Perry Dampf


Daniel E. 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.

In June 1997, Judge Knowles received his mediation certification at the Attorney-Mediators Institute of Dallas, Texas.  He has been selected to serve as speaker for programs sponsored in Louisiana and across the United States.  He is also the author of various articles in connection with Continuing Legal Education programs and Fifth Circuit Civil News including: Knowles, III, Daniel E., The Federal Rules: Upcoming Amendments, Fifth Circuit Civil News, April 2006, Volume 7, Number 1, pages 1, 7-8.

Areas of Concentration

Admiralty, Maritime/Jones Act/OCSLA

Casualty and Liability Litigation

Class Action

Commercial Litigation


Personal Injury

Product Liability

Property Damage involving Vessels


B.A., Louisiana State University (1975)

J.D., Louisiana State University School of Law (1978)


United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana,
January 2003-January 2019

Admitted to the Bar, 1978, Louisiana

Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans, member, 1982-present; board member, 1992-1994; President, 1993

Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference - member of Planning Committee, 1996; attendee, 2002-2019

Louisiana State Bar Association - member of Federal Bench - Bar Liaison Committee

Faculty member LSU Trial Advocacy Training Program August 2004 - present


“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."