Carin Leanne Johnson

Carin Leanne Johnson

Partner at the Law Offices of Johnson &

Walnut Creek, CA

  • user-graduate Education Golden Gate Univ School of Law
  • Experience 29 years of experience year
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Practice Areas

Juvenile Law
Criminal Law
Appeals & Appellate
Juvenile Law

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • California
    ID Number: 165436

Spoken Languages

  • English

Working hours

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

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Carin Johnson is a passionate defender of parents’ rights and has practiced dependency and juvenile law for over 27 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Chico State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate University, School of Law, 1993.In September 2010, Carin presented oral argument in the California First District Court of Appeal, involving a case where the dependency court denied her client reunification services and sought to terminate her parental rights. Carin fought hard for the mother and won a rare REVERSAL, of the lower court’s ruling. This changed California law.Again, Carin argued a wrongfully-accused parent in a multiple broken bone case and got a unanimous reversal in the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District. The case was ordered to be sent back to trial again – and another unanimous reversal resulted in the eventual return of the child to the parents’ care. Carin Johnson fought with the court in both trials, wrote both appeals, obtained reversals in both appeals, (the first one was reversed by the appellate court to “prevent a substantial injustice”) and eventually, the child was REUNIFIED with her parents and returned home.Another one of Carin’s cases made national headlines in 2003 with the infamous “spitball case” where an overzealous DA prosecuted an eighth grader for shooting spitballs in the hallway at school. Carin was featured on Greta Van Sustren, “On the Record” and the Bill O’Reilly show, “The O’Reilly Factor” and on the BBC.Carin JohnsonI has significant Court experience presenting direct and cross-examination of experts on "alleged" shaken baby syndrome allegations (now abusive head trauma), forensic pathology, severe physical abuse allegations, broken bones, psychologists, SART nurses, doctors, and child abuse experts, sex abuse experts, as well as broken bone experts, emergency room and abusive head trauma experts, and child forensic interviews.

Professional Experience

  • Partner
    Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson
    1993 - Current

Professional Associations

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association


  • California St Univ Chico
    Undergraduate Degree


  • Certificate of Appreciation
    California Superior Court - Contra Costa County


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    Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Dependency Law (Speaker and Creator), Los Medanos College


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