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H. Vincent McKnight Jr. - Washington, DC

700 Pennsylvania Avenue SESuite 300 Washington, DC 20003

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Overview

H. Vincent "Vince" McKnight, Jr., is a managing Partner at Sanford Heisler's Washington, D.C., office, a national law firm with offices in Washington DC, New York and California. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1978.

Mr. McKnight is Co-Chair with John McKnight of Sanford Heisler's whistleblower practice...

H. Vincent "Vince" McKnight, Jr., is a managing Partner at Sanford Heisler's Washington, D.C., office, a national law firm with offices in Washington DC, New York and California. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1978.

Mr. McKnight is Co-Chair with John McKnight of Sanford Heisler's whistleblower practice. In that capacity, he represents whistleblowers in numerous sealed and unsealed False Claims Act/Qui Tam suits under investigation by the United States and other governmental stakeholders. Mr. McKnight also represents whistleblowers in active litigation, including in the unsealed non-intervened litigation, United States ex rel Cox v. Smith & Nephew, alleging unlawful sales of medical devices under government contracts arising from the manufacturer's violations of the Trade Agreements Act.

Mr. McKnight has achieved significant success in cases brought under the federal False Claims Act, including the representation of whistleblowers in a series of actions alleging that office products companies were illegally selling products from non-compliant countries such as China to the U.S. government in violation of the Trade Agreements Act and General Services Administration (GSA) policies. For example, Mr. McKnight was co-lead counsel for a Relator who was the Government Contracting Director for Network Appliances (NetApp) in a whistleblower matter which resulted in the then-largest GSA procurement fraud settlement in history.

His experience extends to service on professional panel presentations on the False Claims Act at Taxpayers Against Fraud Conferences and American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) conventions. Mr. McKnight also served as faculty at the ABA's 6th Annual National Institute on the False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement in 2006. He is the co-founder of the Qui Tam Litigation Sub-group for ATLA. Mr. McKnight co-authored "Causes of Action by Employee for Retaliation and Reprisal Pursuant to the False Claims Act, 31 USC Section 3730 (h)" Causes of Action 2d 217, Section 2 (West 2003). He also authored Biomechanics of VDT Carpal Tunnel Cases, Trial (June 1991).

Mr. McKnight also litigates cases on behalf of plaintiffs in claims involving the Federal Employers Liability Act, employment discrimination, and medical malpractice. He is renowned for arguing and winning a case in which the D.C. Court of Appeals first departed from the employment-at-will doctrine in the District of Columbia.

Mr. McKnight was twice honored by Law Dragon as one of "500 Rising Stars" and as one of the "Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America." He has consistently received a rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubble and was selected as one of the organization's "Best Lawyers in America." In 2014, Mr. McKnight was selected by The Legal Network as a "Top Lawyer in Maryland." He has previously been named among The Best Lawyers in America and recognized as a "top DC attorney" in Super Lawyers. Mr. McKnight is a member of the American Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association.

Before joining Sanford Heisler, Mr. McKnight was co-founder of and a principal at McKnight & Kennedy, LLC, one of the premier plaintiff's litigation firms in the national capital area. Prior to founding McKnight & Kennedy in 2009, he was a Senior Partner at Ashcraft & Gerel LLP. From 1980 through 1982, Mr. McKnight was an associate in the Labor Practice Group of Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay.

Before joining Reed Smith, Mr. McKnight clerked for the Honorable William C. Pryor in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. During his clerkship, Judge Pryor was elevated to the D.C. Court of Appeals and Mr. McKnight served as Judge Pryor's law clerk in the appellate court.

About H. Vincent McKnight Jr.

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner of the DC Office and Co-Ombudsperson

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1980
  • Maryland, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference Committee (2017, 2018)

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1978
    J.D.
  • Brown University, 1975
    B.A.

Past Positions

  • Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Senior Partner, 1980 - 1982
  • Honorable William C. Pryor in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Clerk
  • McKnight & Kennedy, LLC, Co-Founder
  • McKnight & Kennedy, LLC, Principal
  • Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, Associate

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About H. Vincent McKnight Jr.

Included on the 2024 Washington DC list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Maryland Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

View the profile for H. Vincent McKnight Jr. on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • 2021 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star – Northeast in the practice area of Labor & Employment
  • Sanford Heisler Sharp Industry Leader in Employment Discrimination Law
  • 2021 Law360 MVP - Government Contracts
  • 2020 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - Northeast in the practice area of Labor & Employment
  • 2019-21 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyer
  • 2019 Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - Northeast in the practice area of Labor & Employment
  • 2018 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - Northeast in the practice area of Labor & Employment
  • Named 2018 Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer
  • 2008–2022 Best Lawyers in America
  • Rising Star by Lawdragon
  • 2009, 2011-2012, 2017-2020 DC Super Lawyer
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Maryland by the Legal Network

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Office Information

Address

700 Pennsylvania Avenue SESuite 300 Washington, DC 20003

Fax

  • 202-499-5199

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Publication

Representative Cases

  • United States ex rel. Yuxin “Jay” Fang v. Fortinet, Inc., et al.
  • CDM Smith, Inc./CDM Federal Programs Corporation False Claims Act Lawsuit – $5.65 Million Settlement
  • United States ex rel. Sherwin v. Office Depot (Los Angeles County Superior Court) – $68 Million Settlement

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