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Allison Brandi Margolin

Criminal defense Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

4.8   16 reviews

About Allison

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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 Patrick Brooks, Tom mcmahon, Andrew Koussevitzky, and Robert Uriostegui. 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.

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Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 09/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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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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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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Resilient
Allison and Raza managed to turn around a case that others had told me was hopeless. I can’t thank them enough.
Posted by Angelo | December 23, 2016
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Trustworthy hardworking attorney
Allison was able to help me with an outstanding warrant of 2 years of which I had no idea I had against me until I found out through a background check done on me. I spoke to other attorneys before and not only were they more expensive but they said it could take weeks, even months to get this resolved. Allison and her partner were able to do it on the first day they went to the court house for me! I am extremely happy I was able to find such good attorneys who keep their word and work hard for their clients. If you need legal advice or representation, look no further.
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Posted by Ken C | December 16, 2016
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Only the best
It's difficult to have a loved one locked up. It disrupts everyones lives around them. I've recently had a loved one arrested and let me tell you, it's a scary process. Everyone wants your money first! After speaking to several attorneys I was able to get ahold of Ms. Margolin. She was the confidence I needed. She not only made me and my loved ones situation feel human, she truly cares. There is no stronger, advocate than Ms. Margolin and her team! If you find yourself or a family member in trouble, don't screw around! Call Margolin's office as soon as possible.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2016
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FairyGod Parents of Criminal Defense
If there is one thing Allison Margolin can do, its pulling miracles to get her clients the best possible outcome. I came to her with a really bad felony situation & facing serious time. Allison along with her partner Raza constantly kept me updated, worked tirelessly on my case, and GOT IT DISMISSED! They are the FairyGod parents of Criminal Defense! If there is one thing Margolin & Lawrence can do, its GETTING THE JOB DONE.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016
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Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed With Prejudice
Hiring Allison as our son's attorney was the best thing that we could have done for him. Our son’s ex-girlfriend also the mother of his son accused our son of domestic violence. She had been trying everything she could to have his custody of their son taken away. Through Allison's meticulous research and exceptional attorney skills Allison was able to get the case dismissed with prejudice. Allison is well educated, smart, professional, knowledgeable of the law, quick on her feet and well spoken. She took a lot of time to understand our case and the history behind it. She always answered our phone calls and took the time needed to answer our questions. Allison really does her homework. Watching her in court was a thing of beauty.
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Posted by Rafael | January 28, 2016
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Amazing Experience
I had the best experience with Allison at Margolin & Lawrence. Allison and her team where able to reduce my DUI charge to an exhibition of speed. Any one who's been through a DUI, knows that's really as good as it gets. Thank you Allison.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2016
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Margolin & Lawrence are great!
Alison Margolin from Margolin & Lawrence was great to work with. She is highly educated, has a solid understanding of the law and are aggressive to help you get the best outcome possible. Finding an attorney is really stressful because you are trusting them with your life. She is worth every penny that you pay. Alison and her team are very committed to their clients, responsive, and will help you through the process and take care of everything so that you can focus on moving on with your life. For my case, she worked hard to find every opportunity for dismissal, to minimize penalty and to help me get it expunged. The entire process took two and a half years and she was with me each step of the way. I can’t say enough good things about Alison, you absolutely are making a good choice if you choose her firm.
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Posted by Jeremy | October 14, 2015
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Medical Marijuana case
I would first like to thank Allison and Raza, and the rest of the team at Margolin & Lawrence, their dedication to there clients and knowledge of the law are second to none. I was charged with cultivation of marijuana, and possession for sale, but I operate a legal collective under current California state law so I believed I was truly innocent, and so did Allison and Raza. I originally hired a lawyer who is well known in the industry, but later found out he is not a good trial lawyer, so I hired Allison and Raza to consult on my case and take over if needed, which I am so glad I made that decision. The original attorneys team did a very good job of writing the preliminary hearing brief, but they just don't get good deals because they almost never go to trial, so I told Allison I wanted her to handle the preliminary hearing. During the preliminary hearing all of my collective members showed up to testify on my behalf, so the D.A. was reluctant to want to continue and offered my first attorney a deal, which was a postponement of sentence, I would have to plea to a misdemeanor and a felony, and if I didn't get into any trouble over the next year, they would drop the felony and only accept the misdemeanor. I still didn't think that was a good deal, so I refused. Then in comes Allison Margolin, like the superhero she is, and said I will get you a better deal, and asked what I wanted. I told her I want to be allowed to operate my current collective and I would only take a misdemeanor. So she went head to head with the D.A. and the cop, and got them to give me everything I wanted. They dropped count 1 cultivation, and dropped count 2 possession for sale, and added a 3rd count for possession of a controlled substance which is a misdemeanor. No jail, no community service, no drug classes and I was allowed to operate my current collective of 8 members, and grow 50 marijuana plants, which is the exact same amount I had before I was arrested. So I accepted and I am so thankful that I can now get on with my life, and continue to grow quality organic medicine for my collective, which is now approved by a judge. Thank you Allison, you are the best....
