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Daniel Michael Margolis

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    I have been practicing criminal law for more than 15 years as I started as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Cuyahoga County in January of 1997. I began my criminal defense practice in January of 2000.

    24 years, 750 cases

  2. Education
    35%
    Education Law, being so closely aligned with issues of Juvenile Justice, is a natural fit with my interests. I am expanding this area of my practice.

    18 years, 200 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    25%
    I am considered one of the most experienced and effective juvenile defense attorneys in Northeast Ohio. I regularly speak on issues pertaining to Juvenile Justice.

    25 years, 1,000 cases

Daniel M. Margolis was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He obtained a B.A. from Carleton College and then attended the Vermont Law School, where he focused his studies on criminal law and constitutional issues. He obtained his J.D. in 1996 and was honored by being named to the Dean's List. While in law school, Dan was also a member of the local volunteer fire department, where he developed a keen interest in arson investigation. He is now admitted to practice law in all Ohio state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

After graduating from law school, Attorney Margolis became an Assistant Prosecutor for Cuyahoga County. He was immediately assigned to the Appeals Division, generally considered to be the brain trust of the prosecutor's office. Drawing upon his law school experience as a firefighter, Dan was a founding member of the county's first Arson Prosecution Unit. He also prosecuted several high-profile cases in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

In 2000, Dan entered private practice, focusing on criminal defense in all counties and courts in Northern Ohio. He has defended clients — adults and juveniles — in serious cases ranging from DUI to arson and murder. Over the years, Dan has built a reputation as an aggressive attorney who zealously advocates on behalf of his clients.

A respected professional

Attorney Margolis is a member of several prominent organizations, including:

  • NORML — National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Legal Committee
  • NACDL — National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • OACDL — Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Dan is considered an authority on defending sex cases and high-profile cases in juvenile court. He is a frequent speaker on legal issues and has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars for juvenile law classes at local law schools.

 

Location

The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC
1360 W 9th St
Ste 200
Cleveland, OH, 44113

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Posted by Jay | January 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Dan Helped prove my innocence!
What can I say about Dan but he literally saved my life when I was falsely accused of a crime. He was able to help me prove the truth and get the case DISMISSED!! The TRUTH prevailed! I am truly grateful for his ability to uncover the truth. He was strong and did not blink! I absolutely recommend this man for EVERYONE that needs an educated competent attorney. One that WAS a prosecutor and knows that system. This is why I chose Dan because who better to Prove my innocence than a past assistant Cuyahoga county prosecutor? I was right and I bet my life on it!
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Posted by Audrey | January 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A great attorney
I am currently accused of a crime and I am totally in a panicked state. I went on to Avvo website seeking information for my situation and Dan Margolis reached out to me. We had a consultation and I felt that he had a caring attitude and heart. He was non judgmental and gave me recommendations that I feel will most certainly help me. He listened to me and I so appreciate him. Thank you Mr Margolis. A Smith.
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Posted by Joyce | April 21, 2013
Best Lawyer in town
I was in a real bind an with the excellent advice from Daniel M. Margolis I was able to get out of trouble with out any penalty. Best lawyer there is in Cleveland. I'd recommend him to anyone who needed legal help.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2011
Great experience with a fine attorney
Mr. Margolis handled a criminal case for me in 2003. He was extremely professional and helpful. Although the case did not go to trial, it was dismissed before jury selection, he was completely on top of the facts of the case. He was able to secure the dismissal.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2011
Integrity and Competence
I am happy to recommend Daniel Margolis to anyone in need of an excellent criminal defense lawyer. My case was a rather unusual expungement case in which Mr. Margolis was called upon to undo some nasty things. From this experience it is easy for me to conclude that Mr. Margolis was a professional in every respect - and all that implies: integrity, honesty and competence. During the time we worked together it waas obvious he has the respect of his peers but also of the judges he worked with on a daily basis. In my case it was extremely important that the judge held Daniel Margolis in the highest regard. I'm not a lawyer but my guess is he is a lawyer's lawyer - and well worth every dollar I spent
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Firefighter
  • The South Royalton Fire Department (Vermont)
  • 1994 - 1996

Education

  • Vermont Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Carleton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Jay Bloesinger, CR-11-548002-A
  • The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning it could never be filed again.

Associations

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Nepali

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • GAL Project Advanced Training
  • How To Be An Effective Guardian Ad Litem in Delinquency Cases
  • 2012
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Defending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View
  • 2012
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Defending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View
  • 2011
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Defending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View
  • 2010
  • Hy Friedman Memorial Seminar
  • Defending Juveniles In Serious Youthful Offender Cases
  • 2007
  • New Lawyer Training
  • Practicing In Juvenile Court for the New Attorney
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the co-counsel several cases with Dan and I am incredibly impressed with his knowledge, experience, and professionalism. Anytime a client calls with a complex juvenile or school-related matter, Dan is the attorney I refer them to as he has completely earned my trust and confidence."
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Cleveland Criminal defense Lawyer Daniel Michael Margolis
Daniel Michael Margolis
Criminal defense Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 27 years
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