Joe Knott
Litigation Attorney

Joseph Thomas Knott, III

Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Joe found his calling in the Federal and State courtrooms of North Carolina over 40 years ago.

He has worked as a trial attorney ever since. He is familiar with many of the insurance professionals, defense lawyers, and trial judges that handle these cases in our state.  “We only accept cases we think are meritorious and then prosecute those cases with vigor and passion born of a clear conscience.” “Seeking justice in an unjust world” is Joe’s professional motto. For the plaintiff, truth is our only asset. “Telling the truth with argument and evidence to twelve people in a courtroom who want to do the right thing is what I do.”

Joe began his legal career as a trial lawyer in the United States Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan. There, he gained experience defending the United States against federal tort claims arising from personal injury and medical malpractice, as well as prosecuting criminal cases. In more than 40 years of practice, Joe has tried medical malpractice, personal injury, and first degree murder cases to verdict before a jury. “I stopped counting at 100—and that was a long time ago.”

  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association

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From Our Clients

Ward and Smith has exceptional lawyers and are a pleasure to work with, even when on opposing sides. I would recommend them without hesitation and often send cases their way when I am unable to assist.
Ward and Smith’s personal Injury litigation team are highly competent and professional. After 22 years of involvement in various litigation circumstances, I would rank this firm at the top of the list in comparison to the many other firms I have engaged. I would highly recommend Lynwood Evans and his team at Ward and Smith.
Ron Neder
Jeremy and his team were so nice and helpful. He did everything in his power to do what was in the best interest for my case. He provided me with great advice, kept me updated and knowledgeable about my case, answered any questions I had, and was quick to respond any time I reach out to him or his team.
Amber M.
I have found the lawyers and staff of all offices of Ward and Smith as competent, caring and gifted as any group of lawyers and legal professionals could possibly be. While there is obviously a very well organized management structure at Ward and Smith insuring the highest levels of service to their clients and the community, I have found all of their lawyers to be individually dedicated to serve their clients at the highest levels of professional competence — and they actually do it. I know of no law firm that can equal Ward and Smith and I am most pleased to have the opportunity to share this information.

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