Knut S. Johnson

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Knut S. Johnson is a State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law who defends people and organizations that government agencies are investigating and prosecuting. He has represented small and large companies as well as physicians, business owners, lawyers, judges, and other people. He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named to the top 10 attorneys in San Diego by Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011. He has taught lawyers and law students throughout his career and he has published articles related to his practice. His practice includes trials, appeals, and petitions for writ of habeas corpus. His trial practice includes state and federal felony charges throughout the United States.
His clients have been charged with a wide range of crimes and he has successfully defended the most serious and complex of charges, including murder, minor misdemeanor offenses, serious violent crimes, weapons offenses, narcotics crimes, environmental crimes, and complex white collar and regulatory offenses. Mr. Johnson has also represented clients on appeal and in petitions for writs of habeas corpus. He has practiced before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as in petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. He has also practiced before the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.

(Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Criminal Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619-894-8258  Phone
619-232-7324  Fax
University Attended:
Tulane University, B.S., with honors, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego, J.D., cum laude, 1986
Year of First Admission:
1999, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 2014, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1991, New Mexico; 1986, California; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court
Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee, Southern District of California; Chair [2014-present]
Magistrate Selection Committee, Southern District of California [2013]
University of San Diego School of Law, Law Alumni Board of Directors [2008-present]; President Elect [2014-2015]
American Bar Association, Chairman, Solo & Small Firm Committee, Criminal Justice Section [2000-2006]); Member, Defense Function Committee [1996-2001]
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, Board of Directors [1996-2001]; President [2001-2002]
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
Criminal Justice Act Panel, Representative to Southern District of California [2006 - present]
Attorney Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal [2001-2005]
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
California Public Defenders Association
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
San Diego Bar Association
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Reported Cases:
United States v. Rodriguez-Cruz, 255 F. 3d 1054 (9th Cir. 2001)
United States v. Hebert, 201 F. 3d 1103 (9th Cir. 1999)
United States v. Garcia-Barron, 116 F. 3d 1305 (9th Cir. 1997)
S.E.C. v. Worthen, 98 F. 3d 480 (1996)
United States v. Heffner, 85 F. 3d 435 (9th Cir. 1996)
United States v. Soyland, 3 F.3d 1312 (9th Cir. 1993)
Unites States v. Alvarez, 972 F.2d 1000 (9th Cir. 1992)
United States v. Alvarez, 960 F. 2d 830 (9th Cir. 1992)
United States v. Dickey, 924 F. 2d 936 (9th Cir. 1991)
United States v. Doering, 909 F.2d 392 (9th Cir. 1990)
Unites States v. Pelayo-Bautista, 907 F.2d 99 (9th Cir. 1990)
Unites States v. Burns, 894 F.2d 334 (9th Cir. 1990)
Unites States v. Steinfels, 753 F.2d 373 (9th Cir. 1985)
( Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization )
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