Meet the attorneys of Margolin and Lawrence. We are a law firm built around the idea of collaboration. When you hire this firm, not only do you hire Allison B. Margolin or J. Raza Lawrence – you hire the entire team. All of the attorneys at our office are knowledgeable and will be able to help you in all of your legal issues.

Allison B. Margolin, Esq. 

Allison Margolin is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at West Los Angeles Law School. She was on the April 2010 cover of California Lawyer magazine and gave an interview.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her B.A. at Columbia University with a degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Writing.

She was profiled on the front page of both the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2006 and was recently featured in Hustler Magazine for her work in medical marijuana law.

She has been quoted in magazines ranging from the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Times West, LA Weekly, New Yorker, and US Weekly. In addition to Allison’s legal practice, she maintains a written blog, produces videos about well-known legal cases, and has written for the Los Angeles Daily News on such issues as Paris Hilton’s DUI debacle.

Allison has also garnered much praise on the internet and radio, and has received accolades for her unique marketing. In 2004, Allison worked as a legal consultant on the reality jury show “Second Verdict”. She has been featured on the Anderson Cooper Blog, Cal Lawyer, Wall Street Journal blog (twice), and the Jewish Journal. 

J. Raza Lawrence, Esq.

Raza graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. From November 2004 to July 2009, Raza worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he practiced general litigation, with extensive experience representing individuals, corporations and law firms in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice, employment discrimination, wage-and-hour infractions, products liability, securities fraud, stock options backdating, and First Amendment violations.

Mr. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree with majors in philosophy and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Steven Schwarzschild Prize in Philosophy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Lawrence completed a clerkship with the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Lawrence has a longstanding interest in protecting civil liberties and individual rights, and has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cato Institute, and the Center for Individual Rights. Mr. Lawrence grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.


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