Barry A. Knopf

Barry A. Knopf



Barry Knopf is a trial lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. He has participated in significant malpractice, personal injury and class action cases. In addition, Mr. Knopf has always maintained an active interest and practice in the area of probate litigation, representing both estates and contestants.

Mr. Knopf is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Program at Hofstra University School of Law. He taught Settlement Techniques at the New Jersey Judicial College. He was an instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy from 1989-1995. He has been and continues to be a lecturer and commentator for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, where he participates in programs such as “How to Try a Wrongful Death Case,” “Hot Tips in Tort Law,” “How to Try a Malpractice Case,” “Civil Trial Preparation,” “Preparing and Trying Medical and Legal Negligence Cases,” and, most recently, “Civil Case Update.” He is a Barrister in the Morris Pashman Inn of Court.

Mr. Knopf also has been appointed Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey representing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Mr. Knopf has been a Certified Civil Trial Attorney since 1982, being recertified in 1989, 1996, 2004, 2009 and 2014 by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey’s Board on Trial Attorney Certification.  He was included in (201) Magazine’s list of  Bergen’s “Top Lawyers” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, in Litigation and Personal Injury.  Mr. Knopf has been included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers, between 2005 and 2017, in Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury – General, and Estate & Trust Litigation.

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Mr. Knopf is a member of the firm’s executive committee.


  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • Rutgers University, B.A.

  • New Jersey
  • United Sates Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court


Mr. Knopf is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Skills and Methods Course at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association.

Mr. Knopf is a member of the Board of Trustees of JESPY House Inc. He served as President of the Board from 2011 to 2013.  JERSPY House is a non-profit organization whose goal is to enable adults with learning and developmental disabilities to lead independent lives and achieve their full potential. Mr. Knopf is a member of the Board of Governors of Maplewood Country Club.  He was the President of Temple Beth Tikvah from 1993-1995 and has been a Member of the Board of Trustees since 1983.

Mr. Knopf was recognized by Trial Lawyers Care., Inc., for his volunteer work representing victims and their families who sought compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.


Co-author with Audra DePaolo, McDougall v. Lamm: New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling that Emotional Distress Damages Are Not Available for Witnessing Death of Beloved Pet Keeps Man’s Best Friend in the Dog House,” 2012 LexisNexis Emerging Issues 6645 (September 2012)

Co-author with Audra DePaolo expert commentary “Federal Court in Bashir v. The Home Depot Slices Lessor’s Defense under NJPLA in Stump Grinder Case,” 2011 LexisNexis Emerging Issues 6153 (December 2011)

New Jersey Trial and Evidence, Chapter 6 “The Use of Character Proof in Civil and Criminal Matters,” (with Peter P. Green, Esq. and Alex Pisarevsky, Esq.) Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009)

LexisNexis Practice Guide New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation (Mathew Bender/Lexis-Nexis 2006 to 2015) (editor)

“New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation” (Mathew Bender/Lexis-Nexis 2007 – 2015) (co-author with Audra DePaolo)

“Professional Negligence–Malpractice Law in New Jersey,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1981 (2nd ed. 1985) (3rd ed. 1990) (4th ed. 1996) (co-author with Albert L. Cohn)

“Civil Trial Preparation,” Practical Skills Series, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990 (2nd ed. 1992)

“Drugs and Medical Devices: The Unavoidably Unsafe Products,” New Jersey Product Liability Law, New Jersey Law Journal Books, 1995 (co-author)

“An Analysis of Case Law Concerning the Wrongful Death Act,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1994 (co-author)

“Fireman’s Rule Revisited,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1992 (co-author)

“Personal Injury Practice in New Jersey,” National Business Institute, 1990 (co-author)


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