Daniel Knowles III

Daniel E. Knowles III is a retired United States Magistrate Judge who brings 41 years of legal experience to his mediation clients. In addition to trying numerous cases in both state and federal courts prior to ascending to the bench, he has handled more than 7,500 settlement conferences involving virtually every area of litigation. Moreover, Judge Knowles presided over numerous jury and bench trials from 2003-2019. Since joining Perry Dampf, Judge Knowles has conducted over 400 mediations.



Judge Knowles served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana from January 2003 to January 2019. He was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1978.

His involvement in the legal community extends beyond his judicial role. For instance, he has been a member of the Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans since 1982 and served as a board member from 1992-1994, including a term as President in 1993. Judge Knowles also contributed to the legal education field, serving on the Planning Committee for the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference in 1996 and attending the conference from 2002-2019. He is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. Moreover, he has been a faculty member of the LSU Trial Advocacy Training Program since August 2004.


“The success of this mediation came in part from a mutual willingness to resolve the claim by the parties, but given their contrasting interests it more importantly came from your ability to navigate their respective needs to reach an agreement. Thank you for your insights in this process and your excellent work. I hope to be visiting with you again soon.”

"I wanted to follow-up to tell how pleased my client and I both were with your services as a mediator this past week. It was a pleasure working with you."

Louisiana State Bar Association