John McKnight is a Partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Whistleblower & Qui Tam Practice Group.
Since joining the firm, he has been named to Lawdragon’s 2021 500 Leading Plaintiff, Employment, & Civil Rights Lawyers.
At Sanford Heisler Sharp, John’s practice has focused on representing corporate whistleblowers who have exposed securities fraud and banking misconduct. He has also worked with clients alleging government contract procurement fraud and other corporate malfeasance. He has also represented executives in sensitive wrongful discharge and discrimination cases. John’s representations have included:
John received his law degree from the University of Maryland, his master’s degree from The New School, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. While at the University of Maryland, he interned with the Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and with the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy Jr. (Retired) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Honorable William Jackson of the District of Columbia Superior Court, and the Honorable Deborah Robinson, Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. He also participated in the University of Maryland’s International and Comparative Law Clinic in China, where he worked with actors in the Chinese microcredit industry. He learned Mandarin Chinese in preparation for this clinic.
A member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars, John regularly speaks on panels for the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and Taxpayers Against Fraud. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations and Taxpayers Against Fraud.
Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, John worked for McKnight & Kennedy, LLC. with his father Vincent McKnight, where he gained substantial experience in the False Claims Act and Dodd-Frank, among other enforcement statutes.
When John is not lawyering, he enjoys reading science fiction, riding motorcycles, and watching Washington Wizards basketball.