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Orrin Johnson

Orrin Johnson has been practicing criminal law in Northern Nevada for over a decade.

Orrin grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he was active in theater and debate, and worked as a taekwondo instructor.  He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 1998.

After graduation, Orrin served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy from 1998 – 2004.  He served aboard two destroyers – as the Electrical Officer aboard USS Russell (DDG 59) and as the Navigator of USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964) – deploying three times in four years.  During these deployments, Orrin was assigned to lead boarding teams to search and sometimes seize vessels violating sanctions then in place against Iraq.  After his sea tours were completed, Orrin finished his Navy time as the Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Center, Everett, WA.

Upon leaving the service, Orrin attended law school at the University of Washington – Seattle, receiving his JD in 2007.  He then moved to his wife’s home town of Reno, Nevada, where he worked for the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office until 2012.  During that time, he was assigned to be the office’s legislative liaison during the 2009 and 2011 sessions, lobbying on various issues related to indigent criminal defense.  In 2012, Orrin became a Deputy District Attorney, first in Lyon County, and then for Carson City where he worked as a prosecutor for six years.  Based on a survey of other attorneys state wide, Orrin has been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine in its “Legal Elite” edition as one of the state’s top public sector attorneys in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

After eleven years both defending and prosecuting criminal cases in the public sector, Orrin started Orrin Johnson Law, a division of Johnson Law Practice, in Reno, Nevada.  The skills, knowledge, and tricks of the trade only former prosecutors know are now available to help defend you from any criminal allegation.

In addition to his legal practice, Orrin is a weekly columnist for the Nevada Independent, writing about law, politics, and public policy.

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