Relentless and passionate advocate for the criminally accused with a unique ability to negotiate favorable dispositions in tough cases.
Trial Advocacy Legal Writing
Associate Attorney, 06/2006
to 11/2010 Law Offices of Scott B. Well – 505 S. Villa Real Drive Anaheim Hills,
CA 92807 Worked as lead attorney on hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases for in the California State
Superior Court in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San
Researched and analyzed issues related to criminal procedure, constitutional law, evidence code, and appellate rights.
Drafted and Argued various legal pleadings which included motions to reduce bail, dismiss for lack of evidence, suppress evidence unlawfully obtained, request for new trial, writs and expungements.
Conducted multiple Court and Jury Trials for juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases.
Worked directly with judges and prosecutors to negotiate potential
resolutions prior to trial.
Reviewed police reports, visited case crime scenes and worked directly with investigators or other forensic experts on case strategy.
Assisted with case presentation and trial strategies with managing partner on Homicide and Three Strikes cases.
to 08/2004 Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney – 70 West Hedding Street, West Wing, Santa Jose,
Actively worked on a high-profile charity fraud jury trial Conducted extensive research via Lexis Nexis and/or WestLaw of key issues during trial.
Prepared and drafted Legal Memoranda, including, but not limited to, motions, briefs, and a redacted Grand Jury testimony.
Reviewed multiple witness files and assisted in the creation of PowerPoint slides for use in closing arguments.
Observed a variety of motions and preliminary hearings held at the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Participated in weekly meetings with the investigation officer, paralegal, and supervising attorneys relating to matters of the case.
Immigration Clinic Intern, 06/2003
to 08/2003 Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center – 500 El Camino Real Drive,
Santa Clara CA 95053 Received training in and performed work on family-based immigration matters.
Received exposure to and training in employment based issues, including H1-B applications.
Compiled detailed research for a Ninth Circuit Political Asylum case. Formulated a Motion to Hold Briefing in Abeyance, which was granted.
Initiated the filings of U-Visa applications for six different clients. Compiled and processed V-Visa applications.
Trained in interviewing clients and working with translators.
Attended bi-weekly class sessions with supervising attorneys and discussed various legal topics including worker*s compensation, employment discrimination and immigration.
Owner and Managing Attorney, 12/2010
to Current Law Offices of Kelly Knight – 1432 Edinger Ave. Suite 240 Tustin,
2005 Santa Clara University School of Law - 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara CA 95053 Participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition 2003 as a competitor and 2004 as an Assistant Coach
Juris Doctorate: 5 2005 Santa Clara,
B.S: Consumer and Family Sciences,
5 2002 Purdue University - West Lafayette,
Consumer and Family Sciences
Graduated with Honors
Minor in Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Management
Served approximately 2-4 clients per year pro bono.
Vice-President of the Executive Committee for Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court an organization dedicated to educating attorneys and judges monthly on various Continuing Legal Education (CLE) approved topics
Past President of West Orange County Bar Association, an organization designed to educate criminal defense attorneys on CLE approved topics and annually recognize outstanding members of the bench, bar and clerical staff of the West Justice Center of Orange County Superior Court for their dedicated service in the criminal justice system
Awarded Senator Lou Correa's "Women Making a Difference in 2014" award for extraordinary dedication and contribution to the Orange County Community through pro bono work for military veterans
Current President of local networking group, Business Networking International (BNI), Newport Beach Chapter, a group that meets weekly to exchange business referrals amongst members
Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court Orange County Bar Association Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Association West Orange County Bar Association BNI - Newport Beach Chapter
OTHER INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, Active Team Member 2006 * now Currently serving as one of nine team leaders needed to organize and facilitate the monthly presentations Acted as Team Leader on a Presentation entitled *Going Green: Marijuana and the Law* (2010) Acted as a Team Leader and Presenter on the prosecution and trial of The Aryan Brotherhood. (2009) Acted as a presenter for my team on the topic of Civil Liberties in a Post 9/11 World (2008) West Orange County Bar Association, Board member, President-Elect 2006 * now Celtic Bar Association, Active Member 2007 * now Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation -- Mock Trial, Attorney Scorekeeper 2007 - now Observed high school students competing in a mock trial event and scored the performances based on my personal knowledge and experience Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation * Peer Court, Attorney Supervisor 2006, 2007 Guided student jurors during the process of determining a fair sentence for their accused peers in an informal setting so as to avoid the consequences of a criminal record Real DUI in Schools Program, Presenting Defense Attorney May 2008 Participated in the *Chances and Consequences* Program at Capistrano Valley High School under the guidance of Judge Kimberly Menninger of the Orange County Superior Court ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES External Moot Court Competitions, Assistant to Professor Van Schaack Fall 2004, Spring 2005 Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, Team Member Spring 2004