ATTORNEYS

  • Harold Knowles
  • Roosevelt Randolph
  • Dawn Whitehurst
  • Clayton Knowles
  • Linje’ Rivers

HAROLD KNOWLES

DOWNLOAD FULL BIO

Harold Knowles is the managing shareholder of the firm, which is the oldest African-American law firm in continuous existence in Florida. He assumes responsibility for the firm's real estate, probate and bond finance practices. Mr. Knowles is a product of the public school system of Leon County, Florida. Following graduation from Leon High School he enrolled in Florida State University and subsequently in the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Foundation Scholarship for three (3) years. Upon completion of his legal training and receipt of his Juris Doctorate, he was employed as an Assistant Attorney General by the Florida Department of Legal Affairs. In 1974 he opened his law practice and has been engaged in the private practice of law since. He currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Gretna, Florida, a position he has held for almost 40 years.

READ MORE +

Practices

  • Probate
  • Wills & Estates
  • Real Estate
  • Bond Finance
  • Corporate & General Business

Education

  • Florida State University
  • College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Florida State University
  • B.A., Government, 1969

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida

Memberships (Past and Present)

  • Board of Trustees of Florida State University
  • Board of Directors of Capital City Bank
  • Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Authority
  • Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority
  • Northwest Florida Black Business Investment Board
  • State of Florida Lottery Commission
  • Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission

ROOSEVELT RANDOLPH

DOWNLOAD FULL BIO

Roosevelt Randolph directs Knowles & Randolph’s litigation section. He is a 1974 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, having previously received dual degrees in political science and mathematics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From 1974 through 1977 he served as the Second Judicial Circuit's first African-American Assistant State Attorney and conducted jury trials in hundreds of criminal cases. Subsequently, in 1978, he pursued a private sector law practice forming Knowles & Randolph, concentrating in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases as well as medical malpractice litigation.

READ MORE +

Practices

  • Private Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Civil Litigation

Education

  • Florida State University
  • College of Law, J.D., 1974
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill B.A.
  • Mathematics and Political
  • Science 1971

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida 1973

Mediation

  • Mediator, 2013
  • Conducting mediation conferences involving
  • employment litigation, personal injury,
  • commercial litigation, and business
  • transactions

Memberships

  • Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court (Northern District of Florida)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards & Recognition

  • Past President of the American Inns of Court
  • Past President of Tallahassee Chapter of American Board of Trial Lawyers (ABOTA)
  • Past President of the Florida Bar
  • FoundationCommission

DAWN WHITEHURST

DOWNLOAD FULL BIO

Dawn Whitehurst is a 1988 graduate of Florida State University College of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree after having recieved a B.S. degree in criminology from Florida State University in 1985. In 1988, Ms. Whitehurst secured her first post-graduate employment as an Assistant State Attorney with the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office in Leon County, Florida. For approximately three (3) years thereafter, Ms. Whitehurst worked in the misdemeanor and felony divisions where she handled hundreds of jury and non-jury criminal trials. In 1991, she was hired as an Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where she prosecuted law enforcement officers, correctional officers and probation officers in formal administrative hearings throughout the State of Florida. She also provided training to officers around the state pertaining to the professional standards in their field and the officer discipline process, and was frequently asked to serve as a guest lecturer on various law enforcement topics.

READ MORE +

Practices

  • Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Business Litigation

Education

  • Florida State University
  • College of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Florida State University
  • B.S., Criminology, 1985

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 1989
  • Virginia, 2002

Memberships

  • Capital City Justice Association (CCJA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Master Lawyer of the Tallahassee American Inns of Court
  • Second Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee

Awards & Recognition

  • ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • NAACP Black Achiever’s Award
  • FDLE Superior Accomplishment
  • AwardCommission

CLAYTON KNOWLES

DOWNLOAD FULL BIO

Clayton Knowles was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012 upon graduation from The Florida State University College of Law. He also received a B.A. in Government from Florida State in 2006. While pursuing his undergraduate studies at Florida State Mr. Knowles was appointed as the Student Government Association’s Secretary of Campus Concerns by the Student Body President. While in law school, Mr. Knowles was a member of the College of Law’s Mock Trial Team. He began his legal career as an office assistant at the Bryant Miller Olive Law Firm in 2003. After his first year in law school, Mr. Knowles was hired as a law clerk at Knowles & Randolph until he was admitted to the Florida Bar. He currently serves as Board Legal Counsel for the City of Tallahassee Municipal Code Enforcement Board.

Practices

  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Business Litigation
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Criminal

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Class of 2010 – Juris Doctor
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Florida State University - Class of 2006 – B.A. – Government

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2012

LINJE’ RIVERS

DOWNLOAD FULL BIO

Linje Rivers joined the firm of Knowles & Randolph in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rivers worked as an Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. In both positions, Linje was assigned to the prosecution and enforcement division where he was responsible for ensuring federal and state regulatory compliance of licensees under the Insurance and Banking codes. During his time as an Assistant General Counsel, Mr. Rivers presented cases before the Florida District Courts of Appeals, Florida State Courts, the Division of Administrative Hearings, and informal hearing officers

After earning his Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics from Morehouse College in 2006, Mr. Rivers was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree by the University of Florida in 2009. Mr. Rivers’ focus within the firm’s practice areas is primarily in its civil litigation division with a concentration in administrative, appellate, commercial, construction, real property law and bond finance.

Mr. Rivers is admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia.

Practices

  • Administrative
  • Appellate
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Probate
  • Real Property

Education

  • University of Florida
  • College of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Morehouse College
  • B.A. Accounting and Economics, 2006

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2010
  • Georgia, 2010

Memberships

  • Tallahassee Legal Aid Foundation,
  • President-Elect, 2013 – Present
  • Government Lawyer Section – Florida Bar, Secretary - 2016-2017
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law, Standing
  • Committee, member – Florida Bar, 2016-2019
  • Diversity and Inclusion, Standing Committee, member – Florida Bar, 2014-2016
  • William Reece Leadership Academy - Florida Bar, Class III
  • Administrative Law Section, member – Florida Bar
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, member
  • Tallahassee Barristers Association, member
  • Community Human Services Program, Volunteer (2013- present)
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • ProgramCommission