Mr. Knauf joined DRLC in December 2019 as its new Director of Litigation, after managing his private disability rights and special education law firm, Knauf Associates, for almost 14 years.
Mr. Knauf brings extensive experience of litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. In his current role as principal, Mr. Knauf provides consulting services to clients for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and related state and federal laws. He has spoken at conferences, seminars, and trainings on litigation strategy, on various topics related to ADA/504 litigation and organizational management.
Prior to founding Knauf Associates, Mr. Knauf worked at Lozano Smith as an associate, representing school districts and community college districts in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Areas of specialization include special education, labor, employment, and general education matters.
Mr. Knauf started his legal career as a fellow and staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center (then Western Law Center for Disability Rights), as well as a law fellow and staff attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and as a law clerk at Litt & Marquez, USC Post-Conviction Justice Project, and Public Law Center.
Mr. Knauf has served on the board at the Disability Community Resource Center and as chair of a citizen advisory board to the Santa Monica City Council, Disabilities Commission.
He received his B.A. in Political Science and Business and Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1996.