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Peter Johnson

Criminal defense Attorney at REDONDO BEACH, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 16 years
    Maryland - MD 24 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

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Peter Johnson, J.D. M.B.A., is a federal criminal trial attorney, teacher and advocate. He is a Lecturer in Law at University of California (UCLA) School of Law and the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law.

​Prior to opening his own law firm in Southern California, he served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, California. He also worked as a litigation associate in a mid-sized law firm in Washington, D.C.

Peter graduated from the University of Maryland School or Law, Order of Barristers, where he was a member of the National Trial Team and the Jessup International Moot Court Team. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, where he lived and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in principles of finance, international corporate finance, business economics, operations management and European business law.

After law school, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, United States District Judge.

With more twenty years of experience in public service and private practice, Peter has litigated hundreds of federal criminal cases, including jury trials, bench trials, evidentiary hearings and appeals.

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Peter Johnson Law, A Professional Corporation
409 N PACIFIC COAST HWY
REDONDO BEACH, CA, 90277
Peter Johnson Law, A Professional Corporation
1601 Pacific Coast Hwy
Suite 290
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90277
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I had a very difficult case, facing about eight years in state prison and two felonies. It was Mr. Peter who gave me hope and positivity when he took the case. He did everything for me and did not let anything get in his way in fighting for me. He truly goes above and beyond and cares deeply. He filed motions to weaken the district attorneys case whenever he had the opportunity and always made the time to answer my questions and speak to me about everything that was going on. I knew I could really trust him and knew he always had my back, even when the district attorney would offer decent deals, he wouldn’t accept it knowing that there was better for me. He fought harder and harder each day to get the best outcome possible, he was always confident and assured me that it would work out. After the preliminary hearing, his office was able to retain a video from the incident, which showed the other party being somewhat at fault and he was able to examine it and use it as part of the motion to help my case. His professionalism is outstanding in how he has dealt with me, the District Attorney, and the Judge throughout the case. He always arrived to court early, even before it would be open. He sympathizes with these difficult situations and goes the extra mile, treating you like a family member. I thank God that I went with him as my attorney and believe that God put him in my life for a reason. I do not believe I would have had the same outcome without his experience and ability.
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Posted by Justin | November 15, 2023
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Beyond Professional
This company and the teams working behind the scenes are amazing. We have been personally working with Peter for over 5 years and the ease the comfort, and support though out the days and years have made this process manageable. The team became family, knowing we could talk, text and contact when needing assistance. Words won’t ever express our gratitude for Peter and the battle he put forth for me, and my family.
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Posted by Josie | October 19, 2023
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A Dedicated and Awesome Attorney at Law
Peter Johnson is a great attorney, I would recommend him to anyone..He saved my brother from a 7 yrs sentence to a year.. Without him in my brother and our family corner I don’t know what would have happened ..Mr Johnson we Sencerly Thank you for all that you’ve done.. No words can say how Great thou art..God Bless you
Posted by Saul | September 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best representation you could ever want
Peter Johnson is the best , knowledgeable and well respected in the federal court system . I was facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years for usc 841 846 . Conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute. Even though I didn’t have anything to do with with these individuals or was ever apart of the grand scheme I was involved for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and got caught up . When I arrested it was the most terrifying day of my life I knew that it was serious when I saw the line of FBI agents coming to get me , a father of three with a history of addiction , no criminal record,no affiliation to any crime syndicate or with not a single illegal drug or weapon in my home . As the day progressed and I went through the process I was introduced to Peter , first thing he told me when we met was you are like a brother and I will treat you and this case as if you were my brother . The prosecutor didn’t make my bond easy and the judge was quick to say no but by the grace of GOD and Peter’s persistence I was out of prison the same night of my arrest and back home with my family to prepare for a legal battle I would have never imagined I would be in . I was stressed, afraid, depressed, and didn’t see any way out of this situation. I went to his office and met with Dustin and Peter . They both assured that they had my back and I needed not to worry . True to his word Peter and his team went above and beyond what any attorney would normally do . I had a relapse almost a year to the day of my arrest and was going to be incarcerated for violating federal bond . Dustin drove me to the hospital and Peter sat with me for hours keeping me company Peter suggested I go to a detox and rehab that he knew I was a good person but my addiction was a strong and destructive demon I had that wouldn’t let me go . Sure enough that kept me out of prison and in the good graces of the court because I was trying to do the right thing . Peter told me I would be a perfect candidate for the CASA program and to be honest I doubted that I would even be excepted because I had little faith in the system. Sure enough Peter had Dustin drafted my casa application and I got an interview with the CASA committee. Two days later peter called me and said “You have be excepted in to casa track one “ which meant that if I complete the program and stay on the right path all the charges will be dropped and I won’t go to prison a single day of my life . This brought me to tears and I couldn’t believe Peter did exactly what he said he would do . It was a weight lifted of my family and my self . Peter is an amazing individual compassionate, caring, and the best attorney you can ever have in your corner. He saw through the negative picture the feds try to paint of me and saw who I really was , a father, husband, an individual who had a tremendous addiction due to trauma and circumstances that were out of my control. I am grateful and will be for the rest of my life for the opportunity peter diligently worked to get me . I would have never got through this with out Peter and his knowledge of the system and his connections to the court . I thank GOD every day that he put such an amazing person in my life . Peter told me GOD has a plan for me and this was just a way to further my message of faith and helping individuals that can’t see the light at the end of the long dark tunnel. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Peter and his expertise. If you find your self in any legal situation involving the government I can’t stress this enough contact Peter’s team immediately, you won’t regret it. He is an amazing advocate and one hell of a man. True to his word and true to the people . He will get you through the hardest time and be a beacon of light in the dark. Peter thank you brother . I love you keep up the amazing work your a great man and GOD will continue to use you . I’m am forever grateful and indebted to you .
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Posted by Jasmine | September 19, 2023
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10/10 Best attorney
Peter was empathetic and skilled. His brilliance was evident in all of his interactions in the court and with how He was always 10 steps ahead. He has a gift of balancing professionalism and empathy. He gave us hope during one of the most difficult times in our life and for that we will forever be grateful. Thank you! Jasmine and family
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Posted by Howard | September 13, 2023
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Thank you Peter
My name is Howard and I was facing a minimum sentence of ten years in prison. Peter Johnson was assigned to my case and on our first meeting he said to me “man you are lucky you got me!”, and I replied “I feel lucky!”, and I knew at that moment he was the right attorney for me. Peter did not tell me what I wanted to hear, but what he told me gave me the confidence to know that I was indeed in the right hands. He was always upfront and honest about my situation, and was always available to answer any and all of my questions. He made me feel like family and not just a client, as he would call me from time to time to check on my wellbeing, and those kind gestures were very much appreciated. His team was very professional and truly went above and beyond on my behalf and for that I thank them all. When it came time for me to face the judge, I was worried that I would say the wrong thing or perhaps not say enough, and Peter assured me that if I could not find the right words that he would. And he did exactly what he said he would do. I was bracing myself for the possibility of spending ten years of my life behind bars. However, Peter using his expertise got my sentence reduced to six months prison, one year house arrest and three years probation. While I don’t believe in luck, I do believe in blessings, and I will forever be grateful that God lead Peter to my jail cell that day. Not that I will ever be in need of an attorney again, but if I ever did have to go before another judge I would definitely want Peter Johnson by my side. Thank you, Peter, Laura, Dustin, Gabrae, Grady, and many thanks to your entire staff for giving me a future. You truly are a dream team!
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Posted by NR | January 5, 2023
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Stellar Representation
Working with Peter was an eye opener in many ways. It wasn't until he represented me that I learned the importance of having an amazing attorney, let alone just having an attorney. I also was unaware of my wrongs, areas of opportunity, and change of perspective that was necessary to not live a damaged life due to unforgiveness. His professionalism in handling my case was mind-blowing. His communication skills were amazing. He didn't leave me in the dark about anything. Every decision he made, he educated me on why he chose that path versus another. All in all, with his spectacular guidance, my case was dismissed. there is no better option when it comes to an attorney.
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Posted by Annie | January 5, 2023
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Aprochable and honest
I had a problem with bank overstepping with real cause and my attorney spoke to them and got them to back off and liberate my held funds.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2022
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Power and Passion!
PJL is a stellar organization that really makes you feel seen.and heard. Not only does his team fight for you but they really treat you like eard and Peter’s experience is apparent. His credibility and relationships on both sides of the bench have afforded him the ability to negotiate agreeable terms without messy court proceedings. I wholeheartedly recommend his practice, Peter has a servants heart and is unequivocally the best representation you can ask for!
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Posted by Darnell | December 27, 2022
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Grateful!
Peter is an excellent lawyer and a compassionate person. He explains everything, takes out his personal time. He's had a positive outcome, not only in my case but in others I'm familiar with. If I ever needed a service Peter provided, he would be the only person I'd call!
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2022
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Highly recommend!!!!!
Attorney Peter Johnson promised me that he would treat my family member’s case like it was his own and he did! He was very patient and extremely thorough in his approach. He was able to drop the charges to a misdemeanor and work with the court to work on a judicial diversion. The whole process was very daunting, but Attorney Johnson and his staff walked us through the entire process. He is extremely intelligent and knows how to make things work in his client’s favor. I would highly recommend him!!!!!!
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Posted by Joseph | August 31, 2022
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Passionate, Committed, Commendable
Thank you Peter for delivering on everything that you said you would do for me and my family. I will appreciate you for as long as I live!
Posted by Gloria | February 28, 2022
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Best in the West!
Peter is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney and knew exactly what was needed to fight my case. From the very 1st time I met him, I knew everything would be fine because He made me feel like family. He takes great pride in his work, and really cares about his clients! He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk! He fought hard for me and I will forever be grateful as I was given the opportunity to become a productive member of society, and I’m out here thriving!
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2021
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Pete
Presents all possible options. Very comfortable with him representing me. Very knowledgeable and experienced in this line of work.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I had a great experience with him, he always kept me updated on my situation and was always honest, he also knew a lot about small laws that weren’t always usual but it definitely helped me In my case and helped me to not become a felon
Posted by Alberto | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful for Having Peter Johnson to Represent Me in Federal Court! Miraculously Outcome due To his Expertise
In 2016, I was facing a federal 10 year mandatory minimum sentence due to a conspiracy and drug trafficking case. Mr. Johnson was appointed to me by the court to represent me. Before my court hearing, he introduced himself and promised to give me the best outcome possible. I was nervous and afraid, but his words gave me the comfort and assurance to know that we were going to get through that tough moment. While in custody and at the court hearing, I wasn’t given the opportunity to bail out since I was considered flight risk, but Mr. Johnson never gave up on getting me released. Within 3 days, he called to tell me he had Pre-Trial Services on our side and that I was going to get released with certain restrictions. At the moment, any restrictions didn’t matter as long as you’re able to go home to your family as soon as possible. After almost 3 1/2 years of being out on bail, meetings, and planning on Mr. Johnson’s part, he finally thought it was the best time to go into court to face my sentence. With his knowledge of new legislation laws, 20+ years of experience, and faith in God, he was able to get me a sentence of only 14 days incarceration, 18 months of home detention, and 4 years of probation! I had no words when the judge ruled out the sentence and it was all because of Mr. Johnson. With such a short sentence, I was able to able to keep my job and be out here with my family. I now have 2 months left of home detention and words cannot explain how grateful I am for the outcome. I thank God for putting him in my path! Thank you Peter!
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Posted by Dean Johnson | March 12, 2021
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Peter Johnson
Quickly and efficiently help me with multiple cases by giving me advice and also looking out for my best interest. Highly recommend this attorney to anyone due to his high levels of patients and knowledge in his field.
Posted by Alexander | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My attorney
My attorney pete he’s the man you can rely on at any time you need him to do the job. He’s always there for me to walk me through the tough time and a show me everything will be OK
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lecturer In Law
  • University Of Southern California Law School (Gould)
  • 2019 - Present
  • Lecturer in Law
  • University Of California Los Angeles
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Peter Johnson Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • Deputy Federal Public Defender
  • Federal Public Defender Office
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Law Clerk to Federal District Judge
  • United States District Court, Maryland
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Litigation Associate Attorney
  • Dyer, Ellis & Joseph, PC
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge
  • Court Of Appeals Of Maryland
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • IE Business Schoool
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2009
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • B.S.
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Preindictment Tax Fraud Investigation
  • United States Attorney's Office declined prosecution.
  • Preindictment Investigation
  • United States Attorney's Office declined prosecution

