What do baseball and law have in common? To be honest, I never put the two together until I met Josh Knipp. Catching a moment with Josh was tough during this busy season of real estate closings, but the time spent enlightened me on the world of residential and commercial real estate law and how they can relate to the game of baseball.
From the Midwest, Josh grew up in Defiance, OH. Regarding his hometown, he notes that most people “know it from the TV show Scandal, as well as for baseball players.” Joshua Townsend Knipp, a.k.a. “Josh,” had the basic all-American upbringing. His folks were hard workers with strong family values. His father was in car sales and his mother a teacher. Like most kids, Josh enjoyed spending his free time having fun and playing sports. His favorite was basketball, but his second love, baseball, followed him to college at Case Western. Josh played baseball there and graduated with a double major in political science and communications. Looking to pursue law, he went on to attend and graduate from the Wake Forest School of Law in 2009.
When asked why he pursued real estate law, Josh shares, “In theory, it is not an adversarial process like most types of law. In practice, that does not always happen, but when a closing goes as it should, it’s pretty much positive for all involved.” He explains it was an internship the summer after his first year of law school that solidified his choice, when he was a summer associate with Attorney Ralph Bunch in Winston-Salem. Through the summer months, he was able to learn the real estate closing process and develop a knack for how things ebbed and flowed in the business.
After graduation, Josh worked to immerse himself in the real estate law arena, establishing his own firm in 2011. After a venture with another attorney, the current Knipp Law Office was re-established in 2014. Through the years, he had developed a great relationship with his co-workers. With the “reboot,” he brought along the best co-workers he felt would be a fit with his endeavor. One of these folks was Casey Iannucci. Casey had worked side by side with Josh since 2011, and he (and his clients) were happy to have her join his team at Knipp Law Office PLLC. Currently, the team has eight attorneys with a total of 23 on the team across multiple offices in the Charlotte area.
Josh is proud to share the philosophy of Knipp Law Office PLLC, which is based on not being a general law practice. It states: “We feel strongly that any particular area of law requires depth and experience to achieve our clients’ goals. As a boutique law firm focusing on real estate law, our dedication allows us to deliver excellent service and real solutions. While other small firms offer real estate settlement services, our office is a real estate firm that focuses on all aspects of real estate law. Not only can we close your transaction, we can assist you from A to Z in the transaction.”
When asked about his secret to success in developing a thriving real estate law practice, Josh explains, “It starts with hiring awesome people, and if you treat your team right, they will provide superior customer service.” Josh is a straightforward, genuine person, and it shows in his business approach. He cites three key items which define his practice: energy, efficiency, and effectiveness. He focuses on the basics and avoids any gimmicks or flashy marketing. His favorite credo is, “Do all the good you can for as long as you can.”
When asked about the most noteworthy closings he’s encountered, Josh has many, and no two are alike. He had his first closing in 2014, on the hood of a car! He credits talented back office staff for his ability to make closings happened – wherever needed. He’s had early-morning closings with clients at 5:30 a.m. on the way to the Charlotte Douglas Airport. He’s had closings that happen even in the middle of the blizzard conditions in 2014. Whatever may happen, or wherever the buyers or sellers may be, one stable point will be Josh Knipp and his team making sure the closing is hasslefree and completed properly.
Being involved in his local community is very important to Josh. He is active with the Charlotte Golfers for Charity (CGFC), a golf group that raises monies for places such as Dove House, which helps children in need, and Ace and TJ’s “Grin Kids.” Josh’s keen eye for hiring amazing people is also a plus for aspiring athletes. Josh can utilize his background in law to develop talent as a sports agent for a separate business. It is a beautiful outlet to combine his love for the game of baseball with his current passion for law. Josh just returned from Chicago where one of his clients, Justin Hancock, debuted for the Chicago Cubs!
A dedicated family man, Josh is married to his high-school sweetheart, Amanda, whom he credits with any professional success they may experience. The couple has three beautiful children. Jackson, 7, loves soccer and basketball; Parker, 4, is following in his dad’s footsteps with a start in Tball; and the apple of dad’s eye, Olivia, is 3 and learning to love all of the excitement that the big brothers bring each day. Josh enjoys coaching basketball with his son as a way to bond. His love of the Charlotte area has influenced his family from Ohio to join him here. Josh’s parents have relocated to the Davidson area near Lake Norman, and the family loves to spend time together hanging out at the lake or taking in a Knights baseball game.
Baseball and law? Chatting with Josh, one discovers how law and baseball have a common thread. I had the opportunity to learn about Josh’s career in residential real estate law as well as gain insight into how his experience playing baseball correlates to it all. With so many balls in the air, real estate law can be very comparable to baseball. Like an excellent shortstop who catches whatever ball is hit his way, an outstanding real estate attorney captures all the unexpected twists and turns that a closing can bring. When talking about baseball and law, Josh weaves them together, explaining: “A baseball team and a real estate closing are similar as it’s not one person who can win the game. There is a pitcher, a batter, outfielders, etc. just like there are realtors, lenders, attorneys, and various office staff which work together to make a closing a reality for all parties. We all depend on each other like a team whether in baseball or real estate matters.” A confident team ethic is one that you will find with Josh Knipp, whether on the baseball field or at the closing table with Knipp Law Office, PLLC
You can Reach Knipp Law, PLLC at 704.765.2511 or at their website https://knipplaw.com/!