July 12, 2011
. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) General Counsel Avery McKnight was selected by his peers as one of the top government/non-profit attorneys in Florida Trend Magazine’s 2011 Florida Legal Elite for the fourth consecutive year.
“I am overwhelmed to be once again recognized by Florida Trend among so many outstanding barristers in this great state,” McKnight said. “As a graduate of FAMU, it reaffirms the university's powerful legacy of nurturing the best and brightest to serve with great distinction. It is also a testament to President James H. Ammons' battle cry that ‘our best work is yet to come!’”
In addition, McKnight was selected by Tallahassee’s LIVE Communications, Inc. as one of Twenty-five Leaders You Need to Know.
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 Florida State University College of Law from 1989 to 1992.
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