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Mark Knights



Mark Knights is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group and co-leader of the Global Compliance & Investigations team. He represents individuals and businesses across a variety of industries in connection with matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and other federal and state laws.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Mark served as a law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Chief Judge Joseph Laplante of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

What do you focus on?

My practice encompasses a broad range of complex criminal and civil matters.

I help businesses mitigate the risk of investigation and prosecution by designing and implementing strategies to prevent—and, if necessary, detect and remedy—corruption risks and other wrongdoing by employees. When government investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions do arise, I draw on my experience to guide my individual and institutional clients through all stages of the case up to and including trial. Among other things, I have helped both a major technology company faced with a Korean government investigation into alleged theft of trade secrets and a large manufacturer of highway safety products in a federal investigation into allegations of false claims secure written declinations to prosecute.

I also represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a number of commercial litigation matters. I have extensive experience defending against putative class actions, and previously represented a major national bank in a multi-district federal litigation comprised of over 30 different consolidated class actions. I am currently defending the founder and former CEO of a specialty pharmaceutical company against nearly 250 civil actions in state and federal courts throughout the country.

What do you see on the horizon?

In recent years, countries around the globe have begun to devote more resources and attention to combatting public corruption—including some in which corruption historically has flourished. With this renewed focus on anti-corruption measures, we can expect increased cross-border cooperation between the U.S. Department of Justice and its analogues in other countries to investigate and prosecute corporate corruption, bribery, money laundering, and other offenses that straddle international borders. In this environment, it’s crucial for businesses to retain experienced counsel to help them take measures to prevent wrongdoing in the first place, and to assist them in swiftly responding to government investigations that may arise.

Presentations

  • “Confidentiality of Client Identity,” NH Bar live webcast, June 26, 2020

Lakeville marijuana application for Northeast Alternatives still on hold after court hearing

The Herald News | April 28, 2021

This article, covering a client’s long-pending application for a provisional license to open a cultivation facility, quotes Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights from arguments on Monday before a Suffolk Superior Court judge, stating that NP client Northeast Alternatives deserves an answer.

Lawsuit Seeks Stop to Unnecessary Placements in NH Nursing Homes

Concord Monitor | January 12, 2021

Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz is quoted in this article covering a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program. In addition to Kierstan, the NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Medicaid waiver enrollees put at risk of unnecessary nursing home placement, lawsuit claims

McKnight’s Senior Living | January 12, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

New Hampshire Sued over 'Unnecessary' Nursing Facility Placements

Reuters Legal | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Lawsuit Alleges New Hampshire Is Failing to Administer Program for Seniors, People with Disabilities

New Hampshire Public Radio | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Lawsuit: State Shirking Responsibility for At-Home Care Services

New Hampshire Union Leader | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

New Hampshire House to Hold Hybrid Public Hearings on Bills

The Associated Press | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Mass. Pot Co. Says Regulator Sat On Application for Months

Law360 | September 21, 2020

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights is quoted in this article on a Massachusetts marijuana dispensary’s lawsuit alleging the state’s Cannabis Control Commission has failed to take action on the dispensary’s license application for nearly three times the 90-day prescribed turnaround time. The article mentions Mark and Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Charles Dell’Anno for representing the dispensary, Northeast Alternatives.

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

Law360 | August 28, 2019

New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.

Learn about the 2019 10 to Watch winners and all 20 finalists

Foster’s Daily Democrat | May 22, 2019

Manchester Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights was among the finalists in the sixth annual “10 to Watch” Seacoast Young Professionals.

Get the message: Update to the FCPA corporate enforcement policy

Reuters’ Government Contract | May 20, 2019

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Michael Strauss, both of the Manchester office, co-wrote this contributed article outlining changes in the way the Department of Justice expects companies to preserve “ephemeral communications” such as WhatsApp messages.

The Latest

New Hampshire Business Review | March 01, 2019

The promotion of Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights is mentioned in this roundup of notable business moves.

Avoiding corrupt practices abroad: When doing business internationally, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is essential

New Hampshire Business Review | August 30, 2018

Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Mark Knights wrote this contributed article on how cautious companies can comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and avoid corruption when doing business internationally.

Contact

Mark Knights

Partner

Manchester

Phone: 603-628-4027

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1144


Fax: 855-808-0656

George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of New Hampshire, B.A., summa cum laude

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

  • Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, NH Children’s Trust
  • Past Chair, Federal Practice Section, NH Bar Association
  • Ethics Committee, NH Bar Association
  • Hearings Committee, NH Attorney Discipline System
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