About Us

We are a full service law firm providing counsel to and representation of clients in a broad variety of civil matters  in California so that they can readily and cost-effectively achieve their personal or business objectives.  Our experienced attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience. With offices in Southern and Northern California we practice in all State and Federal Courts throughout California.  We have a wide variety of clients from insurance carriers to businesses to individuals requiring top-notch legal services.

Clients are represented in all State, Federal, and Appellate Courts located in the State of California.  As for trial experience, we know that it is preferred in most cases to negotiate rather than litigate.  We also know that to negotiate effectively we must be able to advocate our client's position in court if required.  With over fifty years of litigation and trial success, Clements & Knock, LLP, is up to the task should the need arise.


Thomas V. Clements, Partner



Tom Has more than 34 years experience, handling a broad variety of civil litigation matters.He has experience in handling insurance coverage matters and representing clients in insurance coverage and insurance subrogation litigation.He has experience with product liability, premises liability, wrongful death, personal injury and automobile liability claims, including uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage claims.He has experience representing contractors in construction defect litigation.He has litigated hundreds of cases over his legal career. Prior to forming Clements and Knock in 2000, he was a partner in the firms of Mercer and Zinder and Zinder, Blackburn, Park, Clements and Keenan, statewide civil litigation firms. He has litigated matters located in numerous California counties over his legal career.


Long Beach, CA

Admitted to Bar

December 1983

Bar No. 110356


  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts, 1980
  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California (SCALE Graduate), Juris Doctor, 1983   


  • California Supreme Court;
  • United States District Court, Northern District California
  • United States District Court, Central District California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District California
  • United States District Court, Southern District California


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers

Rick H. Knock, Partner



Rick has been practicing for over twenty-three years primarily in civil litigation and has significant trial experience.  He handles employment law, Americans with Disability Acts, and business cases on a regular basis for automobile dealers, large manufacturers, and financial institutions.  After graduation from college he held the position of State Campaign Coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina for two years, leading fundraising efforts throughout the State.  He next served as a Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy for twenty years.  He provides legal counsel to members of veteran organizations at a reduced rate.    Upon retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander,  Rick practiced law as an associate with Mercer & Zinder, then Zinder, Blackburn, Park, Clements & Keenan, until forming a partnership in Clements & Knock, LLP, in 2000.  He has been the lead trial attorney in cases from San Francisco to San Diego and is intimately familiar with the rules of each State and Federal court.


Detroit, Michigan

Admitted to Bar

June 1994

Bar No. 170170


  • Albion College, in Albion, Michigan, Bachelor of Arts,1972
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Masters of Science Mechanical Engineering, 1982
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993


  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Central District California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District California
  • United States District Court, Southern District California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S.Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Attorney)


  • State Bar of California
  • Disabled American Veterans;
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Retired Officers Association
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign War

Areas of Practice

Personal and Bodily Injury

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Slip/Trip and Fall
  • Industrial Accidents/Workers Compensation
  • Assault and Battery
  • Wrongful Death                                                              
  • Product Liability
  • Mold/Toxic Exposure
  • Damages to Reputation/Defamation
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation

Business and Government

  • Breach of Contract
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Security Interest Enforcement/Claim and Delivery
  • Defective Products
  • Lemon Law
  • Americans with Disability Act
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Premises Liability
  • Inadequate Security Claims
  • Apartment/Homeowners Association Claims
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation
  • Consumer Legal Remedy Act
  • Trademark
  • Copyright


  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation

Contact Us

Main Office

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Clements & Knock, LLP

7825 Fay Avenue, Suite 200, La Jolla, CA 92037, US

(619) 686-6900


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed