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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



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(949) 622-5522



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Lauren K Johnson - America's Top 50 Criminal Lawyer - California

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