Vedder Price

Frederic T. Knape


Frederic T. Knape is Counsel at Vedder Price and a member of the Commercial Litigation practice area based in Chicago.

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 also has been at the forefront of defending class actions under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

In addition to his counseling and litigation practice, Mr. Knape has developed a particular expertise and knowledge of restrictive covenants in all fifty states, routinely drafting agreements in the employment, sale-of-business and commercial settings, conducting internal audits and implementing policies and practices for managing competitive hires/departures and business-to-business relationships.

As a member of the firm’s Trade & Professional Associations practice group, Mr. Knape has gained extensive experience as parliamentarian and outside counsel representing private medical associations and specialty societies with their internal ethics and professional conduct programs.

Mr. Knape also 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 seminal lawsuit involving the enforceability of restrictive covenants in the medical profession. He has filed noteworthy amicus curiae briefs, including on behalf of a medical specialty society in the Texas Supreme Court concerning medical peer review privileges, and another in the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of a state lobbying organization seeking to overturn a controversial lower court decision involving 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



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

Frederic T. Knape


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


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

Frederic T. Knape



Biometric Privacy and Other Class Actions

  • Represented third-party logistics provider in voluntary dismissal of putative class action under state biometric information privacy statute.  Carmello v. FedEx Supply Chain, Inc., No. 19-cv-08115 (N.D. Ill. 2020).
  • Represented hospital in dismissal of putative class action under state biometric information privacy statute. Gray v. Univ. of Chicago Med. Ctr. et al., 2020 WL 1445608 (N.D. Ill. 2020).
  • Represented technology vendor in voluntary dismissal of putative class actions under state biometric information privacy statute.  Crooms et al. v. Southwest Airlines Co. et al., No. 19-cv-02149 (N.D. Ill. 2019).
  • Represented communications infrastructure service provider in putative class action under state biometric information privacy statute. Zhirovetskiy v. Zayo Group, LLC, 17-CH-09323 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, IL 2018).
  • Represented manufacturer in voluntary dismissal of putative class action under state biometric information privacy statute.  Valladares v. Alvarado Manufacturing Co., Inc., No. 17-cv-06052 (N.D. Ill. 2017).
  • Represented technology vendor in voluntary dismissal of putative class actions under state biometric information privacy statute.  Doporcyk v. Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. et al., 17-cv-05250 (N.D. Ill. 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. 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).

Trade & Professional Associations

  • 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 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 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. 2015).
  • 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).
  • Represented medical specialty society in filing amicus brief concerning application of peer review privilege to medical expert witness testimony . In re Higby, 414 S.W. 3d 771 (Tex. App. Ct. 2013).
  • 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 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).

Restrictive Covenants, IP and Trade Secrets

  • Represented manufacturer in action against former employee for undisclosed operation of a competing company. Beemak Plastics, LLC v. Topping et al., 19 CH 01704 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, IL 2019).
  • 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).
  • 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 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 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 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. 2009).
  • 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 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).
  • Represented manufacturer against former employees and competitor in trade secrets misappropriation and restrictive covenant case. Clarcor, Inc. v. Muennich et al., 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).

Other Business Contracts/Torts

  • 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. 2012).
  • 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).
  • 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 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. 2006).