Christopher S. Knopik

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Betras, Kopp & Harshman, LLC
 | 1611 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-273-0355
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2013, 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly regarded civil trial lawyer, Christopher S. Knopik is an attorney at Betras, Kopp & Harshman. From the firm's offices in Tampa, Florida, he represents businesses and individuals throughout the greater metropolitan area as well as in parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Admitted to practice in Florida since 1983, Mr. Knopik is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

    Mr. Knopik has handled a variety of complex business litigation matters during his distinguished career. His cases have included intellectual property infringement, commercial disputes, contract breaches, trade secret misappropriation, interference with prospective contractual relations and business torts. Mr. Knopik has an extensive background in personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well. In this regard, he provides advice and counsel to people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, truck and other motor vehicle accidents, and premises liability. He has been able to obtain significant compensation for his clients through both jury awards and negotiated settlements.

    Mr. Knopik's successful track record has earned him a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he is a member of the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his private practice experience, Mr. Knopik served for several years as general counsel for a company that operated several spinal surgery centers. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Civil Litigation
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2013, 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Christopher Knopik

    Admitted: 1983, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://bhlawsflorida.com/team-members/christopher-s-knopik/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation in 2007 and 2008., The Best Lawyers in America
    • Selected by peers as a "Leading Florida Attorney" in the areas of personal injury law and commercial litigation.
    • Master emeritus in the Ferguson-White Inn of the American Inns of Court.
    • Named a "Leading Plaintiff Attorney in America" by Lawdragon.com in January 2007., Lawdragon.com, 2007
    • Listed an a "Leading American Attorney."
    • 2004 recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Michael A. Fogarty "In the Trenches" Award recognizing excellence and integrity in the practice of civil trial law.
    • Recognized by peers and Florida Trend Magazine as a member of "Florida's Legal Elite" in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007., Florida Trend Magazine
    • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
    • Received the highest possible legal and ethical rating ("AV") by Martindale-Hubbell.

