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Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

also known as Lauren K. Johnson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Juvenile

About Me

I have been fighting for the rights of the accused and those who find themselves swept into an often complicated legal system since I was a young law student in New York. I began my career as an activist for criminal justice and I clerked in the busiest public defenders office in Manhattan, the Legal Aid Society of NY. I graduated the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of law with honors and recognition for the most outstanding graduate entering criminal law.


In 2003, I returned to California and got my law license. I spent 5 years at the Orange County Public Defenders Office defending the most difficult cases, with outstanding results. I earned a reputation amongts my peers, District Attorneys, Judges and the private bar for being a fierce advocate and an aggressive and persuasive litigator. It was this experience that launched me into private practice, where I have more time to spend on each individual case and with each client.


I have tried cases to juries and judges and have an excellent success record. I have represented thousands of clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious and violent felonies. I also have represented hundreds of parents in child abuse proceedings and written countless juvenile appeals.


When you get arrested, you don't stop being the mother, caretaker, provider, parent, or future-leader that you are. It is the attorney's job to make sure that you are portrayed in the most favorable light and that you are treated by the system with dignity and respect. I never forget that my clients are real people with families, lives, and jobs they need to get back to. I understand how important the outcome of each case is to the client so it is just as important to me.


I take each case very seriously, as though the liberty of a friend of family member was at stake. I have the experience to evaluate and give honest and reliable advise and the passion and talent to advocate on your behalf. I have helped many clients pull their lives out of a difficult place, to see a shining future. I can do the same for you.






Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Juvenile: 50%
    11 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • Hovanes Margarian

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Hovanes Margarian Consumer Protection Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter John Marek

    11 years as a criminal defense attorney with 5 of those spent as a public defender fighting in the trenches for an often ungrateful clientele is what we call experienced. Her pro bono contributions are excellent and knowledge of both the law and procedure shows through. Client reviews are the ultimate compliment and hers are stellar. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation.


    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Lauren K Johnson

19200 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 600
Irvine, CA, 92612


DCActive 200905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Paul Bell FellowshipAppellant Defenders, Inc.2011
Archie A. Gorfinkle Award- Outstanding GraduateBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Panel AttorneyCalifornia Appellate Project2011 - Present
Panel AttorneyOrange County Juvenile Court (Delinquency)2010 - Present
Panel AttorneyAppellate Defenders, Inc.2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Lauren K Johnson2009 - Present
AttorneyOrange County Public Defender2004 - 2009
AttorneyHanger Levine and Steinberg2004 - 2004
Management Training ProgramCounty of Los Angeles, Chief Administrative Office2003 - 2004
Legal InternLegal Aid Society of New York2001 - 2003

Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Orange County Bar AssociationPresident2013 - Present
85 BroadsInvestor2011 - Present
UCI Law SchoolMoot Court Judge2011 - Present
National Lawyers Guild Orange County ChapterFounding Member2011 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
California Appellate Defense CounselMember2010 - Present
Newport Harbor Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Orange County Jewish Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Santa Ana YMCA Youth and GovernmentAdvisor2009 - 2011
Santa Ana YMCA Mock TrialAdvisor and Judge2009 - 2011
Orange County Women Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Santa Ana YMCABoard Member2008 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2005 - 2010
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationMember2004 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2004 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2004 - Present
National Lawyers Guild LA ChapterMember2003 - 2005
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2004
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2004
National Lawyers Guild New York ChapterMember2000 - 2003

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Gang trialmotion to dismiss granted
San Diego CPS Case DismissedDismissal
Marijuana Case DismissedDismissal

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Publication NameTitleDate
Lawpreneur RadioLauren Johnson of The Law Office of Lauren K. Johnson Discusses Criminal Defense and Appeals2014
Daily JournalAmerican Jurisprudence is Wrong About Spanking2014
HuffPost LiveGetting Kids High: The Negative Repercussions of Legalization?2013
The Huffington PostCalifornia Parent "Paul M." Wins Victory for Medical Marijuana Users2012
HuffPost LiveMedical Marijuana Win2012
California Appellate Defense CounselOpening the Juvenile Courts2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
NLADALawAppellate Advocacy2011
Western Trial Advocacy Institute (Gerry Spence)Trial AdvocacyTrial Advocacy2007
Fair Housing CouncilLandlord-TenantAlternative Dispute Resolution Certificate2006
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Pitzer College (Claremont)SociologyBachelors of Art2000
Saddleback CollegePsychologycontinued educationN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Whittier Law SchoolDoing Good and Doing Well2011
Victory In Parole CasesNational Lawyers Guild2011
Saddleback High SchoolTheory of the Case2011
Pitzer CollegeLegal Careers2011
National Lawyers GuildFighting Islamophobia (Host)2011
National Lawyers GuildProgressive Lawyering in a Conservative County2011
National Lawyers GuildNational Lawyers Guild2011
National Lawyers GuildNational Lawyers Guild2011
Godinez High SchoolMock Trial2011
Doing Good and Doing WellNational Lawyers Guild2011
Santa Ana YMCATrial Skills- Storytelling2010
Santa Ana YMCATrial Skills- Direct and Cross Examination2010
Santa Ana YMCATrial Skills- Opening and Closing Your Case2010
Santa Ana YMCAFirst Amendment Law for Students2010
Santa Ana YMCATrial Advocacy2010
Community Day School Know Your RightsJuvenile Know Your Rights2010
Santa Ana YMCAYMCA Building Alliances in the Legal Community2009
Santa Ana YMCATrial Advocacy2009
Empathy in client counselingEmpathy in client counseling2009
NAACP Know Your RightsKnow Your Rights2008