Meet the attorneys of Margolin and Lawrence. We are a law firm built around the idea of collaboration. When you hire this firm, you not only hire Allison B. Margolin or J. Raza Lawrence – you hire the entire team. All of the attorneys at our office are knowledgeable and will be able to help you in all of your legal issues.
Allison B. Margolin, Esq.
Allison Margolin is a partner at Margolin & Lawrence in Beverly Hills, where she practices criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal court. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her B.A. at Columbia University with a degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Writing. She has been admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court, and pro hac vice to federal courts in Florida and Nevada.
She writes regularly about the law, including the drug war and search and seizure law, and has appeared as an expert on television regarding Internet privacy law and medical marijuana. She has written articles for The Los Angeles Times online, Hustler magazine, the Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Bar Journal, Anderson Cooper 360, and the Daily News. In 2008, she also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law at West Los Angeles Law School. In 2004, Allison worked as a legal consultant on the reality jury show “Second Verdict.”
She has been featured on the cover of California Lawyer Magazine, the front page of the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. During her spare time, she lectures on current legal issues across California. She has spoken before the Beverly Hills Bar Association, CEB: Continuing Education of the Bar, the Torrance Public Defenders’ Office, and the San Fernando Public Defenders’ Office amongst others. She has been quoted in magazines ranging from the Los Angeles Daily News to the New Yorker to US Weekly.
J. Raza Lawrence, Esq.
Raza graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. From November 2004 to July 2009, Raza worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he practiced general litigation, with extensive experience 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.
Mr. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree with majors in philosophy and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Steven Schwarzschild Prize in Philosophy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Lawrence completed a clerkship with the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Mr. Lawrence has a longstanding interest in protecting civil liberties and individual rights, and has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cato Institute, and the Center for Individual Rights. Mr. Lawrence grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.
David Poblete, Esq.
David F. Poblete is a practicing trial attorney in Los Angeles, defending criminal cases throughout the state of California. He has worked for the Beverly Hills law firm Margolin & Lawrence for over two years, first as a law clerk and now as an associate. He graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2011. He is a San Diego native, born and raised, graduating from Scripps Ranch High School in 1999. As a 17 year-old, David began college at San Diego State University, during the “formative years,” of his young adult life. He left San Diego in 2004 to attend California State University, Fullerton. There he earned double-majors, in Criminal Justice and Political Science. David has always had a passion for helping those in need, especially individuals that society has labeled “criminals,” and at-risk youths from the inner city.
In 2008, while attending Whittier Law School in Orange County, he was a member of the Children’s Rights Clinic (CCR). CCR is a fellowship program centered around servicing the legal needs of juveniles. David also worked for Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers for two summers as a law clerk, helping parents retain their parental rights and custody of their children.
After the first-year of law school, he transferred to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, which was his first choice when he initially applied to law schools in 2007 because of Loyola’s Center for Juvenile Law & Policy (CJLP) and the Juvenile Justice Clinic (JJC). The Juvenile Justice Clinic (JJC), is one of only a small handful of live client clinics nationwide where law students have the opportunity to represent children in the delinquency court, from start to finish. David worked for the JJC during his last year of law school. He also worked for The Margolin Law Office as a motion writer/law clerk during his last year of law school.
Joey Seiler, Esq.
Prior to joining Margolin and Lawrence, Joey was a practicing attorney in San Francisco. There he worked with startups improving everything from the college application process to chocolate bars. He advised CEOs on everything from privacy policies to partnerships.
At Harvard he was a research assistant with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, editor for the Journal of Law and Technology, and student attorney representing clients in transactional deals and in writing before the Supreme Court. Joey interned with Google’s litigation department and the documentary and advocacy group, Brave New Films.
Before law school Joey was a business and technology reporter in Austin, Texas.