Vedder Price

Frederic T. Knape

Counsel

Frederic T. Knape is Counsel at Vedder Price and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets, and Intellectual Property practice areas in the Chicago office.

Mr. Knape has broad experience counseling clients and litigating cases across a range of complex matters, including the enforcement and enforceability of restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, unfair business practices, copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, and other breach of contract and business tort actions.

Mr. Knape is also a member of the firm’s Trade & Professional Associations practice group where he has gained extensive experience as parliamentarian and outside counsel representing private medical associations in connection with their internal grievance and professional conduct programs.

In addition to his general counseling and trial work, Mr. Knape has a dynamic appellate practice. He has been involved in a number of cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, including a first impression common law parentage action premised on contract law principles and a leading Illinois case involving the enforceability of restrictive covenants in the medical profession. He has successfully opposed petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, and principally authored briefs in numerous federal and state court appeals.

Mr. Knape also has filed noteworthy amicus curiae briefs in various appellate court actions, including most recently on behalf of a medical specialty society in the Texas Supreme Court involving medical peer review privileges, and another in the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of a state lobbying organization seeking to overturn a controversial appellate court decision concerning the adequacy of consideration to support employee restrictive covenants.

Mr. Knape has built a highly successful practice and gained the respect of clients, colleagues and the courts based on a philosophy that success stems from a clear understanding of client needs channeled through the credibility of persuasive and reasoned advocacy.

Frederic T. Knape

Counsel

Experience

  • Represented medical specialty society in dismissal of claims by operator of birthing center involving collaborative practice arrangements. Williston v. Vasterling et al., 536 S.W.3d 321 (Mo. Ct. App. 2017).
  • Represented electronic locker concessionaire in dismissal of putative class action under state biometric information privacy statute. McCollough v. Smarte Carte, Inc., 2016 WL 4077108 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 1, 2016).
  • Represented professional medical association on appeal of claims by member stemming from discipline for improper expert witness testimony. Barrash v. Am. Ass’n of Neurological Surgeons, 812 F.3d 416 (5th Cir. 2016).
  • Represented supermarket chain in putative class action involving calculation of sales tax on manufacturer reimbursed coupons. Wong v. New Albertson’s, Inc., No. 15 C 1732 (N.D. Ill. 2015).
  • Represented professional medical association in connection with petition for writ of certiorari by member challenging discipline for professional misconduct. Ioppolo v. Rumana et al., 135 S. Ct. 1896 (U.S. 2015).
  • Represented medical specialty society in dismissal of claims for alleged violations of federal antitrust laws. Vincent v. Utah Plastic Surgery Soc’y et al., 621 Fed. Appx. 5462015 (10th Cir. Aug. 31, 2015).
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of specialty pharmacy against former employee and competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets. BriovaRx, LLC. v. Savedra et al., No. H-13-3056 (S.D. Tex. 2014).
  • Represented professional medical association on appeal of claims by former member for suspension of membership. Brandner v. Am. Ass’n of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 760. F.3d 627 (7th Cir. 2014).
  • Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of telecommunications solutions provider against former employee to enforce restrictive covenants. PCTelWorx, Inc. v. Mize et al., No. 13 CVS 1146 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 2013).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of telecommunications provider in defense of defamation suit by former employee. Powell v. XO Commc’ns, LLC et al., 2012 WL 5428716 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 7, 2012).
  • Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of product development company against former employees who started competing business. Ignite USA, LLC v. LeapFrog Prod. Dev., LLC, No. 09 CH 16274 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, IL 2010).
  • Represented energy company in dismissal of employment contract dispute brought by former Chief Executive Officer. Sullivan v. Leor Energy LLC, 600 F.3d 542 (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Represented HR management consulting firm in a trade secrets case against former employees who resigned en masse to work for a competitor. Hewitt Assoc., LLC v. Mitchell et al., Case No. 30-2010-00338832 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2010).
  • Represented manufacturer in connection with action against former executives for breach of restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. Mueller Ind., Inc. v. Berkman et al., 927 N.E.2d 794 (Ill. App. Ct. 2010).
  • Represented medical specialty society in dismissal of trademark infringement action by individual claiming to be domain name holder. Ezzo v. Google, Inc. et al., No. 09 CV 159 (M.D. FL. 2010).
  • Represented architectural firm in defense of copyright action resulting in favorable settlement after dismissal of claims by competitor. Kluber Skahan & Assoc., Inc. v. Cordogan, Clark & Assoc., Inc. et al., 2009 WL 466812 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 25, 2009).
  • Represented executive in defense of suit by former employer to enforce restrictive covenants in employment agreement. ADP, Inc. v. Rogalski, No. ESX-L-56920-08 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. 2008).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of medical practice in defense of suit by former shareholder physician seeking to invalidate corporate action. Kern v. Arlington Ridge Pathology, S.C. et al., 893 N.E.2d 999 (Ill. App. Ct. 2008).
  • Represented publishing company in dismissal of multimillion dollar defamation case by former executive. Rose v. Hollinger Int’l, Inc., 889 N.E.2d 644 (Ill. App. Ct. 2008).
  • Represented commercial artist in defense of suit by publisher of greeting cards resulting in favorable settlement after defeating motion for injunctive relief. Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc. v. Davis, 533 F. Supp. 2d 798 (N.D. Ill. 2008).
  • Represented medical specialty society in dismissal of multi-district litigation involving hormone replacement therapies. Doefler v. Wyeth, Inc. et al., MDL No. 4:03-CV-1507 (E.D. Ark. 2008).
  • Represented manufacturer against former employees and competitor in trade secrets misappropriation and restrictive covenant case. Clarcor, Inc. v. Muennich et al., 1:07-CV-189 (S.D. Ohio 2007).
  • Represented medical practice in action to enforce physician restrictive covenants in employment agreements. Mohanty v. St. John Heart Clinic, 866 N.E.2d 85 (Ill. 2006).
  • Represented political action committee in dismissal of defamation suit brought by candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court. Maag v. Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, 2006 WL 408231 (S.D. Ill. Feb. 17, 2006).

Frederic T. Knape

Counsel

Education

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1994

Frederic T. Knape

Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1998

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2013

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association