Margolin and Lawrence

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Your Cannabusiness Legal Team

With offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, Margolin & Lawrence is California’s leading cannabis law firm. Founded by partners Allison Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence in 2009, our firm has helped hundreds of operators navigate the ever-changing landscape of cannabis business and regulatory law. Our attorneys are alumni of the top law schools and law firms in the country, and have the legal acumen and depth of expertise required to advise you on all aspects of the regulatory process to secure your business’s future.

AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

Allison Margolin & Raza Lawrence

Our partners are Harvard Law graduates with over twenty years combined experience representing and advising cannabis businesses and individuals at the local, state, and federal levels. They have been awarded the rank of Super Lawyer and Super Lawyer Rising Star many times, and have consistently proven over the past decade to be the most effective cannabis attorneys in Los Angeles.

Allison Margolin

A founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, Allison Margolin was one of the very first attorneys to specialize in cannabis, and is recognized nationwide as a thought leader in cannabis licensing and law.

Raza Lawrence

A founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, J. Raza Lawrence is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis law. He brings a background in civil liberties protection to a practice that focuses on business licensing and law.

Lauren Estevez

Lauren joins M&L with a background in start ups, business, and strategy. Previously she grew, managed and scaled a tech & life sciences practice at Axiom, and worked at Linklaters. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Tom McMahon

Tom McMahon

Attorney

Tom graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. He joined M&L in 2014 and founded the San Francisco office in 2015. Tom has successfully won felony criminal trials and case dismissals at 1538.5, Preliminary, 995, post-indictment, and post-conviction hearings.

Mia Mitchell

Mia Mitchell

Of Counsel

Mia Mitchell brings expertise in corporate law, employment, and civil litigation to Margolin & Lawrence. Mia advises clients on entity formation, labor/employment, contracts, intellectual property, privacy, litigation, among other matters.

Andrew Koussevitzky

Andrew Koussevitzky is an associate at Margolin & Lawrence and a member of the California, New York, and Florida State Bars. He is graduate of St. Thomas School of Law and earned his B.S. at Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Legal Studies and American History.

Patrick Brooks

Patrick was born and raised in Modesto, California, the son of a criminal defense attorney who used to be a Sheriff Captain and a legal secretary who came to this country from Mexico when she was a child.

M&L In the News

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NEW YORK STATE RELEASES REPORT ON RECREATIONAL CANNABIS
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NEW YORK STATE RELEASES REPORT ON RECREATIONAL CANNABIS

With a recent study, the state of New York signaled receptiveness to the possibility of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Specifically, the report, commissioned by Governor Cuomo, recommends that adults be allowed to legally consume marijuana. While the study has yet to be finalized by the New York State Department of Health, its announcement indicates that New York is planning to…

UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
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UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1810 this past week and it is immediately effective. SB 1810 is incorporated through Penal Code section 1001.36, which creates a discretionary pre-trial diversion procedure for any defendant that suffers from most mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.  PC 1001.36 diversion is available where the mental disorder can be treated, and it played…

DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY LA’S SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM – ALL ARE WELCOME TO APPLY
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DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY LA’S SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM – ALL ARE WELCOME TO APPLY

Through the Social Equity Program, Drug War Victims Will Help Build LA’s Green Economy   Phase Two Opens Soon Phase 2 of LA’s cannabis licensing program opens on August 1, for a period of 30 business days.  (Phase 1, for pre-ICO dispensaries, has already closed.)  During the Phase 2 time window, eligible people who were involved with cultivating, distributing, and/or manufacturing…

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