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Continuously Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by The Florida Bar since 1991.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the bar of the State of Florida;  Active in the Hillsborough County Bar Association (Program Chair 2005-2006; Past Chair, Trial Lawyers Section), The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council; Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education; Past Chair of the Civil Trial Certification Committee), the American Board of Trial Advocates (Treasurer); the Tampa Bay Federal Bar Association (Past President), The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (EAGLE Benefactor), and numerous other professional associations.  Appointed by the Chief Judge of United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to the Merit Selection Panel (2001) regarding the selection of United States Magistrates and to the Grievance Committee for the Tampa/Fort Myers Division (2005), and appointed by the Chief Judge of Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit to the Judicial Rotation Committee (2001) regarding the evaluation of policies governing judicial assignments.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Serves as a member of Leadership Florida (Class XVIII), as the President and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Warrick Dunn Foundation, as a supporting donor of Metropolitan Ministries, as a supporting patron of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and as a supporting donor of the Academy of The Holy Names.  Previously served as a Big Brother in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hillsborough County, Florida from 1984 until 1995, as a member of the Operational Oversight Committee of the Metropolitan YMCA of Hillsborough County (2003-2005), and as a member of the YMCA's Board of Directors (1989-2003).  Also provides pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford legal counsel. 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Major contributor to the development and publication of the first edition of the Handbook of Discovery Practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, a set of discovery guidelines adopted by the Middle District of Florida.  He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Florida Pretrial Practice (James Publishing 2004).  Co-authored the chapter on "Damages in Medical Negligence Cases" for the Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook published by the Florida Bar's Trial Lawyers Section.  Co-authored "No Rest for the Weary: The Trial Lawyer and the Recovery of Appellate Costs" which was published in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Journal in February, 1997.  Wrote "You May Not Know What You've Been Missing" which was published in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Journal in June, 1997.  Wrote "Another Medical Malpractice Crisis?  You Decide," which was published in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Journal in December, 2002 and "Where Differing "Truths" Collide: The Continuing Medical Malpractice Debate" published in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Journal in February, 2004.
    • Has spoken at many seminars, including:  "Discovery and Motion Practice in the Middle District of Florida" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on March 20, 1989; "Techniques, Tactics and Rules of Discovery" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on September 19, 1988; "The Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar" sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on September 13, 1991; "An Address to the Admiralty Law Committee" sponsored by the Admiralty Law Committee on June 23, 1994; "Recreational Boating and Environmental Considerations in Admiralty Matters" sponsored by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, Trial Lawyers Section and Admiralty Law Committee on February 9, 1995; "Premises Liability" sponsored by the National Business Institute on March 14 and 15, 1995; "Back to the Future:  The Latest Developments in Recurring Issues of Trial Practice" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association and Trial Lawyers Section on May 9, 1997; "Premises Liability:  Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Florida" sponsored by the National Business Institute on December 11 and 12, 1997; "Basic Discovery Practice: Dealing with Expert Witnesses" sponsored by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Young Lawyers Division on February 5 and 6, 1998, February 4 and 5, 1999, September 27 and 28, 2000, and September 19 and 20, 2002; "Civil Litigation in the 90's" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Trial Lawyers Section on May 15, 1998; "Federal Discovery Practice: The Discovery of Experts" sponsored by the Stetson University College of Law on October 2, 1998; "Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Trial Practice" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on October 16, 1998; "Effective Closing Arguments" sponsored by The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on March 18, 1999; "Direct Examination of Witnesses" at the State Court Trial Seminar sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association on June 11, 1999; "Jury Selection in the Commercial Torts Case" sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on August 26 and 27, 1999; on numerous panels of judges and lawyers addressing the Third and Fourth Annual Bench Bar Conferences sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association in 1999 and 2000; "Preparation for Trial" at the Trial Practice Seminar sponsored by the Florida Bar in October, 2000; "So You Want to be a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on September 21, 2000; "Medical Malpractice with a Motive: Proving Financial Motivation for Poor Care" at the annual convention of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on June 27, 2001; "What Lawyers and Mediators Hate About Each Other," sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on May 31, 2002; "Developing and Delivering an Opening Statement that Captures the Audience" at the annual convention of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 13, 2002; "Federal Civil Litigation:  Discovery Abuses and Sanctions," sponsored by Lorman Education Services, December 11, 2002; "Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance Now a ‘Crisis'?" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, January 21, 2003; "Law of Jury Selection"  sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, November 20, 2003; "Pain Assessment:  A Legal Perspective" at Tampa General Hospital on July 18, 2003; "Law of Jury Selection" sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association on April 16, 2004; "Opening Statements From the Plaintiff's Perspective" at the State Court Trial Seminar sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association in June 2004; "The Law of Jury Selection" sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar in November 2004; "The Ten Commandments for the Corporate Defendant," an address from the plaintiff's lawyer's perspective at the Southeastern Electrical Exchange Conference in April 2005; "The Discovery of Experts:  Dealing With Yours and Theirs" at the Advanced Depositions in Florida seminar sponsored by Lorman Education Services, December 9, 2005; "Effective Advocacy in Jury Trials" at the Effective Advocacy in Civil Litigation seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, February 15, 2006; "The Effective Taking and Use of Lay and Expert Depositions, "Expert Depositions," and "Use of Depositions at Trial" at the Taking and Defending Depositions in Florida seminar sponsored by Lorman Education Services, April 21, 2006; "Examination of Witnesses" at the State Court Trial Seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, June 9, 2006; "Diffusing and Minimizing the Effect of the Defense Rehabilitation Expert in Cross-Examination, Deposition and at Trial" at the 2007 Workhorse Seminar sponsored by the Florida Justice Association, February 22, 2007; "Planning and Delivering the Powerful Closing Argument" at the State Court Trial Seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, June 22, 2007; and "Effective Expert Depositions" at the Discovery Strategies for Trial Lawyers Seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, December 6, 2007.

    Educational Background:

    • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Government
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    Office Location for Christopher S. Knopik

    1611 W Platt St
    Tampa, FL 33606

    Phone: 813-273-0355

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