S. Douglas Knox, Partner


Doug Knox serves as the Tampa office Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Chair. His practice involves representing franchise companies, financial institutions, and other business entities in a wide range of complex commercial litigation. While Doug has significant experience trying cases before judges and juries throughout Florida, much of his practice is devoted to counseling clients on regulatory compliance and risk management, and alternative dispute resolution. He regularly handles matters involving contractual disputes, business torts, consumer protection claims, trademark and trade secret disputes, unfair trade practices, class actions, and insurance coverage disputes. He has handled numerous appeals throughout Florida, including oral arguments before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and several Florida district courts of appeal.

Doug is praised by clients for his common sense and practical approach to managing litigation. He has helped lead the Tampa office’s pro bono efforts for several years, and has been recognized by the firm repeatedly for mentoring associates. His experience includes:

  • Obtaining a favorable trial judgment on behalf of a franchise company against a competitor for claims of tortious interference and trade secret misappropriation
  • Defeating class certification of consumer claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act
  • Obtaining injunctive relief enjoining trade secret misappropriation on behalf of a franchise company against a competitor and former employee
  • Obtaining a permanent injunction enjoining a competitor from using a franchise company’s trademarks
  • Obtaining a $1.2 million jury verdict on behalf of a local business in an insurance coverage dispute
  • Obtaining final summary judgment on behalf of a national bank sued for violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
  • Successful defense through judgment and appeal of an international warehouse lender sued for violating Florida usury law
  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict on behalf of a franchise company sued for fraud by a former franchisee
  • Obtaining reversal on appeal of a trial court’s dismissal for lack of standing
  • Supervising thousands of lawsuits arising from borrower defaults, REO property ownership, and consumer protection claims arising from Florida’s housing crisis

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2004)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barrister
    • Moot Court Board (President)
  • University of Florida (B.A., 2000)
    • high honors

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Florida Bar (Pro Bono Policies Chair, Appellate Practice Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Member)
  • Voices for Children (Board of Directors: Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers–Rising Stars 2010 Edition (Business Litigation)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated