For Almost 40 years

Joe has been protecting his clients in the courtrooms of North Carolina

Joe knows how this system works. He has done it all, many times. Joe knows pretty much all of the adjusters who work for the insurance companies. Joe knows most of the lawyers who represent those insurance companies. Joe knows how to work in this system to get the best possible results. Joe also knows how to fight against injustice if the other side won’t be reasonable. Joe has won many trials on behalf of his clients over the course of his career. He has the ability to fight and win in front of a jury tempered with the wisdom of how to use different tactics to get the best result for his clients.

Joe began his legal career as a trial lawyer in the United States Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan.  There he gained experience defending the United States against federal tort claims involving personal injury and medical malpractice.  In more than 40 years of private practice, Joe has tried dozens of jury cases including medical malpractice, personal injury, and first degree murder cases.

Joe received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is also a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, IL and holds a Master of Divinity degree.

In addition to trying cases and practicing law, Joe serves our educational, political, and religious communities.  He is active and has served on the board at St. David’s School in Raleigh for more than 20 years.  Joe is active in state politics and was nominated by the Republican Party to be its candidate for Attorney General of North Carolina in 2004.  He also addressed the North Carolina Legislature in 2012 on behalf of injured people and in favor of the preservation of our jury system.  Joe served as Chairman of the American Foundations Committee, a political action committee active in the 13th District Congressional campaign in 2012.

Joe taught a 500-member Bible Study Fellowship class in Raleigh for 25 years, was chairman of the committee to fund Christ Baptist Church, serves on the Board of Elders at Christ Baptist Church, and has taught Sunday School for more than 30 years.  He and his wife have been married for 34 years and have six children and the grandkids are, happily, on the way as well.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1980


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Chapel Hill, NC, 1980
    • J.D.
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • Chicago, IL, 1978
    • M. Div.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Chapel Hill, NC, 1974
    • B.S. – Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Joe Knott


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Bruce Berger


Benjamin Van Steinburgh


Kim Shaftner, MD


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