Mr. Knauf is the founder and senior attorney of Knauf Associates. He has practiced civil litigation for more than 20 years, has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, including school districts, and provided training and consulting services to public, private, and non-profit entities. Mr. Knauf enjoys associating co-counsel to provide a team approach to complex cases.

Professional and Bar Association Memberships

  • Westside Center for Independent Living – Board member
  • City of Santa Monica Disabilities Commission
    - Founding Member (2000-2015)
    - Chair (2006-09)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities – Honorary Board Member

Education

  • University of Southern California – Gould School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.

With a background in government and community service, Mr. Knauf has devoted his legal career to public interest pursuits. Starting in a highly  competitive fellowship at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, a premier Los Angeles public interest firm, Mr. Knauf assisted low income clients with landlord/tenant disputes and unlawful detainer litigation, consumer fraud and debt collection litigation, Social Security and SSI appeals, and a variety of other legal matters.

Upon completing the Bet Tzedek fellowship, Mr. Knauf was awarded another public interest fellowship with the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (now the Disability Rights Legal Center), located on the campus of Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Knauf thanks the WLCDR for having opened the door to the field of disability rights as well as his own greater disability awareness.

While at the WLCDR, Mr. Knauf litigated multi-plaintiff and class action disability rights cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related California and federal laws. Working with a team of talented attorneys, often with pro bono counsel from private law firms, Mr. Knauf's cases:

  • Improved accessibility at various major entertainment venues in 
    Los Angeles.
  • Educated numerous private businesses and government entities 
    in improving relations with customers with disabilities.
  • Obtained compensation for numerous plaintiffs with disabilities 
    subjected to unlawful discrimination by:
             - taxi companies
             - private adoption agency
             - fitness center
             - entertainment venues
             - police departments
             - universities 

Following his years at the WLCDR, Mr. Knauf joined the public agency law firm of Lozano Smith, where he represented school districts and community college districts, primarily in the areas of special education and employment related litigation. He also presented law firm and school district trainings on disability awareness issues.


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