Thomas J. Knecht

Thomas Knecht is a member of Choate's Litigation Department. During law school, Mr. Knecht participated in the New York State Attorney General Clinic. He assisted in the defense of claims, complaints, and petitions brought against the State of New York in both state and federal courts. Mr. Knecht also was a member of Cornell’s Securities Law Clinic where he provided legal services to victims of investment fraud.

After his first year of law school, Mr. Knecht interned on the Special Prosecutions Unit at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. While there, he researched and investigated white-collar crime, economic fraud, political corruption, and related offenses.

Prior to law school, Mr. Knecht worked as a legal assistant for a private media company and as a case analyst for a litigation support company.

Representative Engagements

  • Represent individuals in Department of Justice investigations involving fraudulent financial services and violations of federal contracting regulations.
  • Defend a public company in an Attorney General investigation into potential consumer protection violations.
  • Investigated a public software company regarding commercial business practices.
  • Represent pro bono clients in eviction proceedings in administrative hearings and housing court.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Tough Talk  or Extortionate Threats: When An Aggressive Demand Crosses the Line,” co-author, Corporate Counsel, April 2019.
  • “No Shortage of Important Info Packed into ‘Ambitious’ Treatise,” co-author, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, May 2018.

Education & Credentials

Cornell Law School
JD, 2017
Senior Notes Editor, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy
London School of Economics
MSc, 2013
University of Connecticut
BA, 2011,

magna cum laude