Chantal McCoy Payton, Esq.

Chantal McCoy Payton is the owner and managing attorney of Knight Employment Law.

An engaged, aggressive litigator, Ms. McCoy Payton has a passion for the field of employment law and helping her clients to obtain compensation and justice when they suffer illegal conduct in the workplace. Described by her clients as a compassionate, attentive attorney, she understands the difficulties employees face when they are being harassed, discriminated against, or not paid in accordance with the law. She has committed her career to being a voice for employees undergoing such struggles.

Prior to joining the partnership of Knight Employment Law, Ms. McCoy Payton served as an associate with a leading boutique employment law firm in Los Angeles, where she advocated for the rights of employees who have been subjected to unlawful conduct in the workplace. Ms. McCoy Payton began to develop a passion for employment law following her first year of law school, when she held an internship in the legal department of Sony Electronics, Inc. and assisted the Company with employment litigation and advice. Subsequently, she held a prestigious clerkship at the California Attorney General's Office--in the Employment and Administrative Mandate section--where she helped defend the State of California in employment disputes brought by state employees. Ms. McCoy Payton's career has also included a prior position at a well-respected employment law firm in San Diego, where she focused on employment litigation.

Chantal is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received various academic awards and accolades, including winning the Best Respondent Brief award in a national moot court competition. During law school, she also served as an extern for the Honorable Judge John A. Houston, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Ms. McCoy Payton enjoys giving back to her community, with a particular focus on charitable and pro bono activities dedicated to helping our State's youth. She has participated in High School Outreach Events, Law School Admissions Workshops, and spoken to various pre-college student groups about the legal field in effort to encourage and inspire students to achieve their higher education goals. She received a Certificate of Merit in Recognition of Service from University of San Diego School of Law for volunteering over 100 hours with various organizations while she was a law student.