Firm Profile


At Knight Defense, our goal is to perpetuate the highest levels of competence in criminal defense so all clients are afforded meaningful, effective representation regardless of guilt or innocence. It is our duty to safeguard the individual’s constitutional rights under both state and federal law and protect the client from unjust treatment at the hands of combative law enforcement and prosecutors.

While we pride ourselves on the work performed in front of a jury in establishing a client’s innocence, we understand that many individual’s cannot or do not wish to go through the stressful and costly process of a jury trial and will go to great lengths to obtain a disposition that is in line with your needs and goals. Our work is not entirely in the courtroom and can often include working with law enforcement or the District Attorney early on to prevent the case from ever being filed. Specializing only in criminal defense and practicing consistently in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and surrounding counties makes Knight Defense one of the most trusted and dedicated criminal defense firms in southern California.



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Kelly Knight has been practicing criminal defense in Orange and surrounding counties for five years and is considered one of the legal field’s fastest rising stars. She has successfully advocated for her clients on hundreds of cases ranging from petty theft to homicide and practices in both state and federal courts. She is a formidable trial attorney with a reputation for being fearless in the courtroom, well-liked by her clients and respected by her colleagues for her personable demeanor and knowledge of the law. She is currently the President of the West Orange County Bar Association and actively volunteers through the Constitutional Rights Foundation, including mock trial and peer court. Additionally, she is heavily involved with the American Inns of Court – Ferguson Chapter as a Team Leader on several successful presentations which has allowed her to create strong and lasting relationships with various leaders in the legal community.

She graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Consumer and Family Sciences in May of 2002. She attended law school at Santa Clara University and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in May of 2005. After taking the bar exam, she relocated to Los Angeles and began working as a business and family immigration intern while waiting for results. Upon passing the bar on her first attempt she was hired as an associate attorney at another prominent criminal defense firm in Orange County in June of 2006. She immediately took over the misdemeanor caseload and rapidly moved up to handling many of the firm’s felony cases. Her ability to effectively and favorably resolve cases for her clients afforded her the opportunity to establish her own firm with continued success.


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