Former Morris County Prosecutor, Fred Knapp, Esq., has joined Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP as Senior Counsel. Knapp will lead Laddey Clark & Ryan’s new Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice, serving as a mediator, arbitrator and hearing officer. He will also be active in the Firm’s Employment and Labor Law and Government Services practices, calling upon his 35+ years of experience. Building on his law enforcement and investigatory background, Knapp will also conduct internal investigations.
Mr. Knapp retired from the Morris County Prosecutor’s office effective November 1, 2020.
Knapp was appointed Morris County Prosecutor by Governor Chris Christie in June 2014, following confirmation by the New Jersey Senate. Previously, he served as Acting Morris County Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General since December 2012. He previously chaired the Labor and Employment Law practice at his own law firms for nearly 30 years.
Prior to his appointment as Morris County Prosecutor, Knapp had served as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice from 1979 to 1983 in the Appellate, Trial and Casino Prosecution sections. In 1981, Knapp was appointed a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and was assigned by the Department of Justice to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force. In that capacity, he investigated and prosecuted Organized Crime and Racketeering cases arising in Atlantic City and Southern New Jersey. Knapp also worked with the New Jersey State Police Intelligence Bureau and Atlantic City Special Investigations Bureau on Organized Crime Investigations, also originating in Atlantic and Camden Counties.
Knapp served as President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey and previously held several offices in that organization. He made narcotics enforcement a priority with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and spoke regularly on that topic. In 2017, Knapp was named "Prosecutor of the Year" by the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. In 2020, the New Jersey Bias Crime Officers Association presented Knapp with their “Visionary Leadership Award.” Knapp was also one of 25 prosecutors selected nationally by the National District Attorneys' Association to serve on the NDAA Opioid/Heroin Task Force to develop a national strategy to combat the epidemic. He also served as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Police Training Commission.