Knut S. Johnson is a State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He defends people and organizations in white collar and other criminal cases. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including: being named to the top 10
Knut S. Johnson is a State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He defends people and organizations in white collar and other criminal cases. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including: being named to the top 10 attorneys in San Diego by Super Lawyers; being listed as one of the top California attorneys by the San Francisco Chronicle: being named to Marquis Who's Who in the World; being named as one of San Diego County Top Lawyers; being the only person to ever be twice honored with the E. Stanley Conant Award from the Defenders Organizations of San Diego; being named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; receiving a perfect score of 10 from AVVO; being named to the Best Lawyers in America; receiving a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Marine Corps; having his firm named to the Best Law Firms in America; and receiving the highest rating for ethics and legal ability from Martindale Hubble. You will not find a more experienced, ethical, hard working attorney to defend you. He has also taught lawyers and law students throughout his career and he has published articles related to his practice. His practice includes trials, appeals, and petitions for writ of habeas corpus. His trial practice includes state and federal felony charges throughout the United States. His clients have been charged with a wide range of crimes, including complex white collar crimes, election crimes, murder, minor misdemeanor offenses, serious violent crimes, weapons offenses, narcotics crimes, environmental crimes, and complex white collar and regulatory offenses. Mr. Johnson has practiced before 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. Welcome to his home page. If you have any questions please call, fax, or e-mail him.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE
White collar defense is a specialized sub-set of criminal defense. In general, white collar defense refers to prosecutions involving allegations of fraud, regulatory violations such as environmental crimes, health care law violations, election crimes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, embezzlement (18 U.S.C. 641- 669), bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, insider trading, and other cases involving investments and/or businesses. The Federal Bureau of Investigations maintains a list of recent white collar cases here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/story-index/white-collar-crime and keeps their own definition of white collar crime here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar. This article is by no means a complete examination of white collar defense, but is instead an overview of certain issues. Each case and every situation requires a different focus and will result in different decisions. Every case will require more research and focus than this article offers. Because white collar defense often involves highly regulated and technical conduct these cases often require expertise in narrow areas of law, such as tax law, health care law, and environmental law. Also, the defense of white collar cases can require knowledge of the industry or business in question. Thus, white collar defense may require experts with specialized knowledge to assist in the preparation of the defense. We have described various issues and white collar scenarios on pages attached to this page: White Collar Crime and Intent Conspiracy and Vicarious Liability in White Collar Cases Environmental Crimes Some Defenses to White Collar Charges