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.

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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ATTORNEY LAUREN ESTEVEZ ON CNBC TODAY DISCUSSING CANNABIS STOCKS
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ATTORNEY LAUREN ESTEVEZ ON CNBC TODAY DISCUSSING CANNABIS STOCKS

Check out our very own Lauren Estevez on CNBC discussing Canadian Cannabis stocks. Tilray went public this summer and has had a volatile week; Aurora recently announced they may list on the NYSE in October. This segment will cover the recent market activity, risks investors should consider when choosing a cannabis business, & whether we are in a cannabis bubble.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW FOR MY CANNABIS BUSINESS?
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WHAT SHOULD I KNOW FOR MY CANNABIS BUSINESS?

The logistics of running a legal cannabis operation involve many questions that may seem surprising or daunting to both current and aspiring business owners. As a California cannabis law firm, here are a few of the issues that we’ve seen cannabis businesses need answers for. If you’ve found yourself asking any of these questions about your own operation, our lawyers…

GUEST POST: AUSTRALIA’S CONFLICTING POSITIONS ON CANNABIS
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GUEST POST: AUSTRALIA’S CONFLICTING POSITIONS ON CANNABIS

Australia has a state and Federal system of government with many similarities to the way the US operates. The Australian system, just like the US system exposes differences between the views (sometimes expressed as laws) between Federal authorities and bodies acting on the States’ behalves. One such example was evident in Mid-2018. One state – South Australia – SA –…

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