Thomas J. Knox

Thomas J. Knox

Partner

Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7317
Washington D.C., (202) 887-1515

Education

Middlebury College (B.A., 1984)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1987)

Bar Admissions

Maryland
District of Columbia
Virginia

Mr. Knox advises clients on corporate, financing, technology transactions and sourcing matters, serving as a strategic advisor to companies in the technology, media, life sciences, transportation, manufacturing and government services sectors, and to investors in such companies.

He provides advice on a wide range of corporate and securities transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, venture capital and private equity investments and divestitures, joint ventures and other corporate finance and governance matters.

He also structures and negotiates enterprise outsourcing, realignment and optimization transactions, including traditional and vested sourcing deals, strategic alliances, performance partnerships, preferred supplier arrangements and other complex transactions. He advises on the sourcing and procurement of facilities management, logistics and supply chain systems and other business processes.

Since 2008 Mr. Knox has been listed as a Band 1 Leading Individual by the independent international rating firm Chambers & Partners. Chambers USA described Mr. Knox as “very knowledgeable and very direct” and “somebody you go to for the most strategic advice” who is known as a “top-flight dealmaker” with “excellent responsiveness.” A Chambers reviewer described Mr. Knox as “one of the best deal negotiators that I’ve ever worked with. He is tenacious in representing our interests”. Another noted that “he anticipates issues, has ideas on how to take them on and executes very well. He has good ideas about risks, keeps things practical and gets things done.”

Mr. Knox is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell, was named by the Washington Business Journal as Washington’s Top Corporate Finance Lawyer and is consistently named to the Virginia Super Lawyers, Washington DC Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Legal 500 US lists.

Mr. Knox formerly served as co-chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Department of over 400 attorneys.

Representative company clients include Choice Hotels, HMSHost, MicroStrategy, Neustar, Novartis, Rail One, Sandoz, Veeco Instruments, and a wide range of high-growth emerging companies including Cigital, Fugue, SHIFT, Sonatype, and Virtru. Venture capital and private equity clients include Core Capital, Edison Ventures, Goldman Sachs, New Enterprise Associates, Novartis Venture Fund and Steadfast Financial.

Mr. Knox is a frequent speaker on corporate, sourcing and technology transaction topics. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University and as a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan Law School and Middlebury College. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for International Understanding.

  • 2018 Best Lawyers in America selected as a Lawyer of the Year in Washington, D.C. for venture capital law.
  • 2009–2018 Best Lawyers in America listed as a recommended lawyer for corporate law, venture capital law, and technology law: A client remarked “I’ve worked with Tom Knox for 20 years and know him to be a consummate technology lawyer and strategic advisor, equally at ease with a project leader, internal lawyer, or the Board of Directors. I refer my in-house colleagues to Tom regularly.”
  • 2017 Chambers USA recognized as a leading lawyer (Band 1) for excellence in the field of M&A/Corporate work.
  • 2016 Chambers USA recognized as a leading lawyer (Band 1) for excellence in the field of M&A/Corporate work.
  • 2015 Chambers USA recognized as a leading lawyer (Band 1) for excellence in the field of M&A/Corporate work: Mr. Knox is “a leader in this area.”
  • 2014 Chambers USA recognized as a leading lawyer (Band 1) for excellence in the field of M&A/Corporate work: Mr. Knox “anticipates issues, has ideas on how to take them on and executes very well.”
  • 2013–2015; 2017 Legal 500 US recommended in Outsourcing and Venture Capital & Emerging Companies.
  • 2012 Chambers USA listed as a leading lawyer (Band 1): Mr. Knox “attracts praise for his excellent responsiveness and proactive advice.”
  • 2011 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer (Band 1): “He is somebody you go to for the most strategic advice.”
  • 2010 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer (Band 1): Mr. Knox “works on strategic deals involving investment and technology licensing. He represented Hughes Communications in its acquisition of Helius.”
  • 2009 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer (Band 1): “Clients praise ‘the keen intellect and outstanding deal savvy’ of the 20 attorneys, highlighting in particular, ‘top flight dealmaker’ Thomas Knox.”
  • 2008 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer (Band 1): Mr. Knox “described by one of his clients as ‘one of the best deal negotiators that I've ever worked with. He is tenacious in representing our interests and yet is always polite’.”
  • 2007 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer: “Thomas Knox is a general corporate lawyer who is ‘very strong on the technological aspects of transactions.’ ‘Obviously bright’, clients appreciated both his ‘responsiveness and practical and timely advice,’ and that ‘he gets involved as a partner, not just serving up one-size-fits-all answers’.”
  • 2006 Chambers USA listed as leading lawyer: “‘Tremendous attorney’ Thomas Knox, a leader in the field who shows ‘wonderful’ insight into client organization and the industry, enabling him to deliver well-balanced business and legal advice.”
  • Named by the Washington Business Journal as the Top Corporate Finance Lawyer in Washington in 2007, and named as a finalist in 2006 and 2008.
  • 2006–2010, 2014 Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers.
  • Holds the AV (highest) Peer Review Rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

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