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Lauren Johnson-Norris: The Preeminent CPS and Juvenile Dependency Attorney in California

With nearly 18 years of experience defending clients in juvenile cases, Lauren Johnson-Norris has established herself as the leading advocate in the field of Child Protective Services (CPS) and juvenile dependency law in California. Her exceptional skills, relentless determination, and unwavering commitment to protecting her clients’ rights have earned her a reputation as the go-to parents’ lawyer in Orange County.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star and Top Women Lawyer in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, Ms. Johnson-Norris has successfully represented thousands of clients, securing favorable outcomes in complex and high-stakes cases throughout Southern California. Her advocacy and experience have not only led to the exoneration of many clients but have also established her as a trusted and respected professional among her peers, prosecutors, and judges.

Ms. Johnson-Norris’s expertise extends beyond the courtroom. As a Certified Parent Educator from UCLA, she utilizes her education to provide invaluable guidance and support to her clients, empowering them to make positive changes in their lives even during challenging times. Her compassionate approach, coupled with her fierce litigation skills, ensures that her clients receive exceptional representation and achieve outstanding results.

In addition to her impressive legal accomplishments, Ms. Johnson-Norris is actively involved in various professional associations. She served as the Past-President of the South Orange County Bar Association and remains an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and several criminal defense bar associations in California and nationwide. Her commitment to continuous growth and learning led her to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College, where she received training from some of the nation’s most esteemed trial lawyers.

Ms. Johnson-Norris’s impact extends beyond her individual cases. In 2012, she wrote the winning appeal in the landmark juvenile medical marijuana case In re Drake M. (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 754, setting a precedent and championing the rights of her clients. Her dedication to justice is further demonstrated through her work as a fee arbitrator for the OC Bar Association, a Human Relations Commissioner for the County of Orange, and her role on the Board of Directors of the OC Women Lawyers Association.

Lauren Johnson-Norris’s unparalleled expertise, tireless advocacy, and compassionate approach make her the preeminent CPS and juvenile dependency attorney in California. Her outstanding track record, commitment to her clients, and contributions to the legal community make her an invaluable asset to those in need of exceptional legal representation.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - J.D. - 2023

    Awarded Archie A. Gorfinkle Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Entering the Field of Criminal Defense

  • Sociology, Pitzer College - B.A.
  • Gerry Spence’s Western Trial Advocacy Institute - 2007

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association
  • Appellate Defenders, Inc.
  • California Appellate Project, Inc.
  • Central California Appellate Program

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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