Judicial Candidate Bio
Reggie E. McKnight

Firm/Organization: McKnight Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Complex criminal litigation (federal and state), capital crimes, white collar, juvenile, personal injury, entertainment law

Education: University of South Carolina, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Bar and Court Admissions: North Carolina State Bar; 1997; Federal - Middle District of North Carolina; Federal - Western District of North Carolina; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement: Mecklenburg County Bar-Board of Directors; Mecklenburg County Bar-Special Committee on Diversity (D&I)-committee member; Mecklenburg County Bar-Court Liaison committee; Mecklenburg County Bar-Law Day Program committee; Mecklenburg County Bar-Bar Leadership Institute (BLI); Youth & Family Services Permanency Planning Committee; Co-Vice Chair-John S. Leary Bar Association; Leadership Charlotte-Class XXVI; Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL)-Fellow; Institute of Public Trust-Fellow; 2014 Business North Carolina Magazine – Legal Elite; 2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers; 2019-2020-Super Lawyers; 2020 Appointed – Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Panel Representative – Western District of North Carolina

Civic and Community Involvement: Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program-Board of directors/mentor; 100 Black Men of Charlotte-Mentor & Former Board of Directors; Freedom within Walls-non-profit afterschool feeding organization-Board of Directors; McCrorey YMCA-Former Board of Directors; Belmont Community CDC-Former Board of Directors; Y-Achievers-Steering committee; Mecklenburg County Bar-Lunch with a Lawyer; Speaker-Carmel Middle School-The Ambassadors-mentoring group; Speaker-Whitewater Academy-Boys Groups (grades 3rd-5th); Speaker-Turning Point High School-male youth group; Speaker-Martin Luther King Middle School-Communities and Schools program; Keynote Speaker-HBCU day-South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators; Speaker-Teens in Leadership (TILT) McCrorey YMCA; Volunteer-K.I.P.P. Academy; Leaders of Tomorrow mentorship Program-National Black MBA Association; Student Defense Project-Council for Children’s Rights-Steering Committee member/advocate; Volunteer-Charlotte Rescue Mission

Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words): In addition to the wealth of court room experience I bring; I’m thoroughly immersed in the Charlotte community and the citizens I wish to continue to serve. This service would be a continuation of my efforts as a trial lawyer for the last 23+ years to represent the underserved and misrepresented. I have practiced in district court and various court rooms all over the state of North Carolina for almost 25 years and I bring those experiences both in and outside the courtroom with me. I recognize the impact courtroom experiences have on the lives of not only the people I serve but the lives of their families and friends. It is my intent to bring three basic principles I’ve carried throughout my career: competence, professionalism and integrity. I now wish to bring that marriage of professional experience and community engagement into the courtroom in another capacity.