Gerald Knapton is a partner in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. As one of the few litigation management and fee dispute experts in California and nationally, he has reviewed over three billion dollars in legal fees and work product in class actions and a vast array of individual matters. He has written extensively on the subject of attorney’s fees, has lectured on “cost control” and has trained others to perform this task “in-house”. His experience includes qualifying and testifying in more than 45 matters as an expert witness and by declaration in numerous cases. Mr. Knapton has represented both opponents of fees and (in separate matters) proponents of fees. Considered one of the industry’s preeminent experts in fee dispute matters for over 20 years, he has not only served as an expert on the reasonableness and necessity of legal fees, ethics and prevailing market rates, but has been designated to prepare a binding report on fees in disputes by opponents. Mr. Knapton has also served as a chief outside auditor of legal fees for several government agencies and has been retained by insurance companies, law firms, corporations and private individuals as a fee expert, in support of, and opposing requests for fees in matters where the fees have ranged from a few hundred thousand to many hundreds of millions of dollars. In a recent published opinion (Cates v. Chiang) Mr. Knapton’s expert opinion on reconstruction of time was cited.
Mr. Knapton received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1976 and earned his B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 after attending Brown University. He is admitted to practice in all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern districts of California as well as the Third and Ninth Circuit courts of appeals. He is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. As a result of an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the bar, he has been awarded the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a prominent national attorney rating service. Mr. Knapton has lectured on his specialty to law firms and professional associations. As a member and chair of the California State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration he prepared MCLE program materials and spoke at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California for several years. He was one of the principal drafters of the State Bar’s sample retainer agreements.