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Laura J. McKnight

Of Counsel

P 612-359-1776 F 612-341-0609


Laura J. McKnight


Laura McKnight is of counsel in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Laura is a trial lawyer defending employers in federal and state courts, administrative agencies and before arbitration panels on a wide range of employment issues- discrimination, harassment, retaliation (including False Claims Act and whistleblower cases), defamation, negligence and violations of non-solicitation and non-competition agreements.

She also regularly counsels clients in all aspects of personnel decisions including disciplinary issues, reductions in force, drafting and enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements and drafts executives employment contracts for employers.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she served as co-chair of the employment group at a mid-size litigation firm in Minneapolis.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Individuals" and "Employment Law - Management" (2015-present)
  • Legal 500 USA, "Recommended Attorney" (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV Preeminent - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2019)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® (1999-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (membership limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Avinity, Board of Directors
  • Bethel University, Board of Trustees
  • Bethel University Foundation, Board of Governors
  • Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Vice Chancellor
  • Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association (MVNA), Former Board Chair