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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 11 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 4 years.

Ms. Johnson’s work includes the aggressive defense of criminal, juvenile, and CPS cases. Her practice focuses on the protection of her clients. She strives to handle each case with the utmost care and to make sure her clients are informed and feel comfortable.

Lauren K Johnson is the Past-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, Ms. Johnson was awarded the Paul Bell Fellowship through Appellate Defenders, Inc. for her work championing the rights of parents in Juvenile Dependency Appeals. Ms. Johnson’s passion for helping families is reflected in her blog, The Parenting Lawyer.

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 presented a mock argument to the incoming 1L class for two years in a row.


J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2003
Awarded Archie A. Gorfinkle Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Entering the Field of Criminal Defense.

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 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 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.