Legal Team

Attorneys – San Luis Obispo – Templeton – Remote Offices

Daniel J. Knight

Principal Attorney – SLO &
Templeton Offices

A “born & raised” San Luis Obispo County native, Dan feels privileged to be an active part of such a strong and vibrant community and to have grown up learning its ins and outs, institutions, relationships and interrelationships.

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Dan started his career by working in his father’s construction business; gaining knowledge from experienced tradespeople about the “right” ways to construct foundations, build residential/commercial structures, and work in the public right-of-way. 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 and, through hard work and tenacity, grew it 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. Along the way Dan also obtained his real estate broker’s license.

Dan lives in Atascadero with his wife Shawn (married in 2013), and three precocious children. When not working, Dan enjoys playing rugby at the Prop or Lock positions, weightlifting/kettle bell workouts, endurance backpacking and other outdoors activities. Dan’s goal in his hobbies is to push the body hard enough that it becomes both a physical and mental test of discipline.

Benjamin Bourgault

Associate Attorney –
Templeton Office

Benjamin Bourgault is an Associate Attorney with The Law Offices of Daniel J. Knight, PLC. Ben earned his law degree from San Luis Obispo College of Law in 2020 where he was taught by local legal professionals, including Dan Knight.

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He was also a finalist in the San Luis Obispo Heisler Moot Court, where he argued against government invasions of privacy through personal devices. Ben recognizes the value that local relationships bring to a law firm.

Prior to attending law school, Ben worked in healthcare where he managed the relationships of clients and industry stakeholders. He has a bachelor’s in business administration from San Diego State University and graduated from Paso Robles High School. Ben strives to represent the acumen and work ethic expected of professionals in San Luis Obispo County. He cares for the community and wants to preserve the values that make up life on the Central Coast.

Ben is married to his darling wife, Kelly, who owns a salon with her family in Templeton. When they get a day off together, you’ll find them at their property in Paso Robles, where she walks her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and he putts along on his 1968 Allis Chalmers (bulldozer).

Craig S. Ainsworth

Of Legal Counsel –
SLO Offices

Craig attended Santa Clara University School of Law from fall 1998 through spring 2001.

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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. 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.

Scott Hamblin

Associate Attorney –
SLO Office

Scott Hamblin is an Associate Attorney with The Law Offices of Daniel J. Knight, PLC. Scott earned his J.D. and Master of Legal Studies degrees from San Luis Obispo College of Law in 2021. 

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In addition to his legal knowledge, Scott brings with him a professional background consisting of two decades worth of military and corporate leadership positions and experience. Scott is a 10-year disabled Navy veteran.

Following his military services, he held multiple corporate leadership and negotiator roles at Hawaiian Airlines and Zodiac Aerospace. 

While not originally from California, since 2017, Scott proudly calls the Central Coast his home. Scott lives in the Central Coast with his elegant wife, Jamie and his two bright and beautiful daughters.

When not working, Scott can be found either surfing at Pismo and Shell Beach, spending time with his family at the beach, hiking or playing golf, or having make-believe tea parties with his girls.