Richard H. Golubow

Richard H. Golubow

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Richard H. Golubow is a founder and managing partner of Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander, LLP. Richard devotes his practice to and has extensive experience in the areas of Chapter 11 reorganizations, complex bankruptcy litigation, liquidations, out-of-court workouts, acquisitions and sales of distressed assets, Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 foreclosure sales, general assignments for the benefit of creditors, and receiverships.

Richard understands that the law is a means to accomplish his clients’ business and personal objectives, not an end in itself.  He listens to his clients and takes the time to learn about and understand his clients’ business as well as their needs to effectively provide customized, innovative, responsive and cost-effective legal solutions.  For example, Richard places great emphasis on proactively counseling clients to identify and manage cash flow and insolvency risks posed by customers, vendors, landlords, and other counterparties to all types of contracts including purchase and sales agreements, real and personal property leases, franchise and intellectual property licenses, loan agreements, guaranties and employment contracts.

Richard has a diverse client base that includes representation of debtors, creditors, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, receivers and asset purchasers in a wide range of industries, including retail, consulting, manufacturing, distribution, importing, construction, entertainment, education, religious and other non-profit institutions, fitness, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, financial services, real estate, automotive, agriculture, golf and country club, biotech, transportation, telecommunications and internet businesses, and multi-level marketing.

Richard has been honored as the recipient of bankruptcy, insolvency or financial restructuring attorney of the year awards by several leading international financial publications including Corporate INTL Magazine, ACQ (Acquisition Finance) Magazine, Corporate LiveWire, and Finance Monthly. The awards collectively recognize success and excellence, expertise, service, achievement and innovation as chosen by industry peers.
From 1992 to 1994, Richard served as judicial law clerk and judicial extern to the Honorable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division.

Awards and Honors

  • “AV Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5.0) Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Rated “superb” (10 out of 10) by the leading independent attorney rating service, AVVO
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern California based on peer recognition and professional achievement
  • Global Law Experts Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2015)
  • Finance Monthly Global Awards as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2015)
  • Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2015)
  • ACQ (Acquisition Finance) Magazine Global Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2015)
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Award as Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year in Newport Beach, California (2015)
  • Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2014)
  • ACQ (Acquisition Finance) Magazine Global Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California (2014)
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Award as Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year in Newport Beach, California (2014)

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Panelist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2015
  • Interviewed about corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring on Your Money Talks radio show, host Jerry Slusiewicz, KLAA am 830 in Southern California, September 13, 2015
  • Panelist,  Bankruptcy & Restructuring Annual Review 2015 , Financier Worldwide Magazine, June 2015
  • Featured as leading expert for corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate Advisor Handbook, Financier Worldwide Magazine, 2015
  • Featured as leading expert for corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring in Bankruptcy & Restructuring Corporate Advisor Handbook, Financier Worldwide Magazine, 2015
  • Featured as leading expert for corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring in ‘10th Anniversary Adviser Who’s Who Handbook – 2015’, Corporate INTL Magazine, 2015
  • Interviewed about corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring on Exit Coach Radio, host Bill Black, on The Exit Coach Network (exitcoachnetwork.com), June 11, 2015
  • Author, Use of the Common Interest Doctrine in Bankruptcy Cases, Corporate LiveWire Bankruptcy & Restructuring Expert Guide, March/April 2015
  • Moderator, Comparative Analysis of Receiverships, Bankruptcies and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, California Receivers Forum Loyola VI Conference, January 23, 2015
  • Interviewed about corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring on Your Money Talks radio show, host Jerry Slusiewicz, a Bloomberg radio affiliated program (KSPA am 1510 in Los Angeles/Orange County/Inland Empire and KFSD am 1450 in North San Diego), January 5, 2015
  • Author, Strategic Alternatives for Financially Troubled or Distressed Companies, Orange County Business Journal, November 17, 2014
  • Panelist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2014
  • Featured as leading expert for corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring in Bankruptcy & Restructuring Corporate Advisor Handbook, Financier Worldwide Magazine, 2014
  • Interviewed on Commercial Real Estate Radio (creradio.com), host Howard Kline, about Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need to Know, April 4, 2014
  • Interviewed on Commercial Real Estate Radio (creradio.com), host Howard Kline, about Investing in Distressed Real Property in Bankruptcy, February 13, 2014

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), an invitation only network of lawyers from single-discipline boutique law firms with the highest level of knowledge, experience, reputation and credentials comparable or superior to what can be found at the highest-ranking full-service law firms
  • Advisory Board Member, Bankruptcy Battleground West, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, ProVisors ®,  a community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors and share the highest standards of integrity, performance and accountability
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association-Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Former member of the Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board, Law 360

Practice Areas

  • Chapter 11 Reorganizations
  • Complex Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Liquidations
  • Out-of-Court Workouts
  • Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Foreclosure Sales
  • General Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
  • Receiverships

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, (J.D., 1992; Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure)
  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York (B.S., Cum Laude, 1985; Dean’s List of Distinguished Students; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges)

Admissions

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional License

Real Estate Broker, State of California, Department of Real Estate, 1993