Legal Services for Business,
Family and Institutions

The Law Offices of Daniel J. Knight, a Professional Law Corporation is committed to bringing both legal expertise and business experience to your legal matter.

Civil Litigation Group

General Litigation is a very broad term, and general civil law matters may range from contractual disagreements, to property and real estate disputes to estate contests.

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Daniel Knight, James Caldwell, Thomas Kommer, Cassie Fitzgerald and Acacia Jackson

First steps are important in determining your legal position and the strengths of various approaches to winning a positive outcome in any dispute.

A consultation with a member of our team is the safest, easiest and fasted way to determine how, when and if you should pursue a legal remedy.

Just call or click the Schedule Consultation button on the left to email or call our local office.


Estate Planning Group

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Dana Ainsworth, Cassie Fitzgerald and Craig S. Ainsworth

Guardianship  •  Will  •  Trust  •  Financial Power of Attorney • (POA) Durable Power of Attorney (POA)  •  Advance Healthcare Directive (AHCD)  •  Beneficiary Designations  •  Succession Plan


Construction Group

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Daniel Knight, Thomas Kommer and Acacia Jackson

Expert Witness • Alternative Dispute Resolution  •   Defective Design (architectural and engineering   •   Professional Liability   •   Defective Workmanship   •    Delay, Disruption and Prolongation Claims   •    Contractor and Subcontractor Disputes   •   Mechanic’s Liens and Foreclosure Claims   •    Terminations


Real Estate Group

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Daniel Knight, James Caldwell, Cassie Fitzgerald and Acacia Jackson

Land Use   •   Variances Permits   •   Foreclosures   •   Escrow    •   Contracts

California Group

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Daniel Knight, James Caldwell and Ashlyn Algra Emory

General Civil Litigation • Alternative Dispute Resolution  •   Construction Law   •  Estate Planning   •  Probate  •  Trust Administration    •    Contractor and Subcontractor Disputes   •   Real Estate

Texas Group

Group Lead: Daniel Knight
Group Members: Daniel Knight, Cassie Fitzgerald and James Caldwell 

General Civil Litigation • Alternative Dispute Resolution  •   Construction Law   •  Estate Planning   •   Contractor and Subcontractor DisputesProbate   •   Real Estate   •  Trust Administration

Located in the “Manor House” in the San Luis Obispo Historic Business District

Corporate Office

San Luis Obispo, California

Downtown San Luis Obispo – Main Office
1103 Johnson Ave
San Luis Obispo CA 93401


Dan J. Knight a Professional Law Corporation

1103 Johnson Ave #H
San Luis Obispo CA 93401 
Phone: 805-316-1180

Located in the Maui Research and Technology Center 

Maui, Hawaii

Kihei Business Office
590 Lipoa Pkwy
Kihei HI 96753

Kihei Mailing
1215 S Kihei Rd, Ste O
PMB 401,
Kihei HI 96753 – Mail


Dan J. Knight a Professional Law Corporation

590 Lipoa PKWY Kihei HI 96753 Office

Dan Knight Law

Located near the Texas capital building.

Austin, Texas

Austin Business Office
Law Offices of Daniel J. Knight, A.P.L.C.
823 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701



Dan J. Knight a Professional Law Corporation

823 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Dan Knight Law

Remote Office

Hawaii and Californin Law delivered Across Town or Anywhere by Internet

Our Virtual Office service provide, convenience, fast service confidential personal client meetings, depositions, document signing and the full range of in office capabilities at home, office or on the road.


Legal Team

Attorneys – Hawaii – Remote Offices

Daniel J. Knight

Principal Attorney – Hawaii, California, and Texas

Dan feels privileged to be a native of San Luis Obispo County. He now feels honored to serve the same strong, resilient, community that taught him so much as he grew personally and professionally as well as those of his adoptive homes.

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Dan got an early start to his career. Working in the family construction business, he learned best practices on the construction of foundations, utilites, the building of residential and commercial structures, and public right-of-way from masters of their trades. During high school Dan worked at Pete’s Automotive in Morro Bay, California. After graduation from high school, Dan started his own one person general construction business. Through hard work and tenacity he grew his business into a full-service general building and general engineering company. At the same time, Dan went back to school, earned both a bachelors and master’s degree in accounting, and then continued to and graduated from law school, passed the bar and began his career as a licensed attorney in California and has built bar memberships in several states since then.

Craig S. Ainsworth

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Craig attended Santa Clara University School of Law from fall 1998 through spring 2001. Following his first year of legal studies, where he received honorable distinction as an American Jurisprudence Award recipient for top achievement in the study of real property law, Craig studied comparative legal theory at Magdalen College, Oxford, England. Following his second year studies, Craig interned with the District Attorney’s Office, San Luis Obispo County. 

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Throughout law school, Craig also worked and volunteered at his law school’s community law center, gaining experience under supervising attorneys in the practice areas of consumer law, bankruptcy, immigration and workers’ compensation.

