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Lauren Johnson

also known as Lauren K. Johnson

About Me

With more than a decade of experience in criminal court, Lauren K Johnson has earned an outstanding reputation as one of Orange County's most aggressive and effective criminal defense attorneys. Ms. Johnson has the experience and skill to evaluate your case and defenses and come up with an effective strategy to fight your case. She has tried cases to judges and juries, argued on appeal, and trained other attoneys throughout the state on effective representation in criminal and juveile cases. Her landmark opinion in In re Drake M. (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 754 is one of the most often cited juvenile opinions in the past three years in other published cases. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and the Past-President of the South Orange County Bar Association.


Ms. Johnson always strives to keep her clients informed, to make them feel comfortable and to make sure they are  a partner in their case. Contact the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson to talk about your case today.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    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