- Investigations + White-Collar Criminal Defense
- State Crimes
- Federal Crimes
Margolin & Lawrence got its start as one of the state’s leading criminal defense firms, with a reputation for getting cases dismissed and securing near impossible wins for their clients. Our successful work in criminal defense includes everything from DUIs to murder and manslaughter. No matter if your case is at the state or federal level, our lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf and ensure you get a fair trial. They have ample experience navigating the complex and often conflicting state and federal laws.
Serious Criminal Defense Experience
Margolin & Lawrence is one of California’s leading criminal defense firms, with a reputation for getting cases dismissed and securing seemingly-impossible wins for its clients. Our successful work in criminal defense includes everything from DUIs to murder and manslaughter. Whether your case is at the state or federal level, our lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf and ensure your constitutional rights are protected and that you get the best possible results. Margolin & Lawrence has ample experience navigating the complex and often conflicting state and federal laws. While we often get criminal charges completely dismissed before trial, we have conducted many jury trials, with numerous not guilty verdicts.
Our firm has represented clients in criminal defense cases all over the state of California, throughout the state’s 58 counties at the Superior Court, Court of Appeal, and California Supreme Court, and in federal courts throughout the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Allison Margolin and Raza Lawrence have demonstrated a passion for drug legalization and criminal justice reform throughout (and even before) their careers. Allison began her drug law reform efforts at age 12 when she discovered the insanity of the drug war while writing her sixth grade DARE essay on the Columbian conflict. During her time as a Harvard Law School student, she published her thesis On the Right to Get High where she argued for the decriminalization of all drugs.
Before Raza started working with Allison in 2009, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as an executive editor at the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He previously worked at the Cato Institute, the ACLU, and the Center for Individual Rights, focusing on civil liberties and civil rights and fighting on behalf of individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. He also served as a law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and spent several years working at a prominent litigation firm in Los Angeles, 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.
Together, Allison and Raza founded their 501c4-registered lobbying firm, Advocates for Healing America, in order to advocate for drug policy reform and provide support to political candidates with a like-minded agenda. Allison and Raza also have substantial experience advising and working together with labor unions on issues relating to criminal law, including working closely with the Teamsters on local, state, and federal issues involving the commercial cannabis industry. Allison and Raza have also conducted lectures and continuing legal education for attorneys throughout California on numerous criminal law issues.
Our firm believes every individual deserves the best representation money can buy. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a major impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. Hence, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective criminal law attorneys available. We have a thorough and robust understanding of criminal law that comes from having years of experience, a hands-on approach to client service, and nationally recognized legal education and training.
Margolin & Lawrence remains committed to our founding values and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Call us today to discuss innovative ways in which we can best represent your needs.
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