Elizabeth C. Knight

Key Expertise

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Commercial Litigation

Trust & Estate Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense



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Elizabeth C. Knight

Wendi Schaener, Assistant

Elizabeth Knight is a litigator with extensive experience in state and federal court. She is a member of Dunn Carney’s Litigation Team, and her practice focuses on commercial litigation, trust and estate disputes, legal malpractice defense, and agriculture-related litigation. Elizabeth also frequently serves as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys and clients.

With every case she handles, Elizabeth strives to find creative solutions that lead to good results for the client as early in the case as possible. She uses a holistic approach, balancing vigorous advocacy with measured, strategic litigation, consistent with the client’s goals.

Elizabeth is Dunn Carney’s Hiring Partner, chair of Dunn Carney Cares, the firm’s private foundation, and former chair of the firm’s charitable giving and pro bono programs. She views pro bono work as part of her professional responsibility and was recognized by the Oregon State Bar for her countless hours of service with the 2015 President’s Public Service Award. Elizabeth currently serves as President of the Campaign for Equal Justice.


Oregon, 1999

Washington, 2000

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 1999

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2012

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2014


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1999; Oregon Law Review, Executive Editor

University of Colorado, B.A., English, cum laude, 1992

Published Work

Co-Author, Civil Litigation Chapter, Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, 2010, 2014, & 2018 editions


Speaker, “Oregon’s New Paid Sick Leave Laws,” Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2016

Speaker, “Top 10 Tips for Being Prepared for a DOL Investigation,” Washington Farm Bureau, April 2016

Speaker, “Hot Goods Litigation,” Oregon Farm Bureau, February 2014

Professional Associations

Oregon State Bar: House of Delegates, 2016-present; Client Security Fund Committee, member 2002-2005, Chair 2004-2005

Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors: President, 2017-present; Vice President, 2015-2017; 2011-present; Secretary, 2014-2015; Directory, 2011-present; Endowment Committee, 2012-2017

Multnomah Bar Association Board of Directors, 2013-2016; Professionalism Committee, 2013-2014;Court Liaison Committee, 2009-2011; Judicial Screening Committee, 2007-2009

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Portland Business Alliance, Leadership Portland, Class of 2009

Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Project

Legal Aid’s Night Clinic

Honors & Recognitions

President’s Public Service Award – Oregon State Bar, 2015

Oregon Super Lawyers – Commercial Litigation, 2015 – Present

Award of Merit – Multnomah Bar Association, 2004

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