Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson

Carin Johnson, Esq.
(Attorney/Partner)

Carin Johnson
5 Star Reviews

“I hired Carin after I had some issues with CPS. Carin was straight forward and honest. She worked very hard to get the situation resolved. Carin was always available. I never felt lost or helpless. She fought hard for me and my children. And if it wasn’t for her and her team. I would not be spending the Holidays with my children. She will always hold a very special place in my heart. I hope one day we can come together to make the world a better place.”


“Mrs. Johnson is not only a great lawyer but also a great person. She made me feel good and confident since the first time we talked on the phone. Mrs. Johnson took action right away and kept me informed throughout the whole process. She explains everything and breaks down whatever you have a problem understanding. Thanks to Mrs. Johnson and her great dedication to helping me in my case I am now done and over with my case. I greatly appreciate all the help Mrs. Johnson gave me and I know she will help others just as much as she helped me.”


“Wow! At consultation, she found out right away I was charged wrongfully! (300a, instead of 300b). The previous court-appointed attorney & the one I hired didn’t catch that? Nor did they even explain things to me, which is why I consulted with Carin. After accepting me as her client, & seeing how she works in the courtroom, I can say that I feel more at ease & worry free, compared to before. I only wish I’d consulted with her sooner, So if anyone out there is looking for a great lawyer, I highly recommend Carin Johnson & her Firm, without a doubt!”

5 Star Reviews

“I have had the pleasure of working with Carin on a number of cases in the last couple years and have been a colleague of hers for over 20 years. I am very impressed by Carin’s depth of knowledge in Juvenile law and by her profound humanity. It has been my honor to work with her and I highly recommend her.”

Amanda B., Criminal Defense Attorney


“I don’t know if I have ever met a more passionate and competent attorney. Carin never gives less than 100% to all of her clients. She is highly respected in her practice area, by her peers and judges alike. You can’t go wrong hiring her. She’s superwoman.”

Lisa M., Child Custody Attorney


“I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Johnson is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and true credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services.”

Mary Q., Estate Planning Attorney

5 Star Endorsements
What Makes Attorney Carin Johnson, Esq. Uniquely Qualified To Represent You?

The majority of Carin’s 25-year practice is focused on juvenile law. As a parent, she is very dedicated and compassionate about representing parents’ rights in juvenile court. When the system accuses a parent of abuse, it is an extremely serious accusation. Let Carin put her considerable experience to work for you.

Carin Johnson is a passionate defender of parents’ rights and has practiced dependency and juvenile law for over 25 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 when the CPS/CFS representative advocated for termination of parental rights all along.

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 is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and has taught classes on juvenile dependency law. She has also presented with a panel of attorneys multiple times regarding Juvenile Law, Criminal Law issues on sex abuse cases, and presented in numerous conferences in many areas of the law.

Carin Johnson has experience presenting direct and cross experts and cross-examination, in court, on shaken baby syndrome allegations now abusive head trauma, forensic pathologist experts, 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 interviewing process in the area of suggestibility and the tainting of children and it’s effects during interviews as well as forensic interviews.

Associations/Memberships:

  • California State Bar Membership
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member California Appellate Defense Counsel Member
  • Consultant for Trauma Center providing services for adults in need.
  • National Association of Child Defense Counsel
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel

Speaking Engagements at MCLE Spectacular, and Private Engagements, Contra Costa County:

  • Speaker and Creator: Juvenile Dependency, Los Medanos College 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
  • Speaker: AFCC Conference, Feb. 2016
  • Speaker Co-Creator of: Gender Bias, 2006
  • Speaker Co-Creator of: Cross Over Issues in Domestic Violence Cases and Juvenile Court, 2005
  • Speaker Co-Creator: How to Handle Sex Abuse Cases, 2004

Published Opinion: L.Z. v. Superior Court, 188 Cal. App. 4th 1285 (2010) , My appeal disposition trial prior to appeal. I authored all briefs. Unanimous reversal regarding W&l 300(e) allegations.

Several Appellate briefs and Writs, Dependency Cases and Criminal Cases, filed and argued including multiple Oral Arguments, First, Fourth, Third, and Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Trial Experience:

  • Recent-continuing– sex abuse “false allegation” trial, San Jose, 2019
  • Recent multiple broken bone case-trial- one child returned home just prior to trial, second child three months later, Alameda County, 2019
  • Recent multiple broken bone case-trial-, Napa County- child released to parents after detention hearing, 2019
  • Recent Sex Abuse trial-on appeal- child returned to mother mid-trial, Alameda County, 2018.
  • Recent shaken baby matter (AHT- San Joaquin), Recent Sexual abuse trial (Santa Clara Co)
  • Intentional submersion burn trial, Alameda County, Dependency matter.
  • High Conflict Custody Trial, False allegations of physical abuse, 2015-2016, Contra Costa County
  • High Conflict Custody Trial, False allegations of sexual abuse, allegations dismissed by moving party mid-trial, followed by continuing custody litigation. 2015-2016
  • 25-life Homicide Trial/Child Death, 2013, San Joaquin County, JURY TRIAL/Not Guilty all counts.
  • 25-life Homicide Trial/Child Death, 2013 San Joaquin County, Felony plea offered on first day of trial. Client released.
  • Infant Bone Disease case, San Diego Trial, Dependency 2013, 2014
  • Sex abuse trial, Martinez, CA 2011-2012 (6 witnesses, several motions)
  • W&l 300 (b)(d) (c) trial Alameda County, 11 months, several briefs, 10 witnesses, 2011-2012, Alameda County Shaken Baby matter, 2012
  • Alameda County Superior Court, Complex Medical, Petition Dismissed, 2009 Merced County Superior Court, Petition Dismissed at Jurisdiction 2006 Sex Abuse 300(d) case, The Honorable Judge Dougherty Approximately 7 witnesses called. Contra Costa County Superior Court, Shaken Baby Petition Dismissed at Jurisdiction 2006, Brief Submitted and Argued on Causation, 300(a)
  • Contra Costa County Shaken Baby Case, 2008, shaken baby allegations found not true.
  • Santa Clara Superior Court, Sex Abuse 300(d) Trial to Contest in 2005, 27 witnesses called, Jurisdiction Taken, Matter appealed, Denied on Appeal with 17 Page unpublished opinion.
  • Contested OVER 300 Juvenile Cases since beginning practice in 1993. Handled HUNDREDS OF JUVENILE CASES uncontested.
  • Jury and Court Trials/Criminal Defense: Est. 50+
  • Unpublished Juvenile Decision reversed on Appeal based on my No Reasonable Services argument at trial, 1998.
  • 2013 Reversal in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Broken bone 300(e) case UNPUBLISHED, court ruled reversal to prevent a “substantial injustice”.

Expert Cross Examination Experience and work within the following fields:

  • Medical Doctors, laboratory Experts, Children Therapists, lie Detector Examiners, Child Sex Abuse Experts, Shaken Baby Experts, SART Examination Nurses, Forensic Pathology Experts, Forensic Neuro-Pathology Experts, Infectious Disease Experts, Police Experts, Burn expert cross-examination Forensic Interview Techniques studies and work with experts as well as cross-examination of experts in many of the fields above.

Ms. Johnson has mentored several new lawyers and law students. Ms. Johnson has sat Pro-Tem in Juvenile Court on several occasions. Ms. Johnson is currently writing a book on Dependency in California to help families.

“I hired Carin after I had some issues with CPS. Carin was straight forward and honest. She worked very hard to get the situation resolved. Carin was always available. I never felt lost or helpless. She fought hard for me and my children. And if it wasn’t for her and her team. I would not be spending the Holidays with my children. She will always hold a very special place in my heart. I hope one day we can come together to make the world a better place.”


“Mrs. Johnson is not only a great lawyer but also a great person. She made me feel good and confident since the first time we talked on the phone. Mrs. Johnson took action right away and kept me informed throughout the whole process. She explains everything and breaks down whatever you have a problem understanding. Thanks to Mrs. Johnson and her great dedication to helping me in my case I am now done and over with my case. I greatly appreciate all the help Mrs. Johnson gave me and I know she will help others just as much as she helped me.”


“Wow! At consultation, she found out right away I was charged wrongfully! (300a, instead of 300b). The previous court-appointed attorney & the one I hired didn’t catch that? Nor did they even explain things to me, which is why I consulted with Carin. After accepting me as her client, & seeing how she works in the courtroom, I can say that I feel more at ease & worry free, compared to before. I only wish I’d consulted with her sooner, So if anyone out there is looking for a great lawyer, I highly recommend Carin Johnson & her Firm, without a doubt!”

5 Star Reviews

“I have had the pleasure of working with Carin on a number of cases in the last couple years and have been a colleague of hers for over 20 years. I am very impressed by Carin’s depth of knowledge in Juvenile law and by her profound humanity. It has been my honor to work with her and I highly recommend her.”

Amanda B., Criminal Defense Attorney


“I don’t know if I have ever met a more passionate and competent attorney. Carin never gives less than 100% to all of her clients. She is highly respected in her practice area, by her peers and judges alike. You can’t go wrong hiring her. She’s superwoman.”

Lisa M., Child Custody Attorney


“I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Johnson is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and true credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services.”

Mary Q., Estate Planning Attorney

5 Star Endorsements