Elizabeth C. Knight

Key Expertise

Commercial Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources



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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, natural resources issues, condemnation, and legal malpractice defense. Elizabeth also frequently serves as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys and clients. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in the area of business litigation.

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

Elizabeth is a member of Dunn Carney’s Executive Committee, the chair of Dunn Carney Cares (the firm’s private foundation), and a founding member of the IDEA Squad (the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee). For many years she also served as Dunn Carney’s Hiring Partner and the chair of Dunn Carney’s charitable giving and pro bono programs. Elizabeth previously served as President of the Campaign for Equal Justice Board of Directors and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation Board of Directors. Elizabeth 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.


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

Professional Recognition

Super Lawyers, 2015-present, Business Litigation

Best Lawyers in America, 2021-present, Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Defense.

Best Lawyers, 2023 Lawyer of the Year for Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants, Portland, Oregon.

Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award, 2015

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, 2017-2020; Vice President, 2015-2017; Secretary, 2014-2015; Director, 2011-2023; Emeritus Member 2023-present

Multnomah Bar Association: Board of Directors, 2013-2016; Professionalism Committee, 2013-2014; Court Liaison Committee, 2009-2011; Judicial Screening Committee, 2007-2009; Equality Committee, 2003-2006; YLS Board of Directors, 2004-2005; Pro Bono Committee, 2001-2003

Multnomah Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Director, January 2020-2022; Secretary and Treasurer, 2022

Multnomah Athletic Club, Property Committee Member, 2022-present

Member, Portland Business Journal’s PDX BizWomen Coalition

Member, Oregon Women Lawyers

Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Alumni, Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland, Class of 2009

Pro Bono Volunteer, Legal Aid Night Clinic

Past Pro Bono Volunteer, Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project

Best Lawyers, 2021-present

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