Knut Johnson

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Knut S. Johnson is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law who is also licensed in New Mexico. He has a diverse criminal litigation practice in which he appears on behalf of clients in federal and state courts across the country, at both the trial and appellate courts and in habeas corpus proceedings. In his more than 27 years in practice, Mr. Johnson has represented a wide variety of clients, both corporate and individual.  He has represented large corporations to small businesses and from judges, doctors, business owners, and other targets or defendants.  His clients have been the targets of grand jury and agency investigations, those involved in complex criminal litigation, and people charged with simple crimes.

Awards & Honors:

American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Unanimous “Well Qualified” rating (the highest ABA rating) after nomination to U.S. District Court, 2020

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2020

Top 50 Attorneys, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2020

Top 50 Attorneys, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2019

University of San Diego, School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Selection, 2018

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017

Lawyer of the Year, White Collar Criminal Defense, San Diego, Best Lawyers in America, 2016

E. Stanley Conant Award, Defenders Organizations of San Diego, 2013

Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2012 – present

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2012 – present

Top 10 Attorneys, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2011

Top 10 Attorneys, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2010

San Diego’s Top 25 Lawyers, San Diego Metro, 2010

Top 50 Attorneys, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2012; 2017 – 2019

San Diego County Top Attorneys, 2009

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007 – present

E. Stanley Conant Award, Defenders Organizations of San Diego, 2005

The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 – present

State Bar of California, California Board of Specialization, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, 2002

Certificate of Commendation, United States Marine Corps, 2001 [for Pro Bono work]

Martindale Hubble AV rating, 2000 – present

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2002 – present