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About me

I am a nationally and internationally recognized authority on California
criminal law. I have more than 30 years of legal experience. When I’m
not in the courtroom you’ll see me on TV commenting on the biggest cases
in America.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    36 years


Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

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  • Jeffrey Brett Hayden

    Dean Johnson has a keen intellect and an often unique vision -- insights unmatched by other lawyers -- that often saves the day for his clients. I heartily endorse this lawyer.


    Jeffrey Hayden Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. Dean Johnson is a brilliant and especially tough lawyer. He is a formidable adversary. If anyone has a criminal problem, Dean is the first person I recommend they see. Outstanding.


    Julian Hubbard Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

600 Allerton Street #202
Redwood City, CA, 94063-1570



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2013
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Prosecuting AttorneySan Mateo County Offices - District Attorney, Northern District Court1983 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
California Lawyer MagazineMy Life as a Pundit2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Yale UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1972