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The World of LA's Dopest Attorney 


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Posted by Peter Lattman

Allison Margolin calls herself Los Angeles’s “dopest attorney.” The 28-year-old graduate of Beverly Hills High, Columbia University and Harvard Law School has her own blog and promotional video on YouTube. Today, the Los Angeles Times helps her cause with a colorful profile of the ambitious young criminal defense lawyer. “I plan to make a lot of money,” she tells the LAT.

Margolin aggressively promotes her practice on radio advertisments, movie screens, and newspapers around L.A. “Need warrant recalled?” her ads ask. “Want to smoke pot on probation? All criminal defense, from drugs to murder. Harvard Law, affordable.”

She is the daughter of Bruce Margolin, a high-profile defense lawyer and marijuana activist who once ran for California governor on a platform of decriminalizing marijuana. Her Harvard Law School application essay argued for the legalization of drugs; the title of her law school thesis was “The Right to Get High.”

Margolin wins praise from opposing counsel. Says Santa Monica city attorney Patrick Brooks: “She is young and very smart and very hardworking and very committed. A lot of younger attorneys are afraid to go to court, but she is confident in court and not afraid to go to trial.”

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I think I’m in love.

Comment by Rufus - August 22, 2006 at 2:56 pm


this makes a pretty good arguemnt for preventing attorneys from procreating

Comment by Reader - August 22, 2006 at 3:13 pm

As my ten year old would say “..and we care about this because…?”

Comment by Reader - August 22, 2006 at 3:48 pm

She is not only a good lawyer, she is a good business and marketing person - provide a service you are passionate about (defending pot heads) and highlight your strenghts (great looks, hard worker, Harvard law).

Comment by Denver Lawyer - August 22, 2006 at 4:47 pm

SOrry, I am not impressed. She is no different than any of the TV guys who clog up my TV late at night.

Comment by Brian - August 22, 2006 at 5:47 pm

Its comedy. Her marketing skills are truely heads and shoulders above most lawyers. That only proves how lame you all are. Effective and creative Lawyer marketing is like fish walking on the moon.

Its good that law school beats any last creative insight out of almost all lawyers. Between that and having virtually no business sense to begin with, makes for a great profession to be a part of.

rock on y’all.

Comment by Reader - August 22, 2006 at 6:04 pm

Wow. Not impressive.

Comment by Anonymous - August 22, 2006 at 6:12 pm

I think its great! She is creating ads that will appeal to her target market. Admittedly, the ads may not appeal to the readers of the WSJ law blog.

Comment by 2L - August 22, 2006 at 6:27 pm

What a terrific idea !!

Comment by AJ - August 22, 2006 at 6:48 pm

1) it’s great that she has her dad’s money to finance her own law firm just out of school like this.

2) she is HOT- I can see why she puts out videos; she won’t get a lot of business clients with “um” and “like” as every other word, but that ain’t who she is trying to reach.

3) Having a testimonial from a current client is fine, but I was not too pleased to see the guy start giving details about his case which could very well incriminate him as she stood beside him.

4) in the beginning of the video they keep scrolling down to her hand gestures, which coincidentally are directly in front of her low-cut top. Stay classy, Los Angeles!

Comment by JB - August 22, 2006 at 8:39 pm

It’s slightly difficult to “make a lot of money” if marijuana is legal–is it not? Where then would Ms. Margolin’s efforts reside if her or her dad succeed in legalizing THC/marijuana?

Comment by R.Enochs - August 23, 2006 at 12:54 am

Great, creative ad that I’m sure her father 100% funded. It’s easy to be creative under those circumstances. I know that’s sour grapes, but it’s kind of difficult to laud unabashedly somebody who was born on third and gets credit for having hit a triple.

That said, I’m sure she’s an excellent advocate for her clients, which is what really matters.

Comment by Samantha T - August 23, 2006 at 10:33 am

Normally, I would say sarcastically that her parents must be so proud. But in this case I’m sure they really are! Another indication that a Harvard degree does not convey class, dignity or common sense.

Comment by Reader - August 23, 2006 at 2:41 pm

One word - “CHEAP”

Comment by Jane - August 23, 2006 at 4:00 pm


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