William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude 
 - Dean’s List
 - CALI awards

Wake Forest University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

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  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Knapp Fitzsimmons is a member of the Business Litigation section, Banking Litigation practice group and Environmental and Natural Resources Law practice group. He practices primarily in the areas of:

  • General commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Banking and creditors’ rights litigation
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • Estate and trust litigation

In his banking and creditors’ rights practice, Knapp has successfully represented numerous banks and lending institutions in pursuing both monetary and foreclosure remedies, including resolving title and priority disputes. Knapp has successfully prosecuted a complex commercial foreclosure and breach of contract action on behalf of a national bank and obtained damages in excess of $12 million on summary judgment, successfully defended a national bank against tortious interference and related claims in a multimillion dollar litigation stemming from a commercial borrower’s attempt to sell bank collateral, obtained the appointment of temporary and permanent receivers on emergency and ex parte bases to manage the affairs of commercial borrowers and preserve bank collateral, and prosecuted a complex agricultural foreclosure and obtained a finding of priority over another lender on summary judgment.

Knapp’s real estate and construction practice includes prosecuting and defending actions between commercial landlords and tenants, representing sellers and purchasers of real property, and representing real estate development, construction, and engineering companies in litigations involving alleged construction defects and other contractual disputes.

In his environmental litigation practice, Knapp has represented large, multi-national corporations regarding asbestos liability, defended a large, multi-national manufacturer in connection with a superfund site and potential CERCLA and related liability under state environmental laws, and counseled clients regarding officer/director liability under CERCLA and related state laws in numerous jurisdictions.

In the area of estate and trust litigation, Knapp has represented a wide variety of clients in various estate and trust disputes, including individual personal representatives and heirs as well as large, commercial trustees and financial institutions.

Knapp also represents a broad range of individual and corporate clients in all manners of business and commercial disputes, including matters involving employment contracts and non-compete agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, general contract claims, and corporate governance and shareholder and partnership disputes.

He is also a certified civil mediation and arbitration neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114.

While attending law school, Knapp served as a staff member for the Journal of the National Security Forum and a research assistant for Professor A. John Radsan and an extern for the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson.

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Justice Foundation Private Practice Award, 2013
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association


Pro Bono

Ramsey County Mental Health Court