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 professional medical association in connection with petition for writ of certiorari by member challenging dismissal of claims stemming from disciplinary proceeding for professional misconduct. Ioppolo v. Rumana et al., 135 S. Ct. 1896 (U.S. 2015).
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of specialty pharmacy against former employee and his new employer for misappropriation of trade secrets and other confidential information. 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 challenging suspension of his membership for violation of ethical standards. Brandner v. Am. Ass’n of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 760. F.3d 627, (7th Cir. 2014).
  • Filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of a medical specialty society involving issue of whether the provision of expert medical testimony constitutes the practice of medicine for purposes of peer review privilege and immunity protections. In re Higby, 414 S.W. 3d 771 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. granted).
  • Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of telecommunications solutions provider against former employee to enforce restrictive covenants in employment agreement. PCTelWorx, Inc. v. Mize et al., No. 13 CVS 1146 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 2013).
  • Represented professional medical association of plastic surgeons in dismissal of claims by cosmetic surgeons for alleged violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and the Latham Act based on advertising campaign. Vincent v. Utah Plastic Surgery Soc’y et al., 2013 WL 4782354 (D. Utah. Sept. 5, 2013).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of telecommunications provider in defense of suit by former employee for defamation and other claims relating to termination of employment. Powell v. XO Commc’ns, LLC et al., 2012 WL 5428716 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 7, 2012).
  • Obtained temporary restraining order as well as preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of product development company against group of former employees who started competing business. Ignite USA, LLC v. LeapFrog Prod. Dev., LLC et al., No. 09 CH 16274 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, IL 2010).
  • Represented HR management consulting firm in a trade secrets misappropriation action against group of 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 professional medical association in defense of trademark infringement action filed by holder of a domain name that resulted in dismissal of action. Ezzo v. Google, Inc. et al., No. 09 CV 159 (M.D. FL. 2010).
  • Represented energy company in dismissal of $75 million employment contract dispute brought by the former Chief Executive Officer. Sullivan v. Leor Energy LLC, 600 F.3d 542 (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Represented architectural firm in defense of copyright action that resulted in favorable settlement after dismissing certain of the competitor's claims. Kluber Skahan & Assoc., Inc. v. Cordogan, Clark & Assoc., Inc. et al., No. 08-CV-1529, 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 commercial artist in defense of suit by publisher of greeting cards seeking injunctive and other relief that resulted in favorable settlement after defeating publisher's motion for temporary restraining order. Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc. v. Davis, 533 F. Supp. 2d 798 (N.D. Ill. 2008).
  • Represented medical specialty society in dismissal of 440 individual lawsuits before the federal Multi-District Litigation Panel alleging damages resulting from exposure to hormone replacement therapy medications. Doefler v. Wyeth, Inc. et al., MDL No. 4:03-CV-1507 (E.D. Ark. 2008).
  • Represented international publishing company in dismissal of multimillion dollar defamation case. Rose v. Hollinger Int’l, Inc., 889 N.E.2d 644 (Ill. App. Ct. 2008).
  • Represented international manufacturing company against former employees and new employer in trade secrets misappropriation, restrictive covenant and breach of fiduciary duty case arising out of theft of technology and establishment of a competitive enterprise. Clarcor, Inc. v. Doug Muennich et al., 1:07-CV-189 (S.D. Ohio 2007).
  • Represented medical practice in action to enforce physician restrictive covenants in employment agreements where the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the enforceability of the restrictions. Mohanty v. St. John Heart Clinic, 832 N.E.2d 940 (Ill. App. Ct. 2005), aff'd, 866 N.E.2d 85 (Ill. 2006).
  • Represented political action committee in dismissal of $110 million defamation suit brought by former Illinois Appellate Court judge and candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court. Maag v. Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, No. 3:05-CV-00711-DRH, 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