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THOMAS J. KNECHT

Thomas Knecht represents businesses and entrepreneurs involved in commercial litigation. His clients range from large companies and household names to small businesses and local sole proprietors. Thomas also has experience in investigations—defending clients while in private practice and pursuing targets while in government service. 

 

Before joining MADEL PA, Thomas was the Oversight & Investigations Counsel for a committee with the U.S. House of Representatives. He led investigations of executive agencies to combat waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. Additionally, Thomas investigated the manipulation and misuse of nonprofits by foreign interests seeking to influence U.S. policy decisions. 

 

Previously, Thomas was in private practice where he worked predominantly on business, real estate, and shareholder rights litigation. In doing so, Thomas developed first-chair trial experience and considerable experience taking depositions, arguing dispositive motions, and leading mediations. Additionally, Thomas represented a variety of clients in state, federal, and internal investigations. Thomas has also advised nonprofits and political campaigns on legal, fundraising, and public policy issues. 

 

In law school, Thomas participated in the Securities Law Clinic and the State Attorney General Practicum. He also interned with the Special Prosecutions Unit of a county attorney’s office where he assisted the prosecution of white-collar crime, economic fraud, computer crimes, and related offenses. 

 

Thomas grew up on a small farm and worked for his father’s concrete foundation company throughout his early life. He enjoys reading, walking, and ice hockey. 

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Phone:  612-400-9023

representative cases

  • Civil Litigation

    • First-chair trial counsel for a real estate investment company in a seller’s disclosure dispute. 

    • Counsel for plaintiffs, Minnesota farmers, who made nearly a half million-dollar investment in a fraudulent Central American tourism company. The case settled in mediation after Thomas deposed the lead defendant who, among other things, refused to explain the reason for previously undisclosed payments to local government officials from company funds.  

    • Represented minority shareholders—including public pension funds, alternative investment companies, and individual shareholders—in various corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duty, derivative, and class-action lawsuits. The disputed transactions ranged from six-figures to more than $10 billion.  

    • Represented several biotech companies in separate patent infringement and contract disputes.

  • Internal Investigations

    • Investigated the improper influence of controlling shareholders in multiple corporate governance and minority-shareholder disputes.

    • Conducted an internal investigation of an American software company after reports that the company failed to disclose material weaknesses in SEC filings.

    • Represented individuals and companies involved in Department of Justice and state Attorney General investigations.

             PLEASE NOTE: All cases are different and past results do not predict future case outcomes.

pro bono experience

  • Represented indigent tenants in various eviction cases

bar admissions

  • Minnesota

  • Massachusetts

 

education

  • Cornell Law School

    • Juris Doctor, 2017

    • Senior Notes Editor—Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy

  • London School of Economics

    • M.S.c. in Economic History, 2013

    • Dissertation: U.K. Economic Policymaking for Scotland, 1950-1979 (accepted with distinction)​

  • University of Connecticut

    • B.A., magna cum laude in Political Science and Economics, 2011

    • Rockwood Q.P. Chin Scholarship for Excellence in Economics

    • Honors Scholar in Political Science

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