Mark Knights

Mark Knights is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group, where 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 provide guidance to individual and institutional clients at all stages of state and federal government investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions. I help businesses mitigate the risk of investigation and prosecution by designing and implementing strategies to prevent—and, if necessary, detect and remedy—wrongdoing by employees. Among other things, I have represented a major technology company faced with a Korean government investigation into alleged theft of trade secrets, a major financial services firm targeted in a civil investigation into alleged fair lending violations by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, a large manufacturer of highway safety products in a federal investigation into allegations of false claims to the Federal Highway Administration, and a large professional services firm subpoenaed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in a public corruption investigation.

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. In another, vigorously defended intellectual property action, I helped a large manufacturer obtain a multimillion dollar settlement from a competitor.

What do you see on the horizon?

State governments are under more financial pressure now than ever before. In pursuit of alternative streams of revenue, state attorneys general and regulatory agencies will aggressively pursue criminal and civil enforcement actions that carry the risk of large fines and financial penalties. At the federal level, we will continue to see prosecutors apply close scrutiny to companies operating in the highly regulated fields of health care, pharmaceuticals and financial services, and they will increasingly employ an array of civil enforcement mechanisms. In this environment, it is crucial for businesses to retain experienced counsel to assist them in swiftly responding to both criminal and civil investigations.

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.


Mark Knights



Phone: 603-628-4027


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


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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