PH. 904.356.1306

Partner

Andrew J. Knight II

Contact information ajknight@mppkj.com

904.421.8428

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Areas of Practice

  • Complex civil litigation
  • Maritime law
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Product liability and personal injury defense
  • Railroad law

Education

  • Ole Miss B.B.A., 1980
  • University of Florida College of Law J.D. with honors, 1982

Admissions

  • Florida (1983)
  • Georgia (1988)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

For over 30 years, Jay Knight has defended freight and passenger railroads in a wide variety of cases. His trial practice also includes maritime defense and general civil defense of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damages cases. Raised in Jacksonville, Mr. Knight returned home and joined the firm after law school graduation in 1982 and became a partner six years later.

He has argued cases in state and federal courts in Florida and South Georgia for Class 1 railroads, short line railroads, maritime businesses and a variety of individual clients. Mr. Knight has tried to verdict Federal Employers Liability Act, Jones Act, and railroad crossing accident cases, as well as other civil injury, wrongful death and property damage cases. Certified as a mediator in 1997, he has also mediated many Florida cases and managed and prepared cases for mediation conferences to help secure favorable resolutions for his clients.

From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Knight served as the international president of the Propeller Club of the United States, a worldwide maritime organization with members from every sector of the industry. He currently serves as an appointed member of the Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee.

Associations/ Memberships/ Distinctions

  • American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench, Chester Bedell Inn of Court)
  • Certified Circuit and County Court Mediator
  • Mediator, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter (President, 1997-1998)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Jacksonville Port Director, 1999-2000)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Propeller Club of the United States (International President, 1999-2001)

Awards / Recognitions

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Jacksonville Maritime Person of the Year 1997-1998
  • AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

  • Andrew J. Knight II, Admiralty Jurisdiction, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

    2005