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About Us

At CPS Law Group, we pride ourselves on being the premier firm for Child Protective Services (CPS) and juvenile dependency cases in California. Led by Lauren Johnson-Norris, a highly experienced and respected attorney, our team is dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and achieving favorable outcomes in even the most complex and challenging cases.

Our Team

  • Legal Secretaries and Support Staff: Our team of skilled legal secretaries and support staff play a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of our firm. They assist with administrative tasks, document preparation, scheduling, and client communication, providing invaluable support to both our clients and our attorneys.
  • Paralegals and Law Clerks: Our paralegals and law clerks are instrumental in conducting research, drafting legal documents, and assisting in case preparation. Their thoroughness and attention to detail contribute to the strong foundation of our legal strategies, enabling us to provide robust representation to our clients.
  • Team of Attorneys: Our firm boasts a team of highly skilled and experienced attorneys, each bringing their unique strengths and expertise to the table. Collaboratively, we tackle each case, leveraging our collective knowledge and experience to develop effective legal strategies and advocate for the best interests of our clients.
  • Investigators: Our team includes dedicated investigators who play a crucial role in gathering evidence, conducting interviews, and uncovering key information to support our clients’ cases. Their expertise in investigative techniques allows us to build strong and compelling arguments on behalf of our clients.

Our Approach

At CPS Law Group, we believe in a compassionate and comprehensive approach to legal representation. We understand the sensitive and emotionally charged nature of CPS and juvenile dependency cases, and we are committed to providing not only exceptional legal advocacy but also support and guidance to our clients throughout the process.

We prioritize communication and collaboration with our clients, ensuring that they are well-informed and actively involved in their cases. We take the time to listen to their concerns, understand their unique circumstances, and tailor our strategies to meet their specific needs and goals.

With our deep understanding of the intricacies of CPS and juvenile dependency law, we are able to provide informed advice and guidance to help our clients navigate the complexities of the legal system. We believe in empowering our clients, equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about their cases and their lives.

Working With Our Team

In a Child Protective Services (CPS) case, the collaboration between the parent and lawyer is crucial. It is essential for the parent and lawyer to work together as a team to navigate the legal process, protect the parent’s rights, and strive for a favorable outcome. Here are some of our values:

Building Trust and Communication

The foundation of a successful parent-lawyer relationship in a CPS case is built on trust and open communication. The lawyer should create a safe and non-judgmental environment where the parent feels comfortable sharing their concerns, fears, and any relevant information. Regular and transparent communication is essential for both parties to stay informed about the case’s progress, legal strategies, and any important updates.

Understanding the Parent’s Perspective

The lawyer must take the time to listen to the parent’s perspective and understand their unique circumstances. This includes gaining insight into the parent’s relationship with their child, their living situation, any challenges they may be facing, and their goals for the case. By understanding the parent’s perspective, the lawyer can tailor their legal strategies to align with the parent’s best interests and work towards a resolution that supports the parent’s goals.

CPS cases can be complex and overwhelming for parents who may not be familiar with the legal system. It is the lawyer’s responsibility to educate the parent about the legal process, including the different stages, timelines, and potential outcomes. By providing the parent with a clear understanding of what to expect, the lawyer can alleviate anxiety and empower the parent to actively participate in their case.

Exploring Options and Setting Realistic Expectations

The lawyer should discuss the available legal options with the parent and explain the potential risks and benefits of each option. This includes discussing the possibility of negotiation, mediation, or litigation. By setting realistic expectations, the lawyer helps the parent make informed decisions about which course of action to pursue and helps them understand the potential outcomes of their choices.

Gathering Evidence and Building a Strong Case

Working closely with the parent, the lawyer will gather relevant evidence to support the parent’s position. This may involve reviewing documents, conducting interviews, or enlisting the help of investigators or experts. The lawyer will guide the parent in providing necessary information and evidence, ensuring a comprehensive and compelling case is built to advocate for the parent’s rights.

Preparing for Hearings and Court Proceedings

The lawyer will prepare the parent for hearings and court proceedings, ensuring they understand the process, their role, and what to expect. This includes coaching the parent on how to present themselves in court, how to respond to questions, and how to effectively communicate their position. The lawyer will also advocate for the parent’s rights during court proceedings, presenting a strong legal argument and challenging any evidence or allegations that may be unfounded or inaccurate.

Collaborating on Decision-Making

Throughout the case, the lawyer and parent will collaborate on important decision-making, such as whether to accept a settlement offer, whether to pursue further legal action, or how to respond to CPS recommendations. The lawyer will provide legal advice and guidance based on their expertise, but the final decisions rest with the parent. The lawyer’s role is to ensure the parent understands the implications of their choices and support them in making informed decisions.

By working together as a team, the parent and lawyer can maximize their chances of achieving a favorable outcome in a CPS case. The lawyer’s role is to provide legal expertise, guidance, and advocacy, while the parent’s active participation and cooperation are crucial for ensuring their rights are protected and their voice is heard throughout the legal process.

At CPS Law Group, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients and ensuring the well-being of children and families involved in CPS and juvenile dependency cases. Our team of talented professionals is here to guide and support our clients every step of the way, providing exceptional legal representation and unwavering advocacy.

Client Reviews

Lauren Johnson is the most outstanding, exceptional, and accommodating Attorney I have ever had the honor and privilege to encounter. Her empathy, compassion, insight...

Jessica Miller

Elica, Katherine, and Lauren handled my case with grace and kindness. Even though I don’t live in the county and was not physically present for the proceedings, they were...


Lauren and her team have always been informative and confident with the handling of my case. Any concerns I have, they have always been able to address them. I feel taken...


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