founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, J. Raza Lawrence is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis business licensing and law. With over fifteen years of experience in the field, Raza is known for his depth of knowledge and track record of exceptional results for his clients. Raza is routinely recognized as one of the leading cannabis attorneys in California. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star five years running, and is often called upon to speak and consult on the complexities of cannabis business licensing and law.
Raza began as an associate at 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. Raza’s work at Munger, Tolles & Olson was a natural extension of his earlier work in the defense of civil liberties and offered an opportunity to apply his passion in the courtroom.
Raza offers a unique combination of skills and experience that sets him apart in the world of cannabis business law. Raza is a highly talented litigator, with experience in business litigation at one of the top international law firms, nearly ten years of criminal defense litigation for medical cannabis operators, and is now combining the two, working on some of the most cutting edge cannabis litigation in California. Raza’s practice is primarily comprised of high profile criminal cases, trademark litigation, and novel disputes arising amongst cannabis operators in the new, legally recognized cannabis business. Raza has earned many significant wins during his time at Margolin & Lawrence.
Raza’s work in cannabis law is based on a longstanding interest in protecting civil liberties and individual rights. He has worked at a multitude of civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, The Cato Institute, and The Center for Individual Rights. Raza completed a clerkship with the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit following his graduation from Harvard Law School, where he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.