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Lauren Kelly Johnson

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Phone: (949) 622-5522
Fax: (949) 622-5511

19200 Von Karman Ave 6th Floor
Irvine, California 92612

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Lauren K Johnson has over 10 years of experience defending clients in criminal and juvenile cases. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star and Top Women Lawyer in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine for the past 3 years.

Ms. Johnson zealously represents clients facing Misdemeanor and Felony Adult and Juvenile Criminal Charges in Orange County. Ms. Johnson also handles post-conviction matters including Appeals and Expungement. Ms. Johnson has dedicated her career to helping clients navigate the complicated and sometimes intimidating criminal justice system.

Attorney Lauren K Johnson practice focuses on the protection of her clients. She also strives to make sure that each client’s experience facing a case is handled with the utmost care. Ms. Johnson aims to ensure that her clients are informed, understand what is happening in their case, have all the information they need to make good choices, and feel confident they have a strong advocate by their side.

Lauren K Johnson is the President of the South Orange County Bar Association, an association of lawyers whose clients are in South Orange County. She is also active in the Orange County Bar Association and several criminal defense bar associations in California and nation-wide. Ms. Johnson is also a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College, where she received training by the nation’s greatest trial lawyers.

In 2012, Ms. Johnson wrote the winning appeal in the landmark juvenile medical marijuana case In re Drake M. (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 754. In 2011, Orange County criminal defense and juvenile dependency Attorney Lauren K Johnson was awarded the Paul Bell Fellowship through Appellate Defenders, Inc. for her work championing the rights of parents in Juvenile Dependency Appeals. Upon graduation from Law School, Ms. Johnson was awarded the the Archie A. Gorfinkle Award For The Most Promising Graduate Entering The Field Of Criminal Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Lauren K Johnson has volunteered to judge mock trial at UCI Law School and has presented for the past two years to the incoming 1L class.


J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2003
Awarded Archie A. Gorfinkle Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Entering the Field of Criminal Defense.
Chair, National Lawyers Guild Cardozo Chapter 2001-2003
Chair, Public Interest Law Student Association 2001-2003
Womens Law Student Association 2001-2003

B.A. Sociology, Pitzer College

Gerry Spence’s Western Trial Advocacy Institute , 2007

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

California, 2003
District of Columbia , 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

South Orange County Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

California Appellate Defense Counsel

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Orange County Women Lawyers Association

Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Appellate Defenders, Inc.

California Appellate Project, Inc.

Central California Appellate Program

Lauren K Johnson realizes that anyone can be arrested and accused of a crime and will never judge you or your family member for it. She will fight each and every charge, fully aware that the consequences of a case can forever change her client's life. Some convictions carry life-time requirements, result in the loss of employment, can lead to deportation, or result in separation from a client's family. Call us at 949-622-5522 or contact us online for your initial consultation with Orange County Criminal defense and juvenile dependency attorney Lauren K Johnson.