Associations

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100.
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law
  • Lecturer in Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
  • Lecturer in Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Central District of California, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel
  • Trial Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Central District of California, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Capital Habeas Attorney Panel
  • Capital Habeas Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Criminal Defense - Top 100 (California)
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Order of Barristers (honors in oral advocacy and brief writing)
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1999
  • National Semi-Finalist
  • University of Maryland National Trial Team
  • 1999
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Pete Johnson is a well-respected trial attorney and excellent professor, with both a broad knowledge of the inner-workings of the criminal justice system, and tremendous compassion for his clients. Any client of Mr. Johnson's is in the hands of a top-notch attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"For the last 15 years, I have known and worked with Peter Johnson handling complex federal criminal cases. Peter is a smart, dedicated and meticulous attorney who has a calm and reassuring demeanor with all of his clients. When dealing with difficult bench officers and prosecutors, he is a tenacious and effective advocate. He is an excellent attorney for anyone facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked closely with Peter Johnson and have seen firsthand his powerful leadership of criminal defense teams. Peter is truly one of those exceptional lawyers who other lawyers hold in the highest regard. He is a brilliant tactician. He is a great communicator. He is passionate about his work. Peter Johnson is a fierce defender of his clients. I have seen Peter Johnson get amazing results for his clients. I have the utmost respect for attorney Peter Johnson."
White collar crime Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was in a jury trial with Pete on a complex federal mortgage fraud case. Pete was knowledgeable, hard working and creative throughout. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Federal crime Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Peter Johnson for almost 10 years, I know that he is a relentless advocate for his clients. He is always prepared, tenacious, and honest. If you are charged or investigated with a federal criminal offense, I can think of no better lawyer to have on your side than Mr. Johnson. He puts the needs of his clients first. He is well-respected by judges. lawyers, and prosecutors. I enthusiastically endorse him and would recommend him to handle the most serious federal criminal case."
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REDONDO BEACH Criminal defense Lawyer Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson
Criminal defense Attorney
REDONDO BEACH, CA
Licensed for 24 years