Josiah Knapp brings a mix of legal and business skills to the practice of law, which enable him to craft practical, business-minded solutions to complex legal issues. Josiah began his legal career in 1990 as the clerk to a New Jersey Superior Court Judge before becoming an associate and later a partner in a mid-sized, 60-attorney, law firm in New Jersey. Here, his practice was split between business transactional law and civil litigation.
In 1999, Josiah became General Counsel of a national real estate and development company, Vineland Construction Company. Within a year he rose to become a Vice President and General Counsel for its parent company, NFI Industries and soon thereafter was promoted to a Senior Vice President and General Counsel. While General Counsel at NFI, Josiah directed all legal department operations involving transactional and litigation matters for the entire organization throughout the United States and Canada. The transactional work involved drafting and negotiating customer contracts, commercial loan agreements, software licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, loan workouts, labor/employment matters, real estate purchase/sale agreements, leases and development and construction agreements. The litigation matters included contract disputes, commercial loan issues, construction and real estate problems, bankruptcy, collection, employment/discrimination, insurance and auto/general liability claims. Josiah successfully completed multiple complex corporate mergers/asset acquisitions with values ranging from $8 million to $50 million.
After several years as General Counsel for NFI Industries, Josiah was promoted to President and COO of NFI Real Estate where he directed the day-to-day operations, with budgeting and P&L responsibility, for a $300 million national real estate development and management company with commercial, office, and industrial properties. As President of NFI Real Estate, Josiah was responsible for leasing operations throughout the country and property management and maintenance of over 20 million square feet of space. In addition, he was responsible for purchasing and selling real estate and all aspects of development projects, including locating and acquiring land for new developments, obtaining all governmental approvals, managing building design, value engineering and negotiating and finalizing construction agreements.