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Peter Johnson, Esq.

  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Notable Work
  • Practice Areas
  • Speaking Engagements

Peter has 25 years of trial experience, has negotiated thousands of cases and has defended clients in a wide variety of jury trials. While many lawyers avoid the inside of a courtroom, as a litigator, that’s where Peter Johnson feels most comfortable. Let him put his considerable trial experience to work for you. Peter Johnson graduated from St. Mary’s College and then became a graduate of Golden Gate University, School of Law, in 1992. He began practicing in Pittsburg, California in 1993 and formed a partnership with his wife Carin Johnson in 1998. The partnership later moved to Walnut Creek, California where they currently practice. He focuses his work in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI Defense and Civil Rights. He has excelled as a trial attorney winning trials in State and Federal Courts throughout the State of California. In 2011, he represented a family who had been the victims of an unlawful child removal scheme by the San Jose Police Department and the County of Santa Clara Social services. A federal jury in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California took only 45 minutes to find liability and awarded the family a record $3.25 million in damages for the abusive conduct of law enforcement.

Mr. Johnson has been called a “real lawyer” following a trial before a renowned United States District Court Judge from the Northern District of California and is said to have “shook the foundation” of a local police department by a Magistrate Judge following a trial before him in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Johnson previously served for three years as the President of the Criminal Law Section as well as a member of the Labor Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. He has an excellent win rate in Drunk Driving cases. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense and currently serves as a board member for the California DUI Lawyer’s Association and has attended prestigious conferences throughout the country dealing with issues related to DUI defense, Criminal Defense and Civil Rights.


  • President’s Award for Science – California DUI Lawyers Association (2013)
  • Juvenile Justice Award – Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall (2008)

Work Experience

  • General Partner – The Law Office of Johnson & Johnson (1993 – Present)
  • Juris Doctorate Golden Gate University School of Law - Graduate School San Francisco, CA 1993
  • Bachelors St. Mary's College - University Moraga, CA 1987
  • California DUI Lawyers Association – Board Member (2017 – Present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Member (2005 – Present)
  • National College of DUI Defense – Member (2005 – Present)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association – Member (2005 – Present)
  • California Bar Association Criminal Section – Member (1993 – Present)
  • Contra Costa Bar Association Criminal Section – Chairman of Section (2009 – 2012)
  • California Drunk Driving Defense (Taylor & Johnson) (2016 - Present)
Speaking Engagements
  • California DUI Lawyers Association – Southern California Nuts and Bolts Seminar – Cross Examination of Blood Analyst (2013)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association – Southern California Conference – Uncertainty in Chemical Testing for Alcohol (2013)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association- NorCal meeting – Uncertainty In Chemical Testing for Alcohol (2012)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association – Fresno Seminar – Blood Analysis for Alcohol (2012)
  • From the Cradle to the Grave – Effect of Undue Influence on the Credibility of the Court System (2010)
  • DUI Fundamentals – DUI Defense (2010)
  • Criminalistics Lab Tour – Video Tour of County Criminal Lab (2009)
  • Confrontation Rights and Partition Ratio Legal Update – DUI Defense Case Update (2009)
  • Judicial Evaluation for Contra Costa County – Judicial Evaluation (2008)
  • Jeopardy in the Courtroom – Evidence Review (2008)
  • Contra Costa DUI Defense – What Works What Don’t – DUI Defense (2008)
  • Contra Costa Criminalistics Lab Discovery – Criminal Defense Discovery (2008)
  • Confrontation in the Courts – Sixth Amendment Confrontation Rights (2008)
  • Making Probation Work for You – Effectively Using the Probation Department to the Benefit of Client (2007)
  • Judicial Courtroom Policy – Judicial Courtroom Policy (2007)
  • Breath Testing Procedures and GERD – DUI Breath Tests (2007)
  • Lawyer’s Role in the Community – Legal Profession (2006)
  • DUI Defense for the Community – DUI (2003)

Real Clients, Real Results

Read About How We've Helped Former Clients
  • “Trust his process and his strategy, and you’ll be in good hands.”

    - Former Client
  • “He’s extremely knowledgeable, and clearly is very experienced. I can’t imagine going through this ordeal with someone lacking these skills.”

    - Former Client
  • “He is extremely talented and works hard to achieve the results you are looking for. Best investment I made and I highly recommend him.”

    - Former Client

Committed to Excellence

Awards & Affiliations
  • Super Lawyers
  • Contra Costa County Bar
  • National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
  • Avvo 10.0 Peter
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • State Bar of CA
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • NCDD

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The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson handles cases throughout California including Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, and San Francisco Counties.

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