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Louis Jay Esbin

Louis Jay Esbin

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Corporate & Incorporation, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

About Me

Rely Upon a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist



24 years of experience dedicated to financially troubled clients and resolving their problems regardless of complexity or uniqueness.


Our Practice.


I founded the Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin and have been practicing in Valencia, California since 1993, where we provide Bankruptcy, Corporate Formation, Transactional, Merger & Acquisition, and Commercial Law services to clients throughout California and other states.


Experience in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and as a judicial law clerk to Bankruptcy Court Judges in Northern and Southern California are the cornerstones of our pledge to provide high quality "Big City" legal services to our community and clients. We approach all of our client matters with a practical cost-benefit analysis.



Professional and Civic Organizations and A Pledge to Keeping the Public and Our Profession Informed.


National Association of Consumber Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI); California Bankruptcy Forum and Financial Lawyers Conference; Los Angeles County, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valley Bar Associations; Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association (CDCBAA)(Charter Member and Board Member); Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association (Founding Member and Inaugural Treasurer); Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club (Former Secretary and Vocational Service Chair); Valencia Industrial Association and Chamber of Commerce (Principal for a Day Participant). Featured Writer: Santa Clarita Valley Living Magazine, Ventura County Star, and The Signal Newspaper. Contributing author; California Mortgage Deeds of Trust and Foreclosure Litagation - 4th Edition 2009





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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 30%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    30 years, 100 cases
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 20%
    30 years, 250 cases
  4. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 15%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 15%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($325-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • No photo

    Mr. Esbin's expertise in this area is unparalleled. His commitment to clients and his near photographic memory of the law make him a powerhouse in the Federal Court system.


    Steven Marcus Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Earl Winfield

    Lou works very hard for his clients.


    William Winfield Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

25129 The Old Road, Suite 114
Stevenson Ranch, CA, 91381-2273



CTAdministrative Suspension199808/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Consumer/BusinessSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/CreditorSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Bankruptcy LawyerThe Signal Newspaper2012
Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita ValleyThe Signal Newspaper2011
Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita ValleyThe Signal Newspaper2010
CommissionerCalifornia State Bar - Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission2009
Paul Harris FellowRotary International2008
Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita ValleyThe Signal Newspaper2008
Certified Bankruptcy SpecialistState Bar of California, Board of Legal SpecializationN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Louis J. Esbin1993 - Present
Senior AssociateSmith & Smith1991 - 1993
Senior AssociateRosen, Wachtell & Gilbert1989 - 1991
AssociateNeisar, Cecchini & Ellersdorfer1987 - 1989
AssociateWyman Bautzer Kuchel & Silbert1986 - 1987
Law Clerk - Hon. Samuel BuffordUnited States Bankruptcy Court - Central District of California1985 - 1986
Law Clerk - Hon. Cameron WolfeUnited States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of California1984 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission - California State Bar Board of Legal SpecializationChair - Public Outreach Committee2009 - 2013
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationPresident2008 - 2008
Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationTreasurer2004 - 2005
Santa Clarita Valley Rotary ClubSecretary2002 - 2003

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re GuastellaChapter 13 Case dismissed as filed in bad faith.
In re Dynamic BrokersChapter 11 Plan confirmed
In re LaskyClaims Objection Sustained and Overruled - Bankruptcy Code Preempts Fair Debt Collections Practices Act

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Publication NameTitleDate
California Mortgage Deeds of Trust and Foreclosure Litagation - 4th EditionDebtor Strategies - Chapter 72009
Practicing Under BAPCPAPracticing Under BAPCPA2006


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate Univ SOLLanguages/LinguisticsJD - Juris Doctor1984
SUNY AlbanyFinance and AccountingBachelor of Science1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Lou Esbin is "The Debt Doctor"Current Economic Trends in Business and Real Estate2012
Town Hall Meeting - October 11th - Burbank LibraryBankruptcy - Foreclosure - Short Sales2011
Sessions with Certified Specialists - October 11th - Robal Building, LA, CA - Rm 1268CM-ECF and LOU Filing2011
Town Hall MeetingShort Sales - Foreclosures - Bankruptcy2010
Central District Bankruptcy Judges RetreatConsumer Bankruptcy Issues Since BAPCPA2009
Motions to Value and Lien StrippingBankruptcy - Mortgage, Deed of Trust and Foreclosure Litigation2007
Practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Debtor Protection Act of 2005Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 20052006
Practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Debtor Protection Act of 2005Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 20052005