Kenton Knop focuses his practice on matters concerning the sale of goods and related commercial litigation, data privacy laws and data breach response, intellectual property and antitrust matters. As part of his commercial practice he drafts and reviews distribution agreements, sales terms and conditions, confidentiality agreements, and license agreements. In addition, Kenton’s practice includes non-profit organization law, including counseling clients on establishing non-profit organizations and obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for such organizations. Kenton supports a number of the firm’s Japanese-owned clients and his fluency in Japanese enables him to effectively communicate.
Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Kenton served as Associate Special Counsel to the three co-lead counsel for the Auto Dealership Plaintiffs in the Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, in scores of antitrust cases that are an outgrowth of one of the largest international antitrust investigations in history. In 2015, he was a summer associate with Masuda Funai.
Kenton currently serves as the Director of the Chicago Chapter of The Japanese American Citizen League (JACL) and he is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Before law school, Kenton participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program as a Coordinator for International Relations for the City of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan. Kenton currently holds Level One certification for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and Level Two certification for the Test of Proficiency in Korean.