Michael W. Knapp

Michael W. Knapp



  • Construction
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Energy

WSG Practice Industries


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
North Carolina, U.S.A.


Michael Knapp enjoys a national practice which focuses primarily on construction, business and commercial disputes and financial services litigation. For the past several years, his focus has been on large scale public and private construction project disputes spread equally among owners, developers, engineers, architects, contractors and sureties. In recent years, Michael has worked on several high profile construction defect class action matters that involved claims of moisture intrusion and mold infestation. Additionally, Michael has worked with a number of clients in drafting, structuring and negotiating even handed contracts in an attempt to avoid disputes between the parties. He is also experienced in the resolution of disputes, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Michael has given numerous in house and public lectures on topics including the construction effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, revisions to the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors form contracts, proper claims procedures and practical construction project documentation. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Michael had the honor of teaching a construction law course to engineering students at Misr University located near Cairo, Egypt.

He is a member of the State Bars of North Carolina, District of Columbia and California.

Before joining Bradley, Michael served in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate from 1995 to 1998 where he was the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the Commanding Officer of Naval Station San Diego, the home of the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet. In addition, Michael served as a prosecutor where he tried several felony crimes to verdict.

After his Navy service, Michael practiced law in San Diego for five years before returning to the Southeast.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • North Carolina, 1995

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois 
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Military Appeals


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1995, National Moot Court Team, 1995; Pace Environmental Moot Court Team, 1994; Student Trial Bar, 1994
  • James Madison University, B.A., 1992
Areas of Practice

Complex Business Litigation | Construction | Energy | Government Contracts | Insurance | Life, Health and Disability Litigation | Litigation | Managed Care Litigation