The Honorable Kimberly A. Knill

Orange County Superior Court, Department W8


The Hon. Kimberly A. Knill is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. She was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on February 27, 2018, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mary F. Schulte.

Knill earned a B.S. from the University of Arizona. She then received a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1988.

Knill began her legal career in 1988, working as an associate at McDermott, Will, and Emery until 1994. She then started her own private practice, where she specialized in civil and child dependency appeals. She received local attention for her work handling the appeals case of Louis and Juditha Brown, helping them in their fight for custody over O.J. Simpson’s children. Then, in 2014, she joined the Superior Court of Orange County as a research attorney. She held this position for two years before becoming a senior appellate attorney at the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Knill has served as Chair of the State Bar’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission. She has also served as a trustee for the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation.

Knill briefly worked as a writing instructor at Whittier Law School from 1997 to 1998.

She was a resident of Aliso Viejo, California at the time of her appointment to the bench. She lived there with her husband and two children.

She is registered as a Republican.

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