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Lauren Kelly Johnson
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Phone: (949) 622-5522
Fax: (949) 622-5511

19200 Von Karman Ave #400
Irvine, California 92612

Lauren K Johnson 17 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 5 years.

Lauren is well-known for her 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 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, Lauren 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.

Upon graduation from Law School, Lauren was awarded 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.

Lauren is a Southern California native and has lived in Irvine for over a decade. She serves as an Irvine Community Services Commissioner with the City of Irvine.


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.

Client Reviews
Lauren Johnson was amazing. She explained everything in ways that were easily understood, & answered all of my question. She was respectful, but also open & honest. She started work on my case the first day we met & got results quickly. She demonstrated passion, concern, and showed true feeling for my situation. My expectations were greatly exceeded. I would say she has an incredible attention for detail, & has a real dedication to her work. Lauren Johnson would be my first recommendation to any of my family or friends similarly in need of legal assistance. - Heather
I researched a lot of attorneys and had met with two attorneys before speaking with Ms. Johnson and retaining her. I was facing serious charges that could not be on my record, due to my job and was really scared. I felt hopeless & thought my life was ruined...until I found Ms. Johnson... - A criminal defense client (drug case)
She is on point. She knows her field well. I have to give credit where credit is due, you deserve it Lauren Johnson... - Anonymous, Victim of Domestic Violence
Lauren K. Johnson was my saving grace. I naively thought you were innocent until proven guilty. However, I soon discovered that CPS and family court does not see things that way... - Mrs. G, a CPS client
Thank you Lauren for your help and support in a very scary, bad time in my life! You were a ray of sunshine in a very dark place. I didn't have to step foot in a court room once, Lauren was there for me... - JB A criminal client