Christopher Knight is a clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches in the Legal Practice Program. He joined the Michigan Law faculty from Mayer Brown LLP’s Chicago office, where he was a senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution practice and focused his practice on antitrust and mass tort litigation.
Professor Knight has assisted clients at every stage of the litigation process, from drafting pleadings to taking and defending depositions, and from briefing and arguing dispositive motions to trying a case in federal court.
In 2019, Professor Knight served as trial counsel in Saget v. Trump, a challenge of the U.S. government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitian nationals. The Mayer Brown team obtained a nationwide preliminary injunction despite having only six weeks to prepare for the hearing. The matter was Mayer Brown’s 2019 Litigation Pro Bono Matter of the Year.
Professor Knight also served as co-chair of project equity in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Mayer Brown launched Project Equity in response to the murder of George Floyd and the worldwide calls for social justice. As chair, Professor Knight arranged office-wide initiatives and presentations related to voting rights, criminal justice, education, housing, and economic justice.
Before joining Mayer Brown, Professor Knight practiced as a corporate litigator in Detroit at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC. He represented a variety of clients, such as automotive companies, financial institutions, and manufacturers, litigating a broad range of issues covering intellectual property, complex commercial law, and commercial real estate.