Diana L. JohnsonBoard Certified Expert in Criminal Appellate Law
Diana L. Johnson is a Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in Criminal Appellate Law. She is an experienced and accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorney dedicated to representing individuals charged, investigated, or convicted in state court. She has a passion for assisting those subjected to the intricacies of the criminal justice system and helping them achieve positive results in their cases. In her career, Ms. Johnson has tried over 35 criminal cases and handled over 90 appeals.
In 2020, Ms. Johnson was recognized as both a Super Lawyer and Florida Trend Legal Elite in Criminal Law. Ms. Johnson was also recognized as a Rising Star – Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney – by Super Lawyer Magazine from 2016-2019 and was named an “Up & Cummer” in Criminal Law – by Florida Trend Magazine in 2017.
After graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Honor Board, Ms. Johnson served as a trial court law clerk in Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit. In her role as a judicial law clerk, Ms. Johnson had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest circuit and county court judges in the State of Florida. Armed with this behind-the-scenes trial court experience, Ms. Johnson developed and honed her trial litigation skills as a Staff Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program working primarily with children aging out of foster care. Subsequently, Ms. Johnson served on the front lines of criminal defense as a public defender in the Jacksonville Public Defender’s Office. In this role, Ms. Johnson handled over fifteen hundred criminal cases at the juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony levels and had the opportunity to file and argue many motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, and conduct both jury and bench trials.
Ms. Johnson continued to develop and expand her knowledge in the area of criminal law by joining the appellate division of the Tallahassee Public Defender’s Office. As an appellate public defender, she represented indigent criminal defendants in post-verdict and post-plea matters and successfully convinced appellate courts, including the First District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court, to reverse her clients’ convictions based upon Florida law.
In opening the law firm of Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., Ms. Johnson has combined her passion for both litigation and appellate advocacy and is one of the few attorneys with years of experience at both the trial and appellate court levels. She currently serves as a member of The First District Appellate American Inn of Court, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Northeast Chapter of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The Jacksonville Bar Association and served on the Florida Bar Association’s Juvenile Court Rules Committee from 2012-2018.
Ms. Johnson grew up in the Panhandle of Florida and is a graduate of Niceville Senior High School, Illinois State University, and Florida Coastal School of Law. She enjoys spending time outdoors and teaching when not defending and protecting the rights of her clients.