General Practice Law Firm Serving Greater Cincinnati, 
ocusing on the LGBTQ Community, But Welcoming to All!

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Best Law Office/Lawyer in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 
"Client Distinction Award"
Top 4% Nationwide in Client Satisfaction


Phone: (513) 241-3800
Fax: (513) 241-4032
Bar Admissions:


U.S. District Court, 
Southern District of Ohio

J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law

M.S., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene /Air Pollution)

1979-1980 (non-matriculated)
Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Completed graduate courses in pathology/microbiology program

B.S., Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ
Employment History:


Scott E. Knox Attorneys at Law - Sole Proprietor 
(Formerly Adams and Knox Attorneys at Law - Partners) 

Practice mainly in areas of HIV/gay/lesbian/transgender issues, Social Security disability/SSI claims, HIV/disability discrimination, asbestos-related injury litigation (plaintiffs), probate; successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court; frequently present seminars on HIV/AIDS and Gay/lesbian/transgender legal issues to various groups, including bar associations, AIDS volunteers of Cincinnati, Ohio AIDS Coalition, support groups, government agencies, health professionals, medical doctors' grand rounds, social workers and legal committees.

1993 - 2002 
Cincinnati STD / HIV Prevention Training Center
Faculty member - instructor at periodic training sessions on "Legal and Ethical Issues of HIV", mainly regarding legal prerequisites to HIV testing and the confidentiality of HIV information.

1985 -1989
Kircher and Phalen Attorneys at Law - Associate
Handled cases primarily in areas of plaintiffs' asbestos-related injury litigation, OSHA litigation, Social Security disability, union-side labor law, Worker's compensation

1984 - 1985
Kircher and Phalen Attorneys at Law - Intern
Legal research in areas of union-side labor law, Social Security disability

1982 - 1983
Delco Moraine - Industrial Hygiene Intern
Identification, quantitation and control of toxic/harmful substances, especially asbestos, lead, organic solvents and noise.

1978 -1980
Overlook Hospital - Lab Technician

1973 - 1978 
Overlook Hospital - Dietary Aide
Organizational Associations:

Boards / Committees

2011 – 2016 
Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority 
Appointed by Mayor to serve on citizen oversight board for the Cincinnati Police Department. CCCA investigates instances of police use of force and citizen complaints, determines whether policies were violated, recommends changes to policies.

2008 – present 
Strategies to End Homelessness
Board member/Secretary of not-for-profit organization that develops and implements a single, coordinated, inclusive homeless assistance system for Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio; secures and administers area Housing and Urban Development grant and foundation grants 

2006 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association Pro Bono Taskforce Committee;
1st Judicial District committee formed to develop a plan to increase pro bono legal services and lawyer participation.

2005 - Present
Equality Cincinnati
Board member - organization working for equal rights for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered citizens.

2002 - 2008
Caracole, Inc.
Board member - not-for-profit organization, providing housing and housing assistance for people infected with HIV; 2007 to present Chair of Development Committee.

1998 - 2005 
Citizens to Restore Fairness P.A.C.
Board member, chair of legal committee; political action committee that ran successful ballot initiative campaign to remove language from City Charter that denied gay citizens the right to petition local government for equal protection laws. Campaign won Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau Wendell P. Dabney Award for diversity and ballot initiative strategy Center's Most Under-rated Campaign Award.

1992 - 2000
Greater Cincinnati AIDS Consortium
Chair of Legal Advocacy Committee

1991 - Present
Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor
Pro bono representation, mainly for people with HIV/AIDS - related legal problems, physically/mentally challenged children's SSI appeals.

1988 - 2011
StopAIDS, f.k.a. AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati
Regular lecturer to staff, volunteers and HIV challenged people concerning legal issues surrounding HIV infection.

1994 - 2001
Cincinnati Regional Advisory Group on HIV
HIV Prevention planning committee - Set priorities for federal HIV prevention funds coming into region for HIV prevention through the Ohio Department of Health.

