Attorney David G. Knitter

Bay Area, Solano, Napa and Sacramento Call

707-469-8880   OR     415-331-7500

Attorney David G. Knitter

Attorney David G. Knitter practices in the area of financial elder abuse, contested conservatorships and trusts and estates litigation. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California (TEXCOM). He is Past President of the Solano County Bar Association (SCBA) and was honored as Attorney of the Year in 2006. Mr. Knitter has written extensively on financial elder abuse, undue influence and probate and trust litigation issues. He has presented locally and nationally for organizations including the State Bar of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Administrative Office of the Courts, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), LAS, Elder Financial Protection Network, several county bar associations, estate planning councils, civic and professional groups. Topics have included undue influence, financial elder abuse, probate and trust litigation and related subject matter.

Mr. Knitter was honored by the State of California and other political bodies for his contributions to elder abuse. He was featured as one of “NAELA’s litigators,” appearing on the cover of the NAELA News and is a former member of the NAELA Advocacy and Litigation Subcommittee.

Mr. Knitter’s 25 years of litigation expertise includes trust and probate litigation, claims and defense of undue influence and financial elder abuse, and contested conservatorships. His prior experience in litigating business and real estate claims makes Mr. Knitter uniquely qualified to handle most disputes. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in these and other areas of practice.

Recent Past Employment Positions

Gaw Van Male (Napa CA) 1998-2006 (Partner, founding Chair of Trust & Estates Litigation Practice Group)

Presentations/Classes/Seminars

  • How to Protect Against Financial Elder Abuse, Presented at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on November 2, 2016
  • Litigating Pre-Death Trust Contests, 89th Annual Convention of the State Bar of California in San Diego on September 30, 2016
  • Establishing a Conservatorship Based Upon Undue Influence, 2016 Summer Education Conference for the State Bar of California's Trusts and Estates Section on June 24, 2016
  • Understanding the Remedies Available for Financial Elder Abuse, 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California Thirty-Ninth Annual Fall Program, Trusts and Estates Law Section, State Bar of California, November 20, 2015
  • Protect Yourself When it Comes to Trusts & Estates, Yolo County Senior Resource & Crime Prevention Fair, October 14, 2015
  • Understanding the Remedies Available for Financial Elder Abuse, 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, October 9, 2015
  • Conduct A Better Deposition in Trust and Estates Litigation, 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Diego California, October 2014
  • Financial Elder Abuse & Legal Remedies, Estate Planning Council, Stockton, California, November 2013
  • Identifying Financial Elder Abuse and Advising Your Client in Pursuit of Legal Remedies, 86th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Jose California, October 2013
  • Analyzing the Numbers in Probate Litigation, What Is Really at Stake, 86th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Jose California, October 2013
  • Identifying Issues of Capacity and Undue Influence. Redwood Empire Estate Planning Counsel, Santa Rosa CA, January 2013
    Undue Influence: How to Identify Who is the Con. LAS 7th Annual Elder Abuse Conference, Hastings School of Law-San Francisco CA, May 2012
  • How to Conduct a Better Interview to Identify Elder Abuse and Undue Influence. National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2012 Annual Conference, Seattle WA, April 2012
  • Understanding and Proving Undue Influence to Fight Elder Abuse, LAS 6th Annual Elder Abuse Conference, Oakland CA, June 2011
  • Stopping the Elder Abuser, a 21st Century Predator, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys- National Institute Fall 2010
  • Undue Influence, California Administrative Office of the Courts, Statewide Court Investigator Training Fall 2009
  • Civil Remedies for Financial Elder Abuse, Solano FAST, 2008
  • Drawing the Line between Elder Rights and the Prevention of Elder Abuse Northern California Chapter NAELA 2007
  • Estate Litigation Evaluation and Strategies, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys- National Symposium, 2005
  • Estate Litigation Strategies Alameda County Bar Association- Fifth Annual Spring Symposium 2005
  • Strategies For Ending the Family Feud, CEB Fall 2004
  • Unintended Results of No Contest Clauses, Alameda County Bar Association,
  • Preventing Financial Elder Abuse, Annual Senior Health Summit-City of Vacaville
  • Several presentations on identifying and preventing elder abuse for Elder Financial Protection Network and numerous other community and professional organizations for the last decade or more