Craig graduated from law school in spring 2001, sat for the summer 2001 Bar Exam, and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2001. Craig immediately returned to San Luis Obispo where he has since practiced principally in the areas of family law, estate planning, trust and probate law, and civil litigation.

James Caldwell

Managing Paralegal

James Caldwell brings the knowledge, experience, organizational and problem-solving skills to the law office. In his 35-year career in the real estate field he has gone from a Title Officer to a certified Petroleum Landman.

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James is highly skilled in addressing issues and formulating solutions for a wide range of real property matters, such as title defects, subdivision, mineral rights ownership and leasing, complex transactions, boundary line disputes, and access/right-of-way issues. Having worked closely with many attorneys over the years, James was excited to make the transition to become a part of The Law Offices of Daniel Knight, APLC and found that the same skill sets applied; intellectual curiosity and “outside the box” thinking coupled with a detail oriented, logical and methodical approach to serving the clients’ needs.

A lifelong Californian, James was born and raised in the central valley. After obtaining a B.S. in Economics from C.S.U.B. he began working in the title insurance industry. He has worked in the San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and the San Francisco bay areas before spreading to California and Texas with the law office. James was fortunate to be able to return home to the central valley to care for his mother during the last few years of her life. As a person who is committed to life-long learning, he was able to obtain a degree in human biology during that time.

Now, having been back in San Luis Obispo County for the last decade, James spends his leisure time exploring this remarkable area, building model rockets and wrangling slightly overweight cats he calls his pets. All while being lucky enough to have his son, daughter-in-law, grandson and stepdaughters nearby.

Thomas Kommer



Tom, a legal professional with a robust background in construction, human resources and risk management. Originally from Los Angeles County California, relocated to San Luis Obispo County California in 2015.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from San Diego State University (1990), a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School at Purdue University Global (2011), and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (2021).


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With nearly 25 years in construction, human resources and risk management, he transitioned to academia and legal work in 2016. Tom consults on construction matters and contributed to rewriting the Preconstruction Risk Assessment and Infection Control Risk Assessment certification exam for Green Advantage.

Tom serves as a paralegal at the law offices of Daniel J. Knight APLC and is studying for the California Bar.

Office Support Team

Staff – Hawaii – Remote Offices

Acacia Jackson

Senior Legal Assistant

Office legal assistant Acacia Jackson brings her breadth of experience in retail finance, specialized education, client relations and customer service to insure accurate and timely communications throughout our organization.

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As a long time resident, Acacia enjoys singing on the porch with family and hiking on local trails. She loves the trails from the beaches of Montana De Oro to the slopes of Madonna Mountain as well as Hanomanioa Lighthouse.

Cassie Fitzgerald

Legal Assistant

Cassie Fitzgerald is a legal assistant with a passion for justice and an eye for detail. Originally from Southeast Georgia, she honed her skills working as an assistant to the District Attorney in her local area. Currently, Cassie is pursuing further education to become a paralegal, in addition to a degree in Criminal Justice.

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Her journey to California is intertwined with her husband’s military career, which brought her to Paso Robles three years ago. Cassie is a devoted mother to her young son, and together they explore new adventures and experiences.

When not at work or spending time with her family, Cassie enjoys cooking southern cuisine and traveling to different states. She has a keen interest in discovering new cultures and exploring the diversity of the United States. With her dedication to her family, her studies, and her love of adventure, Cassie is a dynamic and driven individual who brings her enthusiasm and expertise to every aspect of her life.

Dana Ainsworth

Administrative Manager

Dana is a multi-tasking powerhouse and makes solving complex administrative problems look easy.

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Dana worked as a legal assistant and paralegal in an estate planning and probate administration practice for the last 15 years before join the firm. For the last 8 years, she has also worked to develop a successful general contracting firm where she is the business administrator. She has been integral in shepherding its growth from a small family business to a multi-million dollar contracting firm. Dana was born in Saigon, Vietnam one month before the 1975 evacuation of American personnel. She is a lifetime California resident, having lived in San Luis Obispo for the last 25 years. She has one daughter, Alexis, who is the center of her universe. Dana developed early on in her professional career extraordinary administration skills that have served her employers well. She has worked in several attorneys’ offices and insurance agencies, as well as for the Superior Court. 

Darren Thomas

Technology Director
Physical and Remote Offices

Darren has decades of expertise in the technology field, specifically in corporate communications. He brings with him ample experience to maintain a secure and productive environment at the law firm where support and marketing services are provided to our network of offices.

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Darren’s career has included working for fortune 500 companies, including the early days of Apple and Intel, where he started out in corporate communications. He later gained experience working with startups in computer graphics systems used for product introductions for Porsche, Toyota and Honda to name a few. His public relations experience and hands-on computer skills make him a valuable member of our growing team. As a North County community member since 1995, he also works with several local non-profits.

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