With the demise of the Los Angeles Alternative in print form, Allison Margolin needed a new place to advertise her services as L.A.'s Dopest Attorney. She found one. Ads for the city's most media-famous, Harvard trained, dope-smoking, Playboy-aspiring defense lawyer start running in The Onion beginning Wednesday. She has updated her look a bit and added a new slogan: "Get to know an attorney like never before." As always, "all criminal defense from drugs to murder. Okay to call from custody." You might remember that after LA Observed discovered Margolin's blog and video, she turned up as the subject of a front page feature in the Times, which in turn sparked a lengthy critique by blogger Jon Weisman at, yes, Dodger Thoughts.
Every other lawyer in town is free to fume about Margolin's over exposure, then go fume some more about not making the cut at the newest Lawdragon 500. Margolin isn't on the list, but more than two dozen prominent L.A. lawyers are. Locals range alphabetically from Jacob A. Bloom — "one of the most powerful lawyers in show biz. His clients are box-office draws such as producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and actors Jackie Chan and Johnny Depp" — to Kenneth Ziffren — "If there's a sticky problem to solve or an earth-shattering deal to be done in Hollywood, somebody better call Ken Ziffren."