Our firm’s founder and principal, Jody McKnight is a Personal Injury Attorney and a native of Charleston, S.C. He attended the University of South Carolina, and earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1987; as well as his law degree, Juris Doctorate in 1993.
Jody is recognized by his peers as an effective trial advocate, with a long track record of significant settlements, resulting in significant verdicts in both State and Federal civil courts in South Carolina. Jody also penned articles in professional magazines on many topics over his many years of service.
The National Trial Lawyers’ Association ranks Mr. McKnight in its “Top 100” and has done so since 2011.
Jody McKnight is selected by his peers as a member of Super Lawyers, which is an organization that recognizes and ranks some of the most prominent, and accomplished lawyers in each state.
Mr. McKnight is involved in many professional organizations as a leader. He is also an active member of and has served on The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Board of Governors for several years.
Jody is a member of the Southern Trial Lawyer Association, (STLA) and has been since 2003, which is an invitation only group of trial attorneys from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.
James v. Anne’s Inc., 386 S.C. 326, 688 S.E.2d 562 (2010), rev’d on reh’g, 390 S.C. 188, 701 S.E.2d. 730 (2010), the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed it’s original 3-2 decision into a unanimous 5-0 victory in favor of Mr. McKnight’s client and all disabled workers in the State of South Carolina. This decision eliminated a legally impermissible extra-judicial negotiation model, where South Carolina’s disabled workers were routinely forced to abandon rights and remedies afforded under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Mr. McKnight personally funded and charged no fees for his appellate work in that case, because it was the right thing to do; overriding principles of justice required that the issue be finally decided, to protect South Carolina’s workers.
Jody McKnight as well as his entire team at McKnight Law Firm works hard for the people of the State of South Carolina every day to above all, “balance the scales of justice.”
Physician Re-Direct Examination: Focus on Context and Science to Uncloak the Black Hat, August 11, 2014, JUSTLAW, Southern Trial Lawyers Association Magazine
South Carolina Supreme Court Landmark Decision by way of Rehearing, February 2011, JUSTLAW, Southern Trial Lawyers Association Magazine
Unite and Conquer with a Local Trial Lawyer Workshop, May 2001, South Carolina Trial Lawyer Association Bulletin
Offensive and Defensive Non-Mutual Collateral Estoppel: Due Process Implications of the Sword and Shield, May 1997, South Carolina Trial Lawyer Association Bulletin
Advanced Trial Tactics, Opening Statement and Direct Examination, National Business Institute Seminar, December, 2017
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, From Start to Finish National Business Institute Seminar, February, 2020
Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff’s Strategies: Using Doctor Testimony to Your Advantage National Business Institute Seminar, August, 2020