Halsey G. Knapp, Jr.


Halsey Knapp is a trial lawyer who regularly advises clients on crisis management and best practices with particular emphasis on business arrangements, real estate transactions, graceful employment departures, legal ethics, and more antagonistic, high stakes, business divorces and business litigation. As a seasoned negotiator, Halsey frequently handles relationship issues with lawyers, clients, suppliers, competitors, owners, operators and the occasional government prosecutor or regulator. Although Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (“Chambers”) cited Halsey for being a “talented trial lawyer noted for being tenacious,” Halsey also brings a “solution-oriented” approach to disputes. Halsey brings judgment and wisdom to any negotiating table. His most prized award is being named 2022 Best Mentor in Atlanta by the Fulton County Daily Report in recognition of his commitment to the very talented young lawyers around him that he continuously counsels on how to be professional, game changing trial lawyers 


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  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.A.
  • The Hill School, Pottstown, PA


  • Georgia, 1980
  • Georgia Registered Neutral (Mediation), 2011

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
    • Atlanta Chapter, Board of Directors, (2012 to 2018)
    • Special Committee on Role of Magistrate Judges in the N.D. of Ga. (2010)
    • Special Committee on the Local Rules in the N.D. of Ga. (2012-2015)
  • 11th Circuit Historical Society
    • Georgia Delegate (1994 to 2005)
    • Treasurer (2005-2010)
    • Secretary (2010 to 2017)
    • President (2018-Present)
  • Cooper Inn of Court
    • Master (1992 to date)
    • Executive Committee (2000 to 2016)
    • President (2001-2004)
  • Fulton County Business Court Committee Board (2011 to 2018)
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Disciplinary Revenue Board Member (2018-2023)
    • Disciplinary Revenue Board Vice Chair (2022-2023)
    • State-wide Business Court Committee Member (2023)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Dispute Resolution Section
      • Former Chair (2016)
      • Board of Directors (2012 to 2018)
      • Program Co-Director (2013-2014)
    • Litigation Section
    • Estate Planning & Probate Section
  • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (2022)
    • Business Law Section/LLC Institute
    • Trust & Estate Law Committee
  • Gate City Bar
  • Cobb County Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Emory University School of Law
    • Board of Law Advisors (2011-2015)
  • Lawyers Club, Member
    • Executive Committee (1998-2000),
    • Chair, Rules, Practice and Judiciary Committee (1999-2000)
  • Paces Civic Association
    • Board of Directors, (2011-2014)
    • President (2012-2014)
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Member (1986 to date)
    • Former Annual Stewardship Co-Chair
    • Former Chair and current Member of Finance Committee
    • Chair of Personnel Committee (2012-2015)
    • Member of several Pastor Nominating Committees


Halsey received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Cornell University before earning his law degree in 1980 from Emory University School of Law, where he received the Best Brief Award in the Law Day Competition and served as President of the Student Bar Association. His association with Emory continues to this day as a Master, Executive Committee Member, and former President of the Cooper Inn of Court. Halsey has always been an active member of the legal community and is currently serving as the president of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, the State Bar of Georgia’s state-wide Business Court Committee, and just finished serving as the Vice Chair on the State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Review Board. Halsey frequently speaks on jury selection, crisis management, business litigation and alternate dispute resolution topics.