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Lauren Johnson

Johnson Criminal Law Group, APLC
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Lauren Johnson
Johnson Criminal Law Group, APLC

Lauren K. Johnson has 18 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. She has represented thousands of clients, and has both zealously defended and exonerated many clients in complex and high-stakes cases in Southern California. Her advocacy, experience, and passion to protect her client’s rights has earned her an outstanding reputation amongst her peers, prosecutors, and Judges.

JCLGLauren is well-known for her aggressive defense of criminal, juvenile, and CPS cases, earning her a reputation as the “go to” parents’ lawyer in Orange County. She is a Certified Parent Educator (UCLA) and uses her education to counsel her clients to make positive changes in their lives and to get through difficult times. She is not only a fierce litigator and persuasive advocate who gets outstanding result, she practices law with empathy and compassion for her clients.

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. She has handled nearly 400 cases on appeal.

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 serves as an Irvine City 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

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.

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