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 cannabis operators navigate California’s robust dual-track regulations over the past eight years. 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.

Higher Education

Check out the first episode in our Higher Education animated series and learn what it takes to get your cannabusiness licensed in California.


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


Tom graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and was associated at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where he focused on intellectual property. Tom joined M&L in 2015 and has successfully completed four criminal trials.

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.

"As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail."

- Albert Einstein
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