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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Misdeamanor charge DISMISSED!
Allison & Raza are one of few of the best defense lawyers out there! You can not go wrong with her! I interviewed several lawyers out there before I settled out on Allison, and boy I am so glad I did. This was the first charge which I have ever faced in my entire life, and was an extremely hard situation for me to get through. Allison was always available to answer any of my questions, which I can't emphasize enough how critical it is to understand the situation you are in, options you have, and understand your defense strategy. Allison and Raza worked really hard, and found creative ways to get my case dismissed, and in the end they pushed really hard to get the best outcome for my case, getting DISMISSED with community service!
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
Life Saver!!!!
I was looking at a strike and 14 years in prison and Allison Margolin worked hard I my case and got me only a few months in jail and probation. She honestly saved my life due to her hard work and dedication. I couldn't of made a better decision and I hired her after firing a lawyer because he couldn't get a better offer then five years.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2015
Excellent defense attorney
Excellent lawyer I couldnt have asked for a better lawyer. Everything I asked she had answer for her staff is on point. I would have one my case regardless of the fact that the cops didn't have shown up because they knew they were in the wrong but we were ready to go trial and have everything dropped. Excellent cannibus defense excellent!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Christopher I | June 24, 2014
Chris I. Allison = THE BOMB.COM
Working as a delivery driver dealing with marijuana can be quite the task taking risks for these clinics. I got pulled over during a delivery in my area. Already on bail for my gun charge. The Cops took that as I'm a major criminal and I got arrested. After 5 days in jail i was out on bond at a high rate of $100,000. After all said and done. I hired Allison, Thankfully My best friend was her friend and I got a sweet deal! After about 4 months of court. My Offer from serving almost life Dropped out of thin air.... HMMM... ;) I No longer had a probation Violation, No longer was facing Life with my current 2 strikes. I got off with a misdemeanor and $2000.00 dollar fee and I could walk. Paid Everything right there. and I was home in time for dinner and a movie. Thank Allison, Thank God. This woman deserves the best because she is the best., And her team! Plain unstoppable in the court room. Let them have it Allison because you rock!
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2013
Felony Drug Charge Client
Hiring this attorney will be the best thing you will ever do, at least it was for me. I was facing serious Drug Felonies (4). Every single attorney I spoke to regarding my case told me I would have to SERVE TIME, except Allison. Allison and her firm were able to get ALL my charges COMPLETELY DISMISSED before the preliminary hearing through a very Complicated and Creative Entrapment Defense. Allison's creative angling of my facts came from our lengthy conversations and interviews... I mean the facts were the truth but it was her perspective that created the defense from the facts! The Entrapment Defense was impeccably argued in a pre-trial hearing that ended with a Dream Come True Result. These attorneys are smart and very well respected. What they did for me was nothing short of genius. Allison simply does things to perfection. My life now is so far from where it was 3 years ago tomorrow...I owe my new life and freedom to Allison Margolin.
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Posted by Dean | October 7, 2013
2 Felonies: Possession with intent to sell and Transport. Both charges DISMISSED!!!
I was referred to Allisons firm by a friend/mentor in the Hydroponic industry. I was charged with 2 Felonies: Possession with intent to sell and Transport, both being for Medical Marijuana. I was represented by both Allison Margolin and her partner Raza Lawrence. I had used two different attorneys previously and was not happy with either of them (the first was a friend-of-a-friend for all of the super basic continuances early on then I switched to an older "reputable" gentleman who is not worth mentioning (suffice it to say he is well known in the industry but sadly not what he once was). I hired Allisons firm after the second attorney failed (along with his "expert witness" Bill Brit) during my preliminary hearing. The first thing Allison and Lawrence attempted was a pitchess motion which while earnestly fought was not won. Then they filed a 995 motion which also was unsuccessful. The motion that ended up winning the case was the motion to suppress evidence. Not only were both charges DISMISSED but I have now filed a civil suit against the police department as a result of Allison and Lawrence getting the cop to admit to a violation of my 4th amendment rights on the stand!!!!! It was a brilliant thing to watch. Now I am still 100% criminal record free and currently the Regional Manager of Southern Californias largest Hydroponic company. I owe a great deal of where I am right now as well as my sanity to Allison and her team. A big thanks to them.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2013
Miracle Worker
Hiring Allison Margolin was one of the best decisions I've ever made. When I first met Allison she took the time to ask a lot of questions and understand the facts. Over the next several months, I met with Allison several times to talk about the case. When I called her office the staff always relayed my messages and answered my questions professionally. Lawyers David, Leo, and her partner Raza actively participated in my case. During the court proceedings Allison made purposeful actions to give my case the best chance for a dismissal. Because of Allison's willingness to keep finding out more about my case, she was able to to show weaknesses in the prosecution and got a miraculous settlement that drastically altered the course of my future. In the DMV hearing for refusal to submit a chemical test on a second offense DUI, she was able to get the charge completely dismissed. I recommend hiring Allison to anyone who wants to have a true partner in their defense.
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Posted by Paul | November 6, 2020
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Lack of Experience
I hired Allison to help me with a case that happened a long time ago. Lawyers are supposed to know the law better than the average person, but Allison failed to help me at the end of the day. She tried charging me more money, yet I didn’t get anything resolved. I don’t recommend this lawyer whatsoever....
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 900-1000 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Margolin & Lawrence
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Office Of Bruce Margolin (Margolin Law Office)
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of West Los Angeles School Of Law
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Allison B. Margolin
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro
  • 2000 - 2000
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Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Columbia College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • People v. Byron
  • See above

