Food and beverage
Jonah M. Knobler is a Partner in Patterson Belknap’s Litigation Department. His practice centers on class action defense, false advertising litigation, and appellate litigation. Knobler represents some of the nation’s best-known businesses, including leaders in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, dietary supplement, technology, and media sectors. He has helped clients defeat numerous consumer and payor class actions, favorably resolve major competitor disputes, and prevail on appeals with industry-wide importance.
Outside of court, Mr. Knobler is a rising thought leader in the areas of complex litigation and food-and-drug law. He founded and co-edits Misbranded, the first blog focusing on false advertising litigation involving FDA-regulated products. He also tweets regularly about developments in these areas. Mr. Knobler’s commentary is often published in Bloomberg Law, Law360, and the New York Law Journal, among other places, and his writings have been cited in over 20 law review articles, a leading treatise, and several judicial opinions.
Mr. Knobler also has an active pro bono practice, presently focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and voting rights. He was Supreme Court co-counsel for the plaintiffs in Rucho v. Common Cause, a challenge to North Carolina’s gerrymandered congressional districts, which some commentators called the most important case of the 2018-19 Supreme Court Term. Mr. Knobler has also prepared and filed amicus briefs in other high-profile Supreme Court cases, including Bostock v. Clayton County (LGBTQ+ employment discrimination), Evenwel v. Abbott (one-person-one-vote), and Obergefell v. Hodges (marriage equality).
For his work, Mr. Knobler has repeatedly been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hotlist” and Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars.” In 2019, he was named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal and one of four “Defenders of Democracy” by Common Cause for his voting-rights work. And in 2018, the National LGBT Bar named him one of the “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” who have “distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.”
Mr. Knobler received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, cum laude / Phi Beta Kappa. Early in his career, he clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Hon. Frederic Block of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Updated June 2021