David T. Knight
David Knight was known as a dedicated litigator and a champion for good within the legal community. He was an essential leader in the cause for access to justice throughout his impressive career of nearly 50 years as a commercial litigation attorney.
David served for several years on the Board of Directors and the Development Council at Bay Area Legal Services, and served as Board Chairperson in 2014. David was instrumental in the fundraising effort for Bay Area Legal’s 50th Anniversary Gala, which ultimately launched our Major General Ernest A. and Marilyn Bedke Veterans Law Center and Veterans Endowment. He was one of the visionaries to organize and implement the Sustaining Law Firm drive, the largest annual fundraising effort for Bay Area Legal, and has played a key role on Bay Area Legal’s Major Gifts Committee.
Always willing to share his expertise, David was regularly involved in our Volunteer Lawyers Program. For more than a decade, he not only accepted cases to handle pro bono but also recruited his colleagues in the legal profession to assist.
David was a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and was dedicated to his practice. He took pride in mentoring younger attorneys throughout his career. Apart from his leadership at Bay Area Legal, he served as Florida Chair and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. David was also on the Board of Trustees at Palma Ceia Methodist Church and acted as the church’s attorney.
Bay Area Legal is fortunate to have had a long lasting connection with David and he will be dearly missed.
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