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.