The original LA's Dopest Attorney Youtube

"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.." Wall Street Journal

"LA's Dopest lawyer, again: Allison Margolin, the 28-year-old Harvard Law grad whose ads offering to represent pot smokers are a staple of the local alt weeklies..." LA Observed

"A lawyer for 3 1/2 years, Margolin has gained notoriety for unorthodox ads that proclaim her "L.A.'s dopest attorney." She even has a video publicizing her practice on the Internet site Youtube." LA Times

"Beverly Hills lawyer Allison Margolin made a three-and-a-half-minute video for YouTube about her practice and her position on issues such as marijuana laws, getting her noticed by commentators all over the Internet." ABA Journal

"L.A. dopest attorney," should send producers scrambling to option the rights to the Harvard Law by way of Beverly Hills High grad's Legally Blonde meets Half Baked life story.

"One very ingenious young lawyer out of California did just that to give herself a competitive edge. Allison Margolin, a newly minted Harvard Law School graduate, who concentrates in criminal law, is very passionate about the decriminalization of marijuana. Her video highlights not just her criminal practice, but has testimonials of her and a client on the courthouse steps. The video allows her to showcase her mission through a medium her client base would most likely use." Connecticut Law Review

"Framed Skunk Magazine features and Us Weekly covers adorn her office walls alongside diplomas from Columbia and Harvard Law. She's been profiled in the Los Angeles Times and keeps a personal blog that covers everything from social and legal commentary to musings on Paris Hilton and Playboy. You can even watch YouTube videos of her expounding on why all drugs should be legalized." Helen

"Allison Margolin, if you read articles written on her, projects nothing less than who she is, irreverent quirky, passionate and committed, well-educated, gutsy, and weaned on criminal law. And her 'brand' shows all of that." Build A Solo Practice, LLC

I've really enjoyed reading about what you've done with yourself from college, right up to now. I also think your networking/marketing prowess is what pisses off your detractors most. YouTube? A stroke of genius!!! They'll make a movie about you eventually! But you already know that right?" Cannazine - Myspace friend

"Been watching you on you tube AMAZZZZZZIIINNNGGG
The best LAWYER - this world needs such people like you to bring justice back RESPECT be blessed and wish you lots of positive energy. STAY STRONG ALLISON." Ash -

LA's Dopest Attorney NEW Youtubes

August 17, 2006


LA Times profiles my life, and documents a day I won a decision involving one hundered-fifty marijuana plants, and also got an order granting the return of the plants.


Anonymous said...

You are so fun to watch when you're in the court room. You totally turn me on with how into it you get. I mean, you must get off fighting for your clients in front of the judge the way you do. It makes me almost want to go out and commit a crime so I can have you back me up in court like that. If I did commit a crime, I can picture you now: fighting for me, you're behind me, you pause for a second before you bend over and reach down and go as far down as you can, swallowing your pride as you search for the big hook in our case. Yes Allison Wonderland, you get deeper than anyone I've ever known. Keep on doing!

GraemeAnfinson said...

I read that article. nice work

Anonymous said...

Great article, and you sound like a great person, Allison. I'll be sure to call you up when the popo come knocking at my door.

Anonymous said...

I read the article online! This is the first I heard of you. I knew of your father Bruce, mainly from his "Guide". I never would have thunk that he had such a beautiful daughter. I have a link I want to share with you.

Keep up the good work! And fighting the good fight!


Roonie said...

I just read the article. Fantastic, I say! Way to bring some excitement and variety to this boring ass profession!

Anonymous said...

Great article! And it looks like I know who my next attorney will be. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I just read the article. You are definately an original. I am going to enjoy reading your posts. You are doing a great service to "WomanKind":)

Anonymous said...

Great news! Great achievement!!


Peter and Carter

Jim J. From Porter Ranch said...

Allison, I read the article on LA Times' website. I am impressed. Not too often is there an attorney that truly believes in their beliefs and not for the almighty dollar. And 28 years old to boot! I'm from Porter Ranch, and I've seen quite a few "phonies" here in California, but you really are someone I could actually call if I ever get into legal trouble. (Not likely..ha!) I hope to meet you someday and I won't be in handcuffs either. LOL

Bruce Godfrey said...

Caught an excerpt of the LA Times article re you and your practice. I share your view of the drug war, what an incredible waste re: marijuana prosecutions. But for me, that's old hat.

What's remarkable is your style. As a 12-year practitioner in MD, mine is on the extreme opposite end (uptight, conservative tone, though not content.) Maryland attorneys are very conservative in style, more constipated Boston than LA. But you seem to be making it work as the dopest attorney in the United States.

Best wishes for continued success.

Bruce Godfrey
Crablaw Maryland Weekly

Prana said...

Congrats on the LA Times coverage. They called you "star-struck", but I guess I'm drawn to different stars. You're a new star on my star map. I will definitely be following your progress. I used to be a journalist and I covered DEA raid on medical marijuana clubs in 2000-01. Best of luck, and my thoughts are with you in the good fight.

Anonymous said...

I like your approach and style. Keep those young ideals throughout your law career and you will make a big and positive difference in this world.

Anonymous said...

Wow and to think I once had the pleasure of fighting with Darren over your attention in our 3rd grade class at Horace Mann. You seem to have made great strides since those days Allison. I read the article in the La times this week and was so pleasantly surprised to have read about someone I grew up with. Your commercial on YOUTUBE is ingenious! Anyway good luck in your career and I wish you all the best!

Tim Tyler said...

Ms. Margolin,

Really enjoyed your blog and your point of view. Thanks for the BF link, and your comment. Franklin was many things, good, bad, but rarely indifferent. I'm sure I'd loved him like a brother were he here today, and just as likely he'd seek your assistance when seeking justice from an overreaching government.

I look forward to learning of your latest attempt to open the eyes and minds of people taught not to see and think. Tough job, but you look like you're up to it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Allison! I met you just today and you offered me a job at your law office (guys she's a knock-out, not even I can resist). I read the La Times article, and had I known I'd be working for a celebrity, I would have accepted on the spot! You're amazing and I like your politics. We'll talk soon, okay?

Take care of Elyse...

Love, Katerina

rob u said...

i'm in awe of your youth and legal skill!!

apersonofinterest said...

Hello Allison;

Found out about you in a round about way and just wanted to let you know that I think you are doing great work. I recently posted the following to my blog and I thought you might be interested. If you ever need a strong pr/marketing/advertising consultant, please look me up.

The Daughter of Marijuana Attorney Bruce Margolin takes up the cause.

She believes in the legalization of ALL drugs, a position I whole heartedly agree with. The government wants to pick and choose which drugs are legal and which drugs aren't despite the hypocrisy of their position. The war on drugs has been waged by the goverment for years now and with little to no results, aside from spending billions of tax payer money and filling our already over crowded prison system with non-violent drug users. If anything, they have acheived the opposite. Drugs are more accessible, of higher quality and lower price than in the past.

You really have to look at the news behind the news to figure out why that is. The United States government has supported numerous "third-world" regimes and cartels over the years and part of their support is turning a blind eye to those who's primary source of revenue is the trafficking of illegal drugs. Columbia, Guatamala, Mexico and most recently Afghanistan.

The legalization of drugs and the criminalization of only those that commit crimes is the way forward if we ever hope to address this matter with any seriousness.

(inserted youtube ad)

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