodical with regard to the complicated legal and factual issues. He was also very respectful to the client.”
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Dispute

"He was tenacious. He knew the risks and explained them well. He had a great attitude."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment Dispute

"You went way, way above and beyond. We can't thank you enough."
- Attorney on a catastrophic personal-injury case

"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

Mr. Knight was knowledgeable about employment.
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Matter

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-time Mediator at Judicate West (2018-Present)
  • MSC Settlement Officer, L.A. County Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program (2017-Present)
  • Panel Mediator, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2018-Present)
  • Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of Kelly A. Knight, practicing employment, personal injury, medical malpractice, business litigation, class action, and more (2009-2014; 2016-2018)
  • Shareholder/Partner, The deRubertis Law Firm, APC, practicing complex employment, personal injury, class action, and more (2014-2016)
  • Litigation Associate, Miller Barondess, LLP, practicing complex business litigation (2006-2009)
  • Claims Professional, Liberty Mutual (2002-2003)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Southern California (2006)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1998-2002)
  • Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case (2018)
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (Current)
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (2004-Current), Board of Governors (2006-2014)
  • Member, Japanese American Bar Association

Legal Experience

  • All types of employment matters including class action and PAGA, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, disability accommodations, and more
  • Personal Injury including auto, premises liability, and more
  • Business/Contractual
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Property

Recent Representative Cases


Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

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Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

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Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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