Attorney Profiles

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. 

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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.


Ryan Alexander, Esq.

Ryan_AlexanderRyan Alexander is a Harvard Law Graduate and member of the Nevada and Wisconsin Bars. As Of Counsel, he represents Margolin and Lawrence’s clients in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Alexander is also a partner of The Firm in Las Vegas.

Mr. Alexander practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal defense and personal injury. He handles many different types of criminal cases, whether they involve misdemeanors, DUI offenses, white collar felonies, sex crimes or other types of crimes. He is fluent in Spanish.

Mr. Alexander has worked with Margolin & Lawrence on both state and federal cases in Nevada.


Jessica Arteaga, Esq.

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Jessica Arteaga received her law degree in 2012 from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA. She started with Margolin & Lawrence as a paralegal in 2008 and is now an associate attorney for the firm.

Jessica received her undergraduate degree with majors in criminal justice and political science from California State University Long Beach in 2007. During her time at California State Long Beach she interned for the Long Beach Superior court Juvenile Delinquency department and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Jessica grew up in Los Angeles, CA and is fluent in Spanish.



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