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Knight S. Anderson

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2761 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Knight Anderson devotes a large part of his practice to products liability, toxic tort, and mass tort matters.

He has represented local, national, and multinational clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including claims arising from the use of industrial products, consumer products, construction equipment, and medical devices, and against claims for alleged occupational and non-occupational exposures to toxic substances, including asbestos, silica, talc, household and industrial chemicals, creosote and coal tar, mold, CCA-treated lumber, lead-based paint, welding rods, benzene, and diesel fumes. He has also worked on claims alleging environmental contamination and resulting in personal injury and/or property damage. Knight has appeared on behalf of clients in both state and federal court proceedings around the country and has briefed, argued, or participated in appeals before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Knight has gained extensive experience representing clients in various litigation matters, including complex, multiparty and multijurisdictional litigation and in numerous cases with the allegation of substantial damages. In addition to representing clients in individual cases, clients have asked him to serve as their regional counsel and national counsel and on a national trial team. Through his work, Knight has developed skills and the ability to effectively defend and manage complex claims and nationwide litigation on behalf of clients.

Knight is a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. While at Notre Dame, he was a representative in student government and a participant in and captain of interhall sports teams, including football, baseball, and lacrosse. In law school, Knight was a member of the National Moot Court Team and Moot Court Board, participated in the Student Legal Services Clinic, and played lacrosse.

Knight and his wife have two children.

education & admissions

education

  • Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1993); Adelphia Law Journal, Associate Editor; Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, Champion and Gavel Award ("Best Orator")
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Economics & Government, 1990); Omicron Delta Epsilon

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2014
  • Indiana, 1993

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
experience

Representative Cases

  • Expedited product liability case in Circuit Court of Miami Dade County, Florida, alleging work with client’s products caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma. Jury trial 2013.
  • Defended product and premises liability claims in a case in Superior Court of Marion County, Indiana, alleging defendants caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma. Jury trial 2002. Appeal 2002-2005.
  • Defended product liability case in U.S. District Court, Indianapolis, Indiana, alleging defendants caused plaintiff’s lung cancer. Jury trial 1996.
  • Defended product liability cases in U.S. District Court, Hammond, Indiana; Superior Court, Lake County, Indiana; and Superior Court, Marion County, Indiana, against European manufacturer of airplane involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act. 1993-1994.
  • Briefed and argued the applications of the Statute of Repose barring long-tail toxic torts and its constitutionality in various trial and appellate courts in Indiana. Bench Rulings and Appeals 1994-2005.
  • Defended product and premises liability claims in Superior Court of Marion County, Indiana, alleging occupational exposure to silica and mixed dust. Bench Rulings 2000-2011.
  • Defended product and premises liability claims in Superior Court of Marion County, Indiana, alleging occupational exposure to silica and mixed dust. Bench Rulings 2000-2011.
  • Prepared motions and offered oral argument at hearings in Superior Court of Marion County, Indiana; U.S. District Court, Hammond Indiana; and U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, challenging the reliability and admissibility of plaintiffs’ experts’ opinions and testimony. Bench Rulings 2000-2011.
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Nontraditional Exposures – An Overview," HarrisMartin’s Asbestos Litigation Conference: Talc and Other Unique Exposures, Charleston, South Carolina (May 2016)
  • "A Look Ahead at Emerging Litigation Issues," American Bar Association, Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar, Park City, Utah (January 2016)
  • "Asbestos Medicine With a Focus on Lung Cancer: Interrelationship Between Smoking, Asbestos Exposure, and Lung Cancer; Lung Fibrosis as a Risk Factor for Lung Cancer; Clinical, Pathologic, and Radiologic Considerations in Diagnosing Asbestosis and Other Non-Malignant Lung Conditions, and More," ACI 19th National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Chicago, Illinois (June 2015)
  • "A Discussion of the Background of Lung Cancer and Causation, New Lung Cancer Claims and Developments Regarding the Role of Asbestos as a Cause of Lung Cancer," ACI 18th National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January 2015)
  • "Negotiations: Ethical Duties to Clients and Counsel," Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2014)
  • "Evaluating the Need for Daubert Hearings Challenging Expert Opinions and Methodologies in Light of Barabin," ACI 17th National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Chicago, Illinois (June 2014)

Publications

Media Quotes

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (1998-present)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® (2009-2011)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Chemical Products Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute; Co-Chair of a DRI Product Liability Subcommittee
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; former Chair, DTCI Products Liability Committee
  • University of Notre Dame Alumni Association