Gregory E. Knoll

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Location: Escondido, California, United States

Gregory E. Knoll, Chief Executive Officer at Legal Aid Society of San Diego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal assistance for low-income clients.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Mr. Knoll has excelled since 1974 as chief counsel and chief executive officer of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, an organization providing low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals and legal representation. His responsibilities include the administration, management, and supervision of the legal work performed by a 135-person staff, including 60 lawyers and 45 paralegals/advocates.

In preparation for his later career, following coursework with the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mr. Knoll obtained a business degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in 1969 and continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey in 1972.

Mr. Knoll provides superior service as chair of the oversight committee for the San Diego County Geographic Managed Care Medi-Cal Program (known locally as “Healthy San Diego”) and as vice-chair of San Diegans for Health Care Coverage. He maintains membership with the California State Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association and American Bar Association. His honors include the Loren Miller Attorney of the Year Award given by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the San Diego County Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Award and Outstanding Attorney of the Year awarded by the San Diego County Bar Association.

A keen desire to help the less fortunate led Mr. Knoll to pursue a legal profession. His inclination to help the poor was developed through his upbringing, as his parents would always lend a helping hand to anybody who needed it and their example molded his attitude towards the needy. He considers his two sons, his current marriage, as well as his stepchildren, whom he adores, as the greatest sources of his pride. Professionally, Mr. Knoll’s career highlight was the building of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., from the ground up into one that is respected across the country and is providing excellent legal assistance to tens of thousands of poor people every year.

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