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General Counsel Featured Among Florida's Legal Elite

August 11, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla
.  — Florida A&M University (FAMU) General Counsel Avery McKnight was selected as a member of Florida Trend’s 2010 Florida Legal Elite as a government attorney and Leadership Tallahassee Class 28.  The Legal Elite is featured in the recent July edition.

McKnight also was featured as a member of the Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in 2008 and 2009.

“I am truly grateful and humbled to be recognized by my fellow colleagues for such prestigious recognitions,” said McKnight.  “By the grace of God, it is indeed an honor to have a greater opportunity to represent and serve my alma mater and the State of Florida.”

McKnight is charged with the responsibility of providing legal advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, president and administration. A 1987 magna cum laude FAMU graduate and former SGA attorney general, he gained experience in misdemeanor prosecution at the state attorney’s office and served in various capacities in FAMU’s Office of the General Counsel between 1992 and 2005.  Prior to returning as FAMU’s General Counsel in 2007, he honed his litigation skills as a senior associate with the labor and employment law firm of Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., and successfully represented both public and private entities.

He has been recognized as a 2002 NAACP Achiever and was a Virgil Hawkins Fellow at the FSU College of Law from 1989 to 1992. McKnight currently works with several non-profit organizations including the Church of God By Faith, Big Bend Hospice, Character Center and University Center Club.

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