Personal Injury Litigation
New York, 1991
Western District of New York, 1991
Brian Knauth joined LoTempio Law Group in 2018 after running the personal injury department for a prominent Buffalo law firm. He recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the practice of law. Over the last 18 years, Knauth represented clients who suffered injuries resulting from the neglect and fault of others. He obtained millions in compensation for his clients injured in construction accidents, car accidents, slip and falls, from defective products, unsafe conditions on property, and as a result of acts of medical malpractice. Knauth has tried cases in courts throughout New York State including cases against the State of New York in the Court of Claims. Outside of New York State, he has represented New York residents who suffered injuries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, Oklahoma, and Canada. In addition, Knauth gets referrals from out of state attorneys who have clients injured in New York State.
Knauth has argued cases at the Appellate Division for the Fourth Department in New York State. Worth mentioning, he successfully challenged the State Dental Association’s practices for disputes involving patients, won a case involving a woman who ingested glass from a dessert at a dinner party, and recently convinced the Appellate Division Justices to overturn a trial judge who granted the defendant summary judgment dismissing a slip and fall case. Our client who underwent multiple surgical procedures will now get her chance to take her case to a jury.
Knauth successfully tried a case against the State of New York and obtained just compensation for his client. The facts were quite unique. The client was attacked by a rabid fox in a New York State Park. After extensive discovery and depositions, Knauth brought a motion seeking judgement against the State for failing to protect his client when the State had prior notice of the rabid fox in the Park. The Court of Claims granted his motion, and the State then appealed. Knauth convinced the Appellate Judges to agree with the Court of Claims Judge and uphold judgement against the State. Still the State refused to settle the case, so then Knauth won the trial for monetary damages. The Buffalo News printed an extensive article on the case.
With extensive experience as an athlete and then a coach, Knauth represents clients involved in investigations in to alleged NCAA violations.
Prior to changing his practice to representing injured victims, Knauth defended large corporations, insurance companies, and self-insured product
manufacturers. He brings this knowledge and experience representing the defense side and work with insurance companies to his representation of clients injured through the fault of others. Currently, Knauth handles defense matters for corporate clients involving personal injuries and commercial disputes.
Knauth actively volunteers in the community. Presently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. During this pandemic, Knauth worked closely with the Superintendent and the Educational Leadership Team to prepare the School facilities and to bring the students back for in-person instruction. The School also implemented a Covid-19 testing program for teachers, staff and students to screen for possible Covid cases and to protect the School population. The School continues with 4-day a week in-person instruction.
Knauth is a member of the New York State Bar Association. He is also a member of the NY Criminal & Civil Courts Bar Association.
Knauth graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, and served as the First Counselor. While at Wake Forest, he earned a degree in education. After graduation, Knauth moved to Atlanta, Georgia and taught fifth grade and then eighth grade mathematics. In Atlanta, he met with wife who was originally from Lackawanna, New York. After getting married in Atlanta, he and his wife returned to Buffalo. Knauth attended the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Knauth was a member of Law Review, serving as Note and Comment editor, and graduated with honors.
Knauth and his wife have three children and 5 granddaughters.
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
Editor: Buffalo Law Review, 1988 to 1990
Wake Forest University
B.A. Cum laude - 1983
Major: Intermediate Education with a concentration in mathematics
NYS Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
NY Criminal & Civil Courts Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys PLLC, Personal Injury Attorney, 2000 - 2018
Tarantino Law Firm, Partner, Litigation, 1995 - 2000
Sigma Pi Fraternity
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