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John Knab advises clients in a wide range of commercial matters including business organization law (corporations and limited liability companies); government contracting; licensing and other contracts; mergers; acquisitions; equity and debt financings; and other business transactions. He serves as general outside counsel to business organizations and their owners, advising on a range of legal issues, controversies, and opportunities. His clients work in numerous industries.

Many of his clients are small and emerging companies that are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and provide goods and services for U.S. government procurement. He advises on government contracts and subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint ventures on organizational and financing issues, and on the structure and negotiations of mergers and acquisitions. He has advised clients in numerous transactions, helping them achieve excellent results when they sell their companies.

John represents broadcast and communications tower companies in the negotiation and closing of business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and business restructurings. In the past years, he assisted in a $100-million divesture and sale of a family-owned radio broadcast company.

He also represents many clients in international transactions, either foreign entities doing business in the U.S. or U.S. companies doing business in foreign countries. He has represented Russian, Chinese, and Indian clients in the U.S. From 1993 to 1996, he served as senior American attorney for the Moscow office on an international law firm.

John represents a growing number of musicians, and producers, music distributors, as well as several authors.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section, Subcommittee on Emerging Companies
  • Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Instructor, "An Introduction to the Legal System," American Law Institute, 1997-1999
  • Instructor, Introduction to Federal Procurement Law, The Federal Contracting Academy, Montgomery County Community College, 2011
  • Election Observer, Egyptian Parliamentary Elections, January 2014, as part of mission of Democracy International

Community Activities

  • Member, East Bethesda Citizen Association, BRAC Committee
  • Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 255, Chevy Chase, Md.

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, 10.3.13
  • "Negotiating the Deal," National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Program
    Speaking Engagement
    Washington, D.C., 2007-2010
  • Speaking Engagement
    Shady Grove Innovation Center, Rockville, MD, 3.11.10
  • "Safety Act for Certified Cargo Screening Facilities," Global Trade and Commerce Association, Air Cargo Security Summit
    Speaking Engagement
    Orlando, FL, 10.28.09
  • "Prime Versus Sub Considerations," Maryland Association of CPAs, Annual Government Contractors Conference
    Speaking Engagement
    Gaithersburg, MD, 9.9.09
  • "How to Avoid Pitfalls in Government Subcontracts," Garvey Schubert Barer and Macro Solutions, Inc.
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Washington, D.C., 6.24.08



  • Maryland, 1993
  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • Court of Federal Claims, 2014


American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992

American University, M.A., Law in International Relations, 1993

State University of New York at Albany, B.A., Russian, 1986


  • Russian
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