Associations

  • Advocates for Healing America
  • Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Filipino

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • LA Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • LA Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • LA Magazine
  • 2010
  • Arthur Rose Teaching Fellowship
  • Arthur Rose
  • 1998
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association MCLE Extravaganza
  • Elimination of Bias
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (10)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and effective for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know her for years. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Best Marijuana Attorney in town"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is smart, experienced, hard-working, cares about her clients, and extremely kind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison Margolin is one of those lawyers that you do not forget after meeting. As a prosecutor, I knew that she would be bringing her perspective, and everything the law has to back it up, with her on each case (especially the ones involving marijuana). And she is very successful doing that. Very. This is either appreciated or resented - as is the case with someone who stands for something. On the defense side, I appreciate Allison for the advocate that she is and the mind she has. Her clients are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is the most successful trial lawyer I know. She has more victories in the courtroom than other lawyers with 20 or 30 years of experience."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is an awesome attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an amazing lawyer. I have seen her fight very hard for her clients. Very well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is an esteemed colleague in the criminal defense community who has been recognized for her advocacy for her clients. A fellow graduate of Harvard Law School, she is frequently cited by the national media for drug crime and legalization issues. Allison is brilliant and will fight hard for all of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Beverly Hills Criminal defense Lawyer Allison Brandi Margolin
Allison Brandi Margolin
Criminal defense Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA
Licensed for 20 years