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  • Over 32 years of experience in the field of complex commercial litigation and employment related disputes. 

  • Specializing in the representation of businesses and management; counseling employers on sensitive employee disciplinary issues;

  • Assistance with establishing and updating legally compliant personnel policies;

  • Defending management against employment-based claims in the state and federal courts and administrative tribunals;

  • Extensive experience with agreements designed to protect trade secrets from disclosure to competitors; restricting the right to compete of key employees.

  • Also advise physicians with respect to disciplinary matters concerning the actual or threatened denial, restriction and/or revocation of hospital staff privileges and the overall credentialing process.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
    33 years, 350 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    35 years, 500 cases
  3. Contracts: 10%
    33 years, 310 cases
  4. Real Estate: 3%
    33 years, 100 cases
  5. Transportation: 2%
    6 years, 5 cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


PO Box 68292
2221 Sylvan SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49516-8292


MIActive And In Good Standing198308/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV® Distinguished Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKNECHT LAW, PLC2008 - Present
PartnerRYAN IM KNECHT, PLC2007 - 2008
AttorneyHoesch & Dekker, PLC2005 - 2007
PartnerTwohey Maggini, PLC1996 - 2004
AssociateDickinson Wright1992 - 1994
AssociateMiller Johnson1983 - 1991
Law ClerkHon. Douglas W. Hillman, United States District Court Judge1982 - 1983
Law ClerkHon. James Harvey, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Michigan1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsN/A2001 - Present
Martindale-HubbellBV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating2000 - Present
United States District Court Eastern District of MichiganAdmitted1990 - Present
United States District Court Western District of MichiganN/A1984 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A1983 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2003 - 2016
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A1986 - 2013
District of Columbia BarAdmitted in 19811981 - 1981
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trade Secret LitigationSettled
Plaintiff Insurance Litigation - Montcalm County
Former Employee v City of HollandSee link to Holland Sentinel
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Publication nameTitleDate
NBI - Human Resource Law From Start to FinishSuccessful Hiring & Recruitment2016
NBI - Troubleshooting HR Legal NightmaresHiring and Recruitment Mistakes That Lead to Trouble;Handbook Errors That Cause Legal Difficulties; and Improperly Documenting Discipline and Termination Decisions2015
Employee Leave Law - NBIConsideration for Other Types of Leave2014
Sterling Education Services, Inc.Hiring and Terminating Employees in the Current Economy2013
SEBA Employment Law Alert - October 2010 Vol. I, Issue 1Social Media and Employment Lawsuits2010
SEBA Employment Law Alert - November 2010 Vol. I, Issue 2Maintaining Personnel Records in an Employment Litigation Age2010
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Employment Law Update2009
University of Detroit Journal of Urban Law -Wntr, 1980, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p389Criminal law - Statutory Presumptions1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1981
Hope CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Human Resource Law From Start to FinishSuccessful Hiring and Recruitment Steps; Employee Handbooks and Policies; Workplace Behavior and Privacy2016
Troubleshooting HR Legal NightmaresHiring and Recruitment Mistakes That Lead to Trouble2015
Employee Leave Law From A to ZEmployment Leave Policies2014
Fundamentals of Employment LawHiring and Terminating Employees in the Current Economy2013
Employment Law Update SeminarHot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law; Employment Issues in the Paperless Workplace2009
Workshop Series for EmployersDon't Wait Until the Exit Interview: Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information2008