Byron D. Knight
Byron D. Knight is one of the principals in the firm of Knight, Hoppe, Kurnik, & Knight. Ltd.. Mr. Knight is a seasoned insurance defense litigator and has extensive experience as lead counsel in jury trials. His litigations experience includes the defense of products liability, municipal liability, automobile liability, Structural Work Act and construction injury claims, defamation, premises liability, property loss, and civil rights. He has tried numerous cases involving claims for substantial damages resulting from death, brain damage, neurological and psychological injury, and other serious injuries, in addition to multi-million-dollar property losses. Mr. Knight practices before the Illinois and Indiana Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is licensed to practice before the state bars of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Recent Career Highlights
- State Court granted Motion for Summary Judgment where the Plaintiff alleged that police officers trespassed, invaded privacy, and attempted breaking and entering after being dispatched to a reported shots fired call at the Plaintiff’s residence. Summary Judgment was granted based upon the Indiana Tort Claims Act, law enforcement immunity, I.C. 34-13-3-3(8). The Court determined that all actions taken by the police officers on the night in question were well within the scope and course of their employment as city police officers and entered judgment in favor of the Department. Buzalski v. City of Mishawaka, October 20, 2016, 71D04-1208-CT-00179.
- Trial of wrongful death case in February of 2016, Sheriff’s deputy alleged to have provided his wife with a gun that she used to commit suicide while in the scope of his employment. Indiana Court of Appeals reversed Plaintiff’s Tort Claims Capped Verdict and entered judgment in favor of Sheriff’s Department finding off duty law enforcement officer was not in the scope of his employment. Harris County Sheriff’s Department v. Ayers, 70 N.E.3d 414 (Ind. Ct. App.2017). Transferred denied in the Indiana Supreme Court on May 18, 2017. Floyd County Trial Case No. 22C01-1104-CT-000558.
- State Court jury verdict in favor of City where hockey coach slipped on mat and sustained injuries. Crawford v. City of Mishawaka, October 20, 2015, St. Joe County Case No. 71D04-1110-CT-229.