Jason is the Executive Director of the Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC. He became the Executive Director in 2014 when the firm’s founder, Amy Dawson, was elected as a judge in Hennepin County. Jason focuses his practice on family law, special education law, guardianship, criminal defense, and juvenile delinquency. Prior to working at the Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, he was an attorney with the State Public Defenders Office. As a public defender, he represented hundreds of clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency and child protection cases. Prior to law school, he worked with youth with special needs as a Program Director for Courage Center Camps and as a Personal Care Attendant. He received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010. While in law school, he was a Student Attorney with the Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Social Justice studies from Hamline University in 2004. He is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Jason is very active in the Twin Cities legal community. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. Jason is also a volunteer attorney with the Lavender Lawyers program, an organization providing pro bono legal services to GLBT youth.
In his free time Jason is a member of a local CrossFit gym and is an enthusiastic fan of the North Star Roller Girls and Minnesota Roller Girls.
Lauren Johnson is a Staff Attorney with the Autism Advocacy & Law Center. She currently practices in the areas of family law, guardianship, and criminal defense. She graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Lauren clerked for the Hennepin County Public Defenders Office. She was also an intern with the Honorable Judge Susan Miles in Washington County and an apprentice with the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office.