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Last Updated: August 15, 2023
Christopher H. Knauf is the founder and senior attorney of Knauf Associates, a private disability rights and education law firm located in Santa Monica, Calif. In addition to serving as lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law teaching Disability Rights Law, he is a certified mediator and former director of litigation for the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles.
Knauf has practiced more than 27 years, primarily focusing on disability rights and education-related legal issues, including special education litigation, in various state and federal trial and appellate courts. He was fortunate to win six cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and has successfully litigated hundreds of cases, including various hearing and trial verdicts. In addition to litigation and mediation, Knauf also serves as an independent Section 504 hearing officer and Los Angeles County Bar fee arbitrator.
Prior to founding his law office in 2006, Knauf was an associate with the public agency law firm Lozano Smith for more than three years, focusing on special education and employment litigation on behalf of school and community college districts. Previously he served as a staff attorney with the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Knauf has also served as an officer and board member of the Disability Community Resource Center (formerly Westside Center for Independent Living) for more than 10 years, and is a co-founder of the City of Santa Monica’s Disabilities Commission.
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Thomas Lenz was quoted by Annenberg Media about the United Automobile Workers union ready to go on strike. "Strikes affect the livelihoods of those who choose to stop working. To the extent those persons aren’t earning money to spend that means stores, restaurants, and other businesses might not be as busy. If a strike lasts a long time bills might not get paid as easily, if at all," Lenz wrote.
“Guns, Mass Incarceration, and Bipartisan Reform: Beyond Vicious Circle and Social Polarization,” 55 Arizona State Law Journal 239 (2023).
"The Curiouser and Curiouser Case of Carried Interest" (with Darryll K. Jones), Arizona Law Review (Spring 2024).
"Are Parents Fiduciaries," 42 Law and Philosophy 431 (2023).