Dan Knecht (that’s with a hard “K”) grew up in Finneytown and Springfield Township, the middle of three siblings and the only boy. His mother was a hospice nurse for more than 15 years, and his father retired from management after 35 years at UPS. Dan says he’s like his dad in that he’s easy going, and he’s a funny guy. He says he’s like his mom in that he is competitive and has a stubborn streak. Like most, he’s a product of his family. He grew up with Sunday dinners at his grandparents’ house. His role models were his dad and his dad’s brothers more than someone whose name you might have heard before.
Even before he went off to college, he had an interest in law. But he took a job out of undergraduate school with the world’s largest distributor of music CDs. Apple had just introduced the iPod and iTunes, so the world of music CDs had a couple more years before it would implode. Dan left shortly before that happened.
“I watched an industry die. And I learned that even if you have good people, and we did, you really have to anticipate. You have to think ahead of the curve.”
Dan has field-vision in litigation. He has a knack (silent “k”) for seeing the next moves and understanding how things are likely to shake out. He can value cases, assess exposure, and identify strengths and weaknesses. His personality and experience allow him to keep a cool head in otherwise stressful situations. These tools help him advise clients from a macro-perspective, and ultimately guide them to press for trial or capture resolution on favorable terms.
Dan practices in the areas of Complex Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction and Environmental Litigation, Employment Litigation, Class Litigation, and appellate work. His broad practice stems from being routinely asked to assist with complex and high-stakes cases, regardless of which category is applied to the fact pattern. Stated another way: Tough cases need good litigators, and Dan’s made a career out of working tough cases. In addition to formally litigating and trying cases, Dan advises clients on contract issues and assists with pre-suit dispute resolution.
Dan is a 2010 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he earned his J.D. He also earned a B.S. in Business from Indiana University 's Kelley School of Business in 2005. As a Cincinnati native, Dan is glad to be practicing in his hometown and currently lives in North Avondale with his wife Cicely and two children.
Dan was also part of the team representing Bill Yung, president of Northern Kentucky based Columbia Sussex Corporation, when Kenton District Judge Patricia Summe awarded the Yungs a $100M judgment against Grant Thornton.