Mary Grace Knapp graduated cum laude from State University of New York in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and English. She then settled in Mandeville Louisiana, attended Loyola Law School. Mary Grace was a founding law student of the former Capital Defense Division of Loyola Law Clinic, who were instrumental in having a death sentence reduced to life imprisonment for an Angola inmate who they believed innocent of the crime he was charged with, while still in Law School.
In 1985, she graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law with a Juris Doctor. After passing the Louisiana State Bar Examination on her first attempt, Mary Grace practiced for several years with Attorney Rykert Toledano in a general civil and criminal trial practice. She also served as City Attorney and appeared for the City in the Mayor’s Court in Covington. In 1995, Mary Grace started her own firm in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Mary Grace is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is a licensed Notary Public and a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Mary Grace’s practice is plaintiff-based. It strives to facilitate the highest possible recoveries in personal injury and insurance cases as well as wrongful death, products liability, and general tort claims. Mary Grace has handled litigation in hundreds of bench and jury trials, with several cases resulting in recoveries in excess of millions of dollars for her clients. Her focus is justice, and she is dedicated to guiding her clients through the uncertainties of the legal process with dignity, respect, and compassion while fighting aggressively to meet their goals.
Mary Grace has decades of experience in family law and mediation, and she continues to mediate family law cases and handle family law matters. She has been named a Certified Lecturer by the Louisiana Bar Association for multiple years and established annual mediation seminars, at which she lectured on mediation and family law topics with the group Conflict Resolutions, LLC, including psychologists and family therapists. She has taught several paralegal courses on family law and legal writing. Notably, Mary Grace has drafted current litigation and saw it through the legislation process, which revamped La. Rev. Stat. § 9:374 to permit a spouse to gain use of funds in necessitous situations, enabling the spouse to leave an abusive home during a divorce. She recently served as a guest lecturer on the reasons to choose the alternative of Domestic Mediation in Spetses, Greece, in a program created by Thanassi Yiannopoulos, considered by many to be the father of the modern-day Louisiana Civil Code.
Mary Grace is quite proficient in estate planning. She conducts “life-checks” for her clients. These checks include a comprehensive review of a person’s estate, including reviewing his or her insurance policies to assure that their Estate planning goals are attained, and that legal affairs are in order. She facilitates drafting powers of attorney as well as wills, living wills and tutorship documents to assure that her clients have peace of mind as to having their life planning goals completed.
For several years, Mary Grace has served as a member of the Alliance for Good Government and was a member of the Professional Women of St. Tammany. From 2010 to 2015, she served as Captain of the North Shore Mardi Gras Krewe Of Lyra, which forged an alliance with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mary Grace is currently an active member and proponent of NAMI. She is also well-known in the local songwriting community. She currently serves as a Founding Board Director for Ozone Music and Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities and providing instruments through a scholarship program to deserving St. Tammany students with an interest in Songwriting, which further established an annual songwriting festival on the North Shore at the Mandeville Trailhead in 2018.
Mary Grace is the proud mother of three college-educated sons, and 3 grandchildren, with her youngest, Aaron Dylan Knapp having graduated as a legacy graduate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in May 2018; now sworn in as a practicing Attorney, and an associate of The Knapp Law firm.
Mary Grace is extremely community-oriented and participates in multiple local nonprofit events, carrying her integrity from the legal arena to the community, and in both places “making a positive difference” for not only her clients, but the lives of those enhanced by her charitable endeavors.
Throughout her 32 years of practice, Mary Grace has primarily focused her attention on the North Shore and, consequently, is well-recognized in the 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany. Her aggressive yet compassionate litigation experience has led to a successful client-based, result-oriented legal practice designed to meet the unique needs of each client.