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The Law Office of Knut S. Johnson defends criminal cases in federal trials, appeals, and writs of habeas corpus throughout the United States with a focus on San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm regularly represents clients charged with a variety of crimes, particularly complex white collar cases, regulatory offenses (including environmental crimes), crimes of violence, and narcotics offenses. The firm has defended serious federal cases in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona, and throughout the United States.

Mr. Johnson is a State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of San Diego School of Law, 2018
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys© Lifetime Achievement Selection, 2018;
  • Best Lawyers© Lawyer of the Year, White Collar Criminal Defense 2017;
  • Top 10 attorneys in San Diego by Super Lawyers;
  • Top California attorneys by the San Francisco Chronicle:
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World;
  • San Diego County Top Lawyers;
  • Twice honored with the Stanley Conant Award from the Defenders Organizations of San Diego;
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation;
  • Perfect score of 10 from AVVO;
  • Best Lawyers in America;
  • Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Best Law Firms in America;
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Highest rating for ethics and legal ability from Martindale Hubble.

Mr. Johnson practices before various 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. Finally, he has practiced in U.S. District Courts throughout the country.

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San Diego Office
  • 550 West C Street
    Suite 790
    San Diego, California 92101
    Phone: 619-232-7080
    Fax: 619-232-7324
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