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Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson

Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson

Practice areas:

Federal Crime, Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime

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About Me

Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Federal Crime: 50%
    27 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    27 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    27 years

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Russell Sheridan Babcock

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I know of no other lawyer with a higher reputation for integrity in the San Diego Community. Knut is smart and truly cares about his clients. He has volunteered many hours working as the liason between the U.S. District Court judges and CJA defense counsel to help insure that we are able to represent indigent defendants at the highest level. Knut is an outstanding person and an outstanding attorney.


    Russell Babcock Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Adam Pactor

    Knut is well known as a leader in the local defense bar. He works in both state and federal court, and he's not afraid of taking tough cases. He has the highest ethical standards, and Judges and prosecutors respect him and hold him in high regard.


    Scott Pactor Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Knut S. Johnson

1010 Second Avenue Suite 1850
San Diego, CA, 92101



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Lawyers in San DiegoSuper Lawyers2010
Top 50 Lawyers in San DiegoSuper Lawyers2009
AV rankingMartindale-Hubbell2007
"Best Lawyers in San Diego"San Diego Magazine2007
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
E. Stanley Conant AwardDefender Programs of San Diego2006
Certificate of CommendationN/A2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Knut S. Johnson1996 - Present
Associate AttorneyMcKenna & Cuneo1994 - 1996
Senior Trial AttorneyFederal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.1988 - 1994
Associate AttorneyJenkins & Perry1986 - 1988

Association NamePosition NameDuration
U.S. Court, S.D. CaliforniaCriminal Justice Act Representative2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaCertified Specialist, Criminal Law2002 - Present
San DIego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
U.S. Court, S.D. Cal.Lawyer Representative to Ninth Circuit2001 - 2005
American Bar AssociationChair, Crim. Justice Section, Solo and Small Firms2000 - 2006
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubMember1990 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Commentary, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Commentaries for USCS Materials"Overview of Chapter 208, Speedy Trial"2004
Criminal Justice"On Your Own: Solo and Small Firms Practice"2001
Defending a Federal Criminal CaseFederal Juvenile Crimes2001
The Champion magazine"Responding to Subpoenas: Constitutional and Practical Issues"1997
Defending a Federal Criminal CaseFederal Firearms Offenses1994
The Champion magazine"Juvenile Delinquents and Federal Law"1991
Defending a Federal Criminal CaseFederal Parole1988

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San DiegoLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Tulane UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1980

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Federal Defenders Annual SeminarCJA Cases2007
Discovery: You Can't Always Get What You WantElectronic Discovery2007
Winning Strategies SeminarDeveloping Themes and Theories2006
Advanced Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills2001
Gun Plants, Informants &Sex Photos: Justice in San DiegoCoping With Voluminous Discovery2000