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About Thomas

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Thomas Knecht grew up on a small farm in northwestern Connecticut where his family raised beef and pork. He worked for his father’s concrete foundation company throughout his early life, and still occasionally lends a hand when he visits his parents and his dad needs help. At age 7, Thomas started playing hockey and, while his hockey career peaked in high school, he continues to play to this day.

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The early farm work and construction motivated Thomas to pursue an education and he was the first person in his family to attend college. He worked multiple jobs in college, including as a tutor and hockey referee, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Thomas went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics before graduating from Cornell Law School.

Thomas began his legal career on the East Coast and subsequently moved to Minnesota. He fell in love with a girl, then fell in love with Minnesota’s vibrant civic life, passion for hockey, entrepreneurial spirit, and appreciation for agriculture and the outdoors. He currently works as an attorney specializing in commercial litigation, where he represents entrepreneurs, small businesses, and individuals involved in business disputes. Thomas also practices real estate litigation and advises nonprofits. Previously, he advocated for public pension funds and public investors in shareholder rights litigation.

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Thomas enjoys reading, playing hockey, and the Minnesota outdoors. He spends most of his free time with his fiancée and their animals, notably Simba the Samoyed.