Jennifer L. Knops is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She practices all aspects of family law and concentrates her practice on those cases which involve high-asset dissolutions, complex financial matters, complicated property and support issues, and high-conflict custody disputes. She is experienced with everything from the simple, uncontested dissolution to complex child custody, domestic violence, grandparent visitation, child and spousal support, and property issues and has significant experience with complex trials, post-trial litigation, and writs and appeals. She strives to help her clients feel heard while helping them navigate the challenges of their family law matters and arming them with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions throughout the pendency of their cases. Attorney Knops prepares every case to protect the client’s interests should trial be necessary but, recognizing that settlement is usually in the best interest of the parties, she makes every effort to steer the case in that direction and seeks non-adversarial solutions whenever possible.
Background and Education
Jennifer earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2009 and received a Certificate of Advanced Study in bioethics and international health and human rights. While in law school, she worked as a certified legal intern in the health law clinic and twice represented Pitt Law at the National Health Law Moot Court competition. Jennifer also co-founded and co-developed a practicum in which law students developed a curriculum and taught health and human rights to local middle and high school students. Upon graduation, Jennifer was inducted into the Order of Barristers, a national organization recognizing excellence in courtroom advocacy.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Vermont in 2003, with a minor in Speech and Communication. While at UVM, Jennifer was an accomplished member of the Lawrence Debate Union. She won numerous awards for her oral advocacy including 2nd varsity debater in the east and 5th junior varsity debater in the nation and, in recognition of her skills and contributions to the greater debate community, was named a member of the national All-American Debate Team.
Publications, Writings, Media
Divorce in California: An Overview of Process, Rights, and What to Expect, Debra R. Schoenberg and Jennifer L. Knops, published 2013 by Atticus Books
Contributed to the authoring of “Who Among Us Will Do the Right Thing? (Civility and the Practice of Family Law),” published in Strategies for Family Law in California, Aspatore Press 2012
State Bar of California
San Mateo County Bar Association
Bar Association of San Francisco