For long, the Peter Mutharika family question has been under controversy. While Mutharika has argued that he was once married and his wife died leaving him with three children, others have said Mutharika is a plain liar and has no family.

However, news has started emerging of one of Mutharika’s children, Moyenda, who is a practising attorney. Who is Moyenda really?

Moyenda Mutharika Knapp
Moyenda Mutharika Knapp

Moyenda Mutharika Knapp concentrates in business litigation, with an emphasis in handling employment, insurance and municipal liability matters. She is co-chair of the firm’s Municipal practice group.

In her employment law practice, Ms. Knapp defends employment discrimination cases on behalf of employers, elected officials, and municipalities. She deals with matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, racial discrimination, reverse racial discrimination, gender discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and termination due to claims of First Amendment retaliation. She has represented clients before administrative agencies, such as the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and in state and federal courts.

She also represents municipalities and police officers in matters ranging from alleged civil rights violations, such as excessive force, to actions filed against municipalities alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act and Local Government Prompt Payment Act. Ms. Knapp’s commercial litigation practice includes representing businesses in handling breach of contract cases and Carmack Amendment matters. In her insurance coverage practice, she represents insurers, brokers and agents in declaratory judgment and breach of contract actions throughout litigation and trial.

Ms. Knapp stays abreast of recent legal decisions by writing a column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin entitled Legal Look. Since 2005, she has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy and Civil Discovery to second and third year law students. She is also a certified arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Court Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program.

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