Colleen E. McKnight

Senior Counsel


Colleen McKnight is a senior counsel and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Colleen’s practice primarily focuses on protecting and equipping entrepreneurs and innovators. Her practice involves the representation of these trail blazers still in the “start-up” phase to those in large corporations. She handles and advises on cases in this area for clients across a variety of industries particularly energy, technology and healthcare. Colleen’s extensive experience allows her to aid clients in using a variety of tools to protect their intellectual property, reputation, and blood, sweat and tears invested in their businesses and innovations. 

Colleen’s experience includes extensive trial experience, including first-chair jury trial experience, and trial experience before state and federal courts, as well as confidential arbitrations. Colleen has significant experience advising clients in all facets of litigation including case assessment and strategy, factual investigation, electronic discovery, dispositive motions, mediation, depositions, trial preparation and trial.  

In addition to her trial experience, Colleen is an experienced brief writer and has also obtained numerous successful state and federal appellate orders.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a temporary injunction and successful settlement against a medical device client’s competitor for Lanham Act and common law false advertising claims
  • Successfully defended a health care company in jury trial from unmerited claims for excessive commissions
  • Defended oil and gas operator in bench trial against top lessor’s quiet title claims
  • Effectively cross examined Plaintiffs’ key expert in confidential arbitration leading to the dismissal of a $45 million property claim, and contributing to a favorable settlement
  • Service as an outside counsel for deep-learning artificial intelligence technology company
  • Obtained an order from the 5th Circuit court of appeals overturning death penalty sanctions and summary judgment award 

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Member and Mentor, Christian Legal Society
    • Member, Women’s Energy Network 


      • Recognized, Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2022)

      Community Involvement

      • Board Member, Maverick PAC
      • National Co-Chair, Maverick PAC Women
      • Deacon, Sojourn Heights Community Church
      • Leader, D-Group
      • Founding Member and Leader of Women Helping Women Networking Breakfast
      • Co-chair of 2021 May Event and Volunteer, Fostering Family 

      Honors & Awards

      • Recognized, Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2021, 2022)


      • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, (2011), with honors
        • Chair, Board of Advocates
        • Champion, Strasburger Senior Mock Trial Competition
        • Champion, Baron and Budd Intermediate Mock Trial Competition
        • Staff Editor, Texas Journal for Women in the Law
      • B.A., Texas Wesleyan University, summa cum laude
        • English Rhetoric and Composition (2008), Vocal Music Performance (2007)
        • Recipient, Guardian of the Golden Shears Award
        • Recipient, Law Sone Award, University's Top Female Student (2006-2007)
        • President and Vice President, Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society
        • Recipient, Augie Mae Howell Scholarship for Excellence in English
        • Recipient, Neeley-Wynn-Houser Award for Excellence in Writing


        • Texas
        • North Dakota
        • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
        • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
        • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals