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Hon. Thomas J. Knopf (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Louisville, Kentucky.

Hon. Thomas J. Knopf (Ret.)

Retired Judges Mediation & Arbitration Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 70318
Louisville, KY 40270
Tel: (502)721-9900
Fax: (888)389-3559
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Recognized to Kentucky Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Insurance Umpire, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2003
  • # of MEDS (as of 17/7/24)4500
  • # of ARBS (as of 17/7/24)30
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Judge Tom Knopf was a judge for over 27 years. He served 12 years as a District Judge and 15 years as a Circuit court judge in Louisville Kentucky. He was Chief Judge of both the Jefferson District and Circuit Courts. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for years 2008-2023 in the field of alternative dispute resolution.He was named Lawyer Of The Year, in the field of mediation ,by Best Lawyers in America in 2023. He is also listed ,in 2016 ,as a Super Lawyer in Kentucky.Judge Knopf has mediated over 4000 cases in the past twenty years.

Case Experience

  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • Xavier University, B.S. Economics (Magna Cum Laude), 1970
  • University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., 1973

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 1996 Member, Louisville Bar Association Executive Committee
  • 1977-78 Member, District Court Advisory Committee
  • 1973-Present Member, Kentucky Bar Association
  • 1973-Present Member, Louisville Bar Association

Rates Information

$350 hourly for mediation - two-hour minimum for half day; four-hour minimum for all day

$400 hourly for arbitration - two-hour minimum for half day; four-hour minimum for all day

Cancellation charge of $200 if mediation is cancelled less than 7 days in advance.

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