Travis A. Knobbe
Counsel
Pittsburgh, PA
office 412.325.3311
Charleston, WV
mobile 540.355.0389
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Mr. Knobbe’s primary areas of practice are general commercial litigation, product liability litigation, construction litigation, toxic tort litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation and appellate litigation. He has taken jury trials to verdict in construction litigation and securities litigation. Mr. Knobbe has argued motions for summary judgment, participated in mediations and empaneled juries in multiple toxic tort cases. He has also chaired multiple bench trials in commercial litigation cases and creditors' rights and bankruptcy cases.

Education

  • Bethany College, B.A., English Literature, 2004
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2008

Experience

Commercial and Securities Litigation

  • Chairing bankruptcy trial involving appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee in complex lending transaction in coal industry
  • Chairing federal bench trial resulting from breach of commercial lease and lease guaranty
  • Chairing jury trial on the merits of securities fraud litigation brought under Virginia Securities Act
  • Providing strategic support for arbitration in breach of contract litigation regarding commission due after sale of company

Construction Law

  • Chairing six-day jury trial on behalf of general contractor in breach of contract and breach of warranty
  • Defending against actions to enforce mechanic’s liens against financial institutional clients
  • Representing contractors and customers in litigation stemming from both residential and commercial construction projects
  • Advising clients regarding construction contracts between contractors and owners and contractors and subcontractors

Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy Law

  • Negotiating workout agreements between institutional financial clients and commercial borrowers
  • Representing institutional financial clients as both secured and unsecured creditors in individual and commercial Chapter 11 cases
  • Representing institutional financial client in obtaining favorable settlement objection to discharge litigation
  • Advising institutional financial clients regarding lender liability claims
  • Representing institutional financial clients in various stages of collection, including relief from stay proceedings, state and federal court deficiency actions, foreclosures, and repossession and sale of personal property

Other Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William F. Stone, Bankruptcy Judge of  the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Full-Time Judicial Extern to the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman, Circuit Judge of  the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
     
     
Appellate Litigation Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Construction Law Consumer Finance Litigation

Distinctions

  • Listed by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star
  • Order of Barristers
  • M. E. Lugar Trial Association
  • CALI Awards in Torts, Civil Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, and Judicial Power and Restraint
     
     

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
     
     

Publications & Presentations

  • Former Editor, The Construct, Spilman Thomas & Battle quarterly construction e-newsletter
  • Note, “Brennan v. Scalia:  Justice or Jurisprudence?  A Moderate Proposal,” 110 W. Va. L. Rev. 1265 (2008)
  • West Virginia Law Review
     
     
Recent Developments with Make-Whole Provisions in Chapter 11 Cases Spilman Attorneys Named to 2018 PA Super Lawyers Lists Creditors Beware: Inbound Bankruptcy Rule Changes Require Heightened Awareness The Site Report - Construction Law Insights: Issue 1, 2017 Spilman Further Strengthens Litigation Capabilities