Knut S. Johnson

Title: Attorney
Company: Law Office of Knut S. Johnson
Location: San Diego, California, United States

Knut S. Johnson, Attorney at Law Office of Knut S. Johnson, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense.

Mr. Johnson was originally interested in geology, and realized he wanted to pursue law with the lawyers in his family. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been named to Best Lawyers in America for White Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense since 2000. Mr. Johnson holds an AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and was granted a 2001 Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Johnson studied earth science at Tulane University to earn a BS with honors, and completed a JD, cum laude, from the School of Law at the University of San Diego in 1986. He is now a certified specialist in criminal law with the State Bar of California, and has run a private practice in San Diego since 1996. Mr. Johnson briefly worked as a geologist for Gulf Oil in New Orleans for three years, and has notable worked as a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders San Diego from 1988 to 1994. He has been a lawyer for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and represented criminal justice act panels for the U.S. District Court in South Dakota and the Southern District of California.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Johnson is a volunteer rugby coach, and has been a member of the Law Alumni Board of Directors for the University of San Diego School of Law. He held a seat for three years on the board of directors of the Unitarian University Fellowship. Among numerous accolades, Mr. Johnson has notably received a 2014 E. Stanley Conant Award from the Federal Defenders San Diego, and a 2017 Top 50 Attorneys honor from Southern California Super Lawyers.  He supports numerous legal societies, including the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club.

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