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William H. Knight

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Civil Rights

Professional Liability

Asset Forfeiture

Honors and Awards

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation: Fellow, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2014–2016

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation: Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, 2013-2014

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation: Judicial Internship Opportunity Program: Ten Alumni Who Shine, 2014

Latino Perspectives Magazine, “Moving Up”: Featured Graduate, July 2013

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, 2014-2016

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation: Co-Chair and Founding Member, Judicial Internship Opportunity Alumni Committee

Federal Bar Association

Arizona Trial Lawyers Association/Arizona Association for Justice

Hispanic National Bar Association

Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association

COURT ADMISSIONS

Supreme Court of Arizona

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

EDUCATION

J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2013

Arizona State Law Journal, Research Editor and Social Committee Chair

Congressman Ed Pastor Outstanding Latino Graduate

Highest Pro Bono Distinction

American Bar Association/American Law Institute Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and Leadership

B.S., cum laude, Criminal Justice, Georgia State University, 2008

Hope Scholarship for Academic Excellence

BIRTHPLACE

Popayan, Colombia

 
Will Knight: A litigatioin focus ranging from complex commercial cases to abuses of civil rights

After a distinguished law school career highlighted by extensive pro bono legal services, Will Knight joined Aiken Schenk in 2013.

Will Knight dedicates his legal career to helping victims — victims of private parties and victims of government overreach. From managing complex fraud and professional liability claims to defending constitutional rights, he practices in private-sector justice. Will spends much of his practice “fighting city hall,” holding the government accountable by challenging unconstitutional laws, developing regulatory compliance strategies, and even representing voiceless crime victims. He focuses on personal and substitute asset forfeitures, protecting his clients’ property from wrongful government seizure.

Will’s recent efforts with his Aiken Schenk colleagues include:

  • obtaining a court ruling that rental car taxes imposed by the State to raise funds for tourism and sporting events were unconstitutional under Article 9, § 14 of the Arizona Constitution; and

  • challenging Arizona’s ban on marriage equality under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

He also is working with the Arizona Justice Project to obtain habeas corpus relief for a client sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

Will graduated summa cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. While in law school, Will served as the Truman Young Prosecutorial Fellow in 2012–2013, representing the State of Arizona in dozens of hearings, trials and appeals. Will is a Colombian-American and serves his Latino community by, among other things, sitting on the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

When not seeking justice for his clients, Will enjoys nose-to-tail cooking, attending rock concerts and horror movies, and reading comic books.

PUBLICATIONS

Editor, "Ask the Section," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Can Victims’ Rights Go Wrong? Prosecuting Digital Child Pornography Crimes in Arizona, 45 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 891 (2013)

Hyde-ing From the Truth: Does the Hyde Amendment Provide an Adequate Remedy for Known Prosecutorial Misconduct? 4 L.J. SOC. JUST. 13 (2013)

Testing the Death Penalty, Paul Charlton, Quintin Cushner and William Knight, 4 L.J. SOC. JUST. 1 (2013)

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Arizona International Growth Group/Global Chamber of Commerce

Moot Court Coach, ASU Law’s Chicano/Latino Law Students Association National Moot Court Team (2014)

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce