Peter Johnson,J.D.,MBA


Peter Johnson, J.D. M.B.A., is a federal criminal trial attorney, teacher, and advocate. He is a Lecturer in Law at the University of California (UCLA) School of Law and the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law.

Prior to opening his own law firm in Southern California, he served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, California. He also worked as a litigation associate in a mid-sized law firm in Washington, D.C.


Peter graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, Order of Barristers, where he was a member of the National Trial Team and the Jessup International Moot Court Team. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, where he lived and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in principles of finance, international corporate finance, business economics, operations management, and European business law. 


After law school, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, United States District Judge.


With more than twenty years of experience in public service and private practice, Peter has litigated hundreds of federal criminal cases, including jury trials, bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and appeals. 

Peter Johnson speaks at Reignite Hope, a job training program in Los Angeles. sentence. 

Peter and the community 

Peter Johnson speaks at Reignite Hope,
a job training program in Los Angeles.