Donald Dale McKnight (“Don”) was born and raised in Victoria. He attended the University of Victoria and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history (with distinction) in 1983. He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 1985.
Upon graduating from law school, Don articled with a 40 lawyer firm in downtown Vancouver. After being called to the Bar in 1986, Don returned to Victoria, where he has practiced for the past 31 years as a civil trial lawyer.
Currently, Don practices primarily personal injury law, including motor vehicle accident claims, slip and fall accidents and occupiers liability, products liability, medical and dental malpractice, and assault and battery. Don has conducted numerous trials in all of these types of cases and has been successful in securing many favourable judgments for his clients, including a number of substantial jury awards.
In addition to personal injury law, Don has considerable trial experience in a variety of other areas of civil litigation, including employment law (wrongful dismissal), defamation, estate litigation, partnership and contract disputes, insurance law, collections, trespass, and private international law.
Don has been active in the Victoria community in the past, having served on the Board of Directors for the Cool Aid Society and as an advisor to the Commonwealth Games Legal Committee. He has acted as a mooting coach and judge, as well as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Victoria. He is the Past Chair of the Civil Litigation Section (Vancouver Island) of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also the former counsel for the Private Investigators Association of British Columbia.
Don’s professional associations include the Law Society of British Columbia, Victoria Bar Association, University of Victoria Alumni Association, and University of Victoria Law Alumni Association. His social memberships currently include the Union Club of British Columbia and the Victoria Golf Club.
Don operates his law practice through Donald D. McKnight Law Corporation. Although he is a sole practitioner by choice, Don frequently conducts cases in association with other experienced trial lawyers. Whether practicing alone or with other lawyers, Don’s emphasis is always upon personal service and dedication to his clients’ interests. Don offers free initial consultations to anyone requiring legal services in any area of law that he practices.