Sage R. Knauft is a partner in WFBM's Orange County general litigation department. His diverse practice areas include business litigation, employment law, environmental litigation, construction law, products liability, premises liability and public entity litigation. Throughout his career, he has successfully represented a wide variety of clients, including private companies and individuals, municipalities, manufacturers, distributors, contractors, subcontractors and property owners in complex and multi-party litigation. Sage has been involved in several trials and arbitrations and has successfully negotiated numerous favorable settlements for his clients. In addition to his litigation practice, Sage frequently gives lectures and presentations in various topics relating to his practice areas.

Law School achievements include: Production Editor, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review and Author: Proposed Guidelines For Measuring the Propriety of Armed State Responses to Terrorist Attacks (1996).

Born in Berkeley, Sage is a life-long California resident, having obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He met his wife Peggy in San Francisco and they now reside with their two daughters, Maggie and Katie, in Laguna Niguel. Sage enjoys international travel, music, cooking, collecting fine wines, and, above all, spending time with his family.

Recent Presentations, Conferences & Speaking Engagements

"Equal Access or Undue Hardship: Demystifying Workplace Accommodation Claims", Stevens Point, WI (2014)

"Selected Issues in Environmental Litigation - An Update: Asbestos, Benzene, Pollution, Trucking/Diesel Fuel", Stevens Point, WI (2014)

"What the Tweet?! Collecting and Using Social Media Evidence to Investigate Claims", Key West, FL (2012), Wausau, WI (2012); Stevens Point, WI (2012)

"He Said/She Said: Workplace Harassment & Retaliation - What Every Claims Representative Needs To Know", Stevens Point, WI (2012)

"Ethics 101 For Insurance Carrier Selected Defense Counsel", HB Litigation Conference, Construction Litigation Leaders" Forum, Marina del Rey, CA (2011)

"Evaluating & Defending Inverse Condemnation Claims", Walnut Creek, CA (2010)

"Wage & Hour Update 2010", Huntington Beach, CA (2010)

Representative Trials and ADR

Goodwin v. Ingersoll Rand; Products Liability, Defense Verdict

OCLA v. Susan's Healthy Gourmet, Business Litigation, Binding Arbitration Award

McKinnon v. Club Car, Inc., Products Liability, Mediated Settlement

Hehr v. Harding Lawson Associates, Products Liability, Mediated Settlement

Cipriano v. Mainline, Inc., Employment Practices Liability, Mediated Settlement

Wroblewski v. City of Orange, Employment Practices Liability, Mediated Settlement
Contact Information
T: 714.634.2522
F: 714.634.0686
University of California, Santa Barbara
(B.A. 1994)

University of California,
Hastings College of the Law
(J.D. 1997)
State Bar of California

Orange County Bar Association
California (1998)
Areas of Practice
Business Litigation

Construction Law

Employment Law

Environmental Law

Premises Liability Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

Public Entity Defense