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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


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

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Knut. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Sammer Andrew Zakhour

    I have known Knut since I was in law school. His understanding and practice of criminal defense ranks among the best in town, without question. He is experienced, approachable, and extremely knowledgeable on the subject of criminal defense. These factors give a substantial advantage to any client he represents. If a family member or friend were facing a serious criminal charge, I would recommend Mr. Johnson without hesitation.


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Contact info

Knut S. Johnson

550 West C Street, Suite 790
San Diego, CA, 92101


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 Lawyers ClubMember1990 - 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
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 Diego School of LawLawJD - 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