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I am a partner at Margolin & Lawrence (Est. 2010), Attorneys at Law, a firm dedicated to criminal defense and civil litigation, including employment and trademark. We handle criminal cases ranging from drugs to violent to white collar crime. My patner is J. Raza Lawrence, who went to Harvard Law School with me. We are also flanked by associates David F. Poblete and Leo Manalo. I have been practicing criminal law in state and federal court for the last ten years and have done civil litigation since associating with my now parnter Raza, who had over five years experience at Munger, Tolles, and Olson when he joined my first law practice on my own, the Law Office of Allison B. Margolin, Est. 2004. 


Our team is committed to handling each case with the care of the proverbial "federal case," and our willingness to go to trial where appropriate, and history of success in trial, enures to the benefit of not only those clients but helps us obtain the best dispositions and settlements around because the other side knows we are not afraid to "pull the trigger" (try a case) where the facts and/or defenses call for it.


We get those results also through our willigness to seek interlocutory writs in the courts of appeal even during cases, where that is the best recourse. During 2012 alone, we successfully forced courts from Los Angeles County to Yuba County to give medical marijuana defenses to sales charges, by obtaining relief from the courts of appeals in those respective counties before trial.


We are focused on maintaining our client's liberty in criminal cases, keeping their records as clean as possible and in civil cases, helping our clients really achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in whatever we can through the legal system.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Filipino

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 51%
    13 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years, 300 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 12%
    13 years
  4. Violent Crime: 10%
    13 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 2%
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Contact info

Margolin, Allison B. Attorney

8484 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 440
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211

Margolin, Allison B. Attorney

99 South Almaden Blvd.
Suite 600
San Jose, CA, 95113

Margolin, Allison B. Attorney

819 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA, 94109



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarLA Magazine2012
Rising StarLA Magazaine2011
Rising StarLA Magazine2010
Arthur Rose Teaching FellowshipArthur Rose1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMargolin & Lawrence2011 - Present
PartnerLaw Office Of Bruce Margolin (Margolin Law Office)2010 - 2011
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of West Los Angeles School Of Law2008 - 2008
OwnerLaw Office of Allison B. Margolin2004 - 2010
Summer AssociateJeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Advocates for Healing AmericaDirector2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. ByronSee above
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hustler MagazineLiberate the Green Rush2013
Hustler MagazineKnow Your Rights2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalMandatory Deportation Not Triggered by Social Pot Use2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalDog Sniff Ruling Not So Bad After All2013
LA Times Blowback OnlineMarijuana Dispensaries: Hands off, City Hall2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Columbia CollegePolitical Science, Creative Writing ProgramBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Beverly Hills Bar Association MCLE ExtravaganzaElimination of Bias2013
American Bar Association Annual ConferenceEthics in Marijuana Representation2013
Current Issues in Marijuana RegulationMedical Marijuana Regulation2012
DebateProp. 192010
DebateProposition 192010