August 3, 2012TALLAHASSEE, Fla
. —Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Vice President for the Legal Affairs and General Counsel Avery McKnight was selected by his peers as one of the top government/non-profit attorneys in Florida Trend Magazine’s 2012 Florida Legal Elite for the fifth consecutive year.
“I am very appreciative to be recognized by Florida Trend and my peers in the Top Government/Non-Profit Attorney category for the fifth consecutive year,” McKnight said. “This professional milestone is especially gratifying when considering all of my esteemed colleagues who are also working faithfully to advance the best interest of our great state and distinguished universities.”
A 1987 magna cum laude FAMU graduate and former SGA attorney in misdemeanor prosecution at the state attorney’s office, McKnight served in various capacities in FAMU’s Office of the General Counsel between 1992 and 2005. In 2012, he was appointed vice president for the Office of Legal Affairs and General Counsel. There he oversees operations of risk management, labor relations and the Office of Equal Opportunity Employment.
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 public and private entities.
McKnight 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.