1995 - 1998
Greater Cincinnati HIV / AIDS Mental Health Provider
Education Program - faculty lecturer on HIV/AIDS legal and ethics issues

1996 -1997
Lydia's House 
Planning Committee for day care center for children affected by HIV

1994 - 1997
Hospice of Miami Valley
VITAS Red Ribbon Team - Community advisory committee for hospice/home health care for HIV-challenged people

1993 - 1997
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Cincinnati
Board member, chair of facilities committee

1992 - 1993
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Cincinnati
Steering committee

1991 - 1996 
American Civil Liberties Union 
Lawyers Advisory Committee mainly in areas of discrimination against gays/lesbians and developing standards for treatment of HIV challenged prisoners 

1991 - 1992 
Children Affected by AIDS 
Committee member 

1990 - 1994 
Cincinnati Metropolitan College Advisory Committee 
Committee member 

1988 - 1992 
Stonewall Cincinnati Human Rights Organization  
Board Member, member Anti-Discrimination Committee 

1988 - 1991 
Stonewall Cincinnati Political Action Committee
Board Member, Vice President (1990-91), Voter Registration Chairperson (1988-90)

Organizational Memberships

1999 - Present 
National Lesbian and Gay Legal Association 

1992 - Present 

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives 

1992 - 1995 
Ohio Human Rights Bar Association 

1990 - Present 
Lambda Legal Society 

1985 - Present 

Ohio Bar Association 

1985 - Present 
Cincinnati Bar Association 

1983 - Present 
Academy of Kettering Fellows 

2015 - 2016
Ohio State Bar Association

2002 – 2004 
Cincinnati Enquirer
Author of regular "Local Voices" op-ed columns

Prepared text for Cincinnati Bar Association "Lawline" free legal information line on gay/lesbian legal issues 

1990 - 1992 
Gaybeat Magazine
Staff writer of monthly legal column for statewide publication

American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal 
Phenol Interference in the Chromotropic Acid and Pararosaniline Methods of Formaldehyde Quantitation

CityBeat Magazine "Best Law Firm/Lawyer"


CityBeat Magazine "Best Law Firm/Lawyer"


CityBeat Magazine "Best Law Firm/Lawyer"

2013 - 2016

Martindale-Hubbell “Client Distinction Award”
Given to top four percent of lawyers nationally in client satisfaction


CityBeat Magazine "Best Law Firm/Lawyer"

Lecturer at Ohio Judicial College
Gay Marriage Probate Court issues

CityBeat Magazine "Best Law Firm/Lawyer"

Cincinnati Bar Assocation, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year

Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Andrew B. Dennison Courageous Advocate Award
Given to an attorney who upholds the professional obligation to represent the poor, the unpopular or the friendless
an attorney who upholds the professional obligation to represent the poor, the 
unpopular or the friendless.
an attorney who upholds the professional obligation to represent the poor, the 
unpopular or the friendless.
an attorney who upholds the professional obligation to represent the poor, the 
unpopular or the friendless.

CityBeat Magazine “Best Law Office/Lawyer”

CityBeat Magazine “Best Law Firm/Lawyer”

Cincinnati Health Network
Dr. Peter T. Frame Humanitarian Award for pro bono legal work for people with mental and physical challenges  

Caracole, Inc. Living Award for work done towards Caracole’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS 2008 Human Rights Campaign, Cincinnati Chapter Leadership Award in recognition of legal work within the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender communities

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Infectious Diseases Center 
Certificate of Outstanding Community Service in recognition of legal work done for people with HIV 

National Conference for Community and Justice, Cincinnati Chapter 
Award for Outstanding Service in Promoting Human Relations 

Cincinnati Gay Pride Parade 
Grand Marshall 

University of Cincinnati College of Law
“Out and Allies” Distinguished Alumni Award 

AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati 
Outstanding Volunteer award 

Lawyers Weekly U.S.A. 
One of ten national Lawyers of the Year 

AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati 
Tom Zeitz Memorial Award (in recognition of pro bono legal work and non-legal volunteer work for people with HIV) 

Cincinnati Bar Association 
Community Service Award 

Stonewall Cincinnati 
Ron Adkins Leadership Award 

1999 (May) 
Cincinnati Enquirer 
Hometown Hero 

Lydia Gray Humanitarian Award (in recognition of pro bono legal work for people with HIV) 

Ryan White Committee
Lori Martin Advocacy Award, in recognition of pro bono legal work for people with HIV 

AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati 
Executive Director’s Award