Attorney Journals, Orange County, Volume 214

Page 16


by Dan Baldwin

Lauren Johnson is the most outstanding, exceptional, and accommodating attorney I have ever had the honor and privilege to encounter. Her empathy, compassion, insight, and professionalism are unrivaled. When I found myself in an extremely vulnerable and traumatic situation, Lauren completely put me at ease, alleviating my panic, anxiety and fear. She is gentle, yet fiercely precise and laser sharp. She took an extraordinary amount of time to ask such probing questions, leading to amazing revelations as to the nature of my situation. She is a "Tour de Force" and I know that I am in the most capable hands. My experience with her, and her phenomenal assistant has truly been life altering. This is, hands down, the best investment I have ever made. After all... the price of freedom is priceless! I am profoundly grateful, for her, and to her...” —J. M.

Satisfied clients are the best references for an attorney and Lauren Johnson-Norris, Founder and Head Attorney of Johnson Criminal Law Group, APLC and CPS Law Group, has earned her share of heart-felt praise. Her small firm, six employees, has earned a big reputation for protecting the rights of families at a time when parents’ rights are being challenged. The firm’s primary practice areas are Child Protective Services (CPS) defense, criminal defense, DUI, DUID, juvenile crimes, drug crime defense, Orange County domestic violence cases, and restraining orders. With nearly 20 years of experience defending clients in juvenile cases, Johnson-Norris has also established herself as the leading advocate in the field of CPS and juvenile dependency law in California. She and her team have proven so successful in this arena that the firm is launching a new division focusing completely on supporting parents in CPS cases. They will continue with their other practice areas, but the new group is a distinct focus to serve a growing need in the state that effects citizens now and for generations to come. Johnson-Norris is passionate about meeting the needs of her clients, who are often facing the fight of their lives from

a position that is disadvantaged and emotionally charged. “Few of us are equipped with the knowledge of our rights until they are called into question. Pairing inexperience and emotion can have catastrophic results with multi-generational consequences,” she says. Johnson-Norris believes that having a lawyer in a juvenile dependency case is essential. The right attorney provides legal expertise, represents and advocates for the child’s best interests, offers objective perspectives, facilitates negotiation and mediation, represents clients in court, and manages the case through to conclusion. “Our presence ensures that the parent and their family have a knowledgeable and dedicated advocate who can navigate the legal complexities and fight for their rights and well-being.” Her published appellate wins include: In re Drake M (the court held that parents could lawfully use medical marijuana without their use being deemed child neglect); In re Pricilla D. (the court held that a parent can terminate a legal guardianship under the Welfare and Institutions Code); and In re D.P. (the court reversed an order terminating parental rights at Welfare and Institutions Code hearing.)

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