Jason Knutson

Jason Knutson is a shareholder with the firm. His practice features complex litigation, such as major environmental and industrial accidents, and class action claims. He also handles cases of medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury. Jason has had personal injury cases at every level of Wisconsin’s justice system from jury trials in county circuit courts to arguing before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Additionally, Jason is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he has taught courses in trial advocacy, negotiation, legal writing, and lawyering skills.

Since 2014, Jason has been named one of the “Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin” and “Top 25 attorneys in Madison” by Super Lawyers®.  Due to his significant trial experience and success, Jason has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, including the most recent edition in 2019 for his work in personal injury litigation. He also received the 2017 Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney Award for his work with the Latino Community in Dane County.

Jason is an active member in several legal associations and local community organizations, including the James E. Doyle Inns of Court, and Board of Trustees of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a past president of Woodland Montessori School, and a frequent youth sports coach in the Madison area. He has held committee positions for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Dane County Bar Association.  

Jason graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  When not in the office or courtroom, his interests include art history, movies and aviation.

  Publications

  • Co-Author, “Personal Injury: When Criminal and Civil Law Intersect,” Wisconsin Lawyer. Volume 91:1. January 2018.
  • Author, “7th Circuit Getting its Crack at Arbitration Agreements,” Wisconsin Law Journal, February 17th, 2016.
  • Author, “Fighting the Fine Print – Madison Lawyers Wage Epic Battle Over Whether Arbitration Agreements Violate Labor Laws,” Wisconsin Law Journal, January 20th, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Automatic Meal Break Deduction Policies in Hospitals: Federal and Wisconsin Law Issues,” 2014 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute, August 2014.
  • Speaker, “Auto Insurance,” Milwaukee Bar Association CLE Webinar, October 2012.
  • Speaker, “How To Help Doctors Help You and Your Clients,” State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Webinar, May 2012.
  • Author, “Walk in our Shoes: Why Docs Avoid Lawyers.”  Wisconsin Lawyer.  Volume 85:2.  Feb. 2012.
  • Speaker, “The ABCs of a Typical Auto Accident case and Automobile Insurance Basics.” Reeseville Chamber of Commerce. July 2011.
  • Speaker, “Preparing a Case for Civil Trial.” University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Course. March 2011.
  • Speaker, “Advanced Trial Practice.” Litigation Training Program. November 2010.
  • Speaker, “Ten Tips for Litigation Preparation.” MAPA Presentation. November 2010.
  • Speaker, “Deposing Experts.” Litigation Training Program. July 2010.
  • Commenter, “Attorneys voice concern over text message ban.” Wisconsin Law Journal. May 2010.
  • Commenter, “New law boosts penalties for those who scam elderly.” Wisconsin State Journal. May 2010.
  • Commenter, “PI firm focuses on bike injury cases.” Wisconsin Law Journal. April 2010.
  • Speaker, “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy.” National Business Institute CLE Seminar. Winter 2008.
  • Commenter, “Suit is ok’d in stadium death.” Madison.com. June 2008.
  • Author, “Preparing the Personal Injury Plaintiff for Mediation.” Wisconsin Lawyer. Volume 80:8. Aug. 2007.
  • Speaker, “Auto Insurance: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident Litigation in Wisconsin.” Lorman CLE Seminar. Summer 2007.
  • Speaker, “Preparing for Mediation and Arbitration.” MAPA presentation. Summer 2007.
  • Speaker, “Loose Metadata Can Sink Ships.” CLE presentation. Fall 2006.
  • Speaker, “Ethics Questions and Answers for the Litigator.” CLE presentation. Fall 2006.
  • Speaker, “Skillfully Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents from Start to Finish.” Lorman CLE Seminar. Spring 2006.
  • Author, “Risking Home Equity in the Stock Market.” The Verdict. Volume 28:1. Winter 2005.
  • Speaker, “Preparing for Litigation.” WATL Litigation Seminar. Fall 2005.
  • Speaker, “The Ethics of Representing Both Sides of the Insurer/Insured Fence.” CLE presentation. Fall 2004.
  • Author, “Unsuitable Investment Claims 101.” The Verdict. Volume 27:3. Summer 2004.
  • Speaker, “New Lawyer Challenges.” WATL Young Lawyers Division, Courtroom to Classroom. Spring 2004.
  • Speaker, “Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Cases.” WATL Tort & Technique CLE Update. Fall 2003.

in the news links

Jason played a key role in obtaining a successful settlement for 241 residents in the Town of Jackson, Wisconsin, who were impacted by groundwater contamination as a result of a gasoline pipeline rupture: learn more about the case here. He also recently spoke to WKOW 27 news about the Volkswagen diesel emission scandalclick here to read more.

Jason was also one of the lawyers that represented a class of QA employees due unpaid overtime wages from Epic Systems: read about it here; and was on the team that achieved a great result in a class action on behalf of nurses who were not properly paid for meal breaks at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison: read about it here.

A few of Mr. Knutson’s current cases include claims seeking unpaid wages for employees of Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation and class action claims against Volkswagen and Syngenta.

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