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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:

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.



Languages spoken: Nepali

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    16 years, 750 cases
  2. Education: 35%
    10 years, 200 cases
  3. Juvenile: 25%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases



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Margolis & Atzberger LLC.

1360 West 9th St.
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH, 44113


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMargolis & Atzberger, LLC2014 - Present
PrincipalThe Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC.2000 - Present
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyCuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office1997 - 1999
FirefighterThe South Royalton Fire Department (Vermont)1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Legal CommitteeMember2001 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Jay Bloesinger, CR-11-548002-AThe Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning it could never be filed again.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Carleton CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GAL Project Advanced TrainingHow To Be An Effective Guardian Ad Litem in Delinquency Cases2012
Adolescent PsychologyDefending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View2012
Adolescent PsychologyDefending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View2011
Adolescent PsychologyDefending Juvenile Delinquents - A Practitioner's View2010
Hy Friedman Memorial SeminarDefending Juveniles In Serious Youthful Offender Cases2007
New Lawyer TrainingPracticing In Juvenile Court for the New Attorney2003