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Richard Howard Golubow

Richard Howard Golubow

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt

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About Me

Richard H. Golubow is a founding member and the managing shareholder of Winthrop Couchot Professional Corporation (WCPC).  Established in 1995, WCPC is one of Southern California's premier bankruptcy, insolvency and financial restructuring law firms.   

Richard was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award as Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California. The 2014 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards recognize law firms and attorneys who have been successful in the past year and who have shown excellence not only in expertise but in service. 

Richard has achieved an “AV Preeminent” (5 out of 5) 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. Richard is also rated "superb" (10 out of 10) by the leading independent attorney rating service, AVVO, and has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern California based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  Richard is a member of the 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.

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 devotes his practice to and has extensive experience in the areas of:

•Chapter 11 Reorganizations

•Complex Bankruptcy Litigation 

•Chapter 7 Liquidations

•Out-of-Court Workouts

•Acquisitions of Distressed Assets

•Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Foreclosure Sales

•General Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors


Richard has a diverse client base including parties in retail, manufacturing, distribution, importing, entertainment, education, non-profit institutions, healthcare, hospitality, golf and country club, fitness, automotive, financial services, real estate, agriculture, transportation, telecommunications and multi-level marketing.

Richard’s clients include publicly and closely held companies, as well as high net worth individuals in their capacity as debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords and tenants, real estate developers, intellectual property licensees and licensors, franchisees and franchisors, manufacturers, importers, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, distressed asset buyers or sellers and court appointed receivers.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Brian John Hogan

    I endorse this lawyer. His work is naturally complementary to the work I do, and his willingness to find creative solutions to debt problems short of a bankruptcy filing, combined with his intelligence, set him apart from his peers.


    Brian Hogan Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Marla Merhab Robinson

    I highly endorse this lawyer. I've had the pleasure of working with Richard on a couple of matters. He brought assistance to a client of mine when another bankruptcy attorney had advised nothing could be done. Richard brings business experience to the table and the ability to think beyond the legal analysis.


    Marla Robinson Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Winthrop Couchot

660 Newport Center Dr 4FL
Newport Beach, CA, 92660-6401



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in CaliforniaCorporate INTL Magazine2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateLobel, Winthrop & Broker1994 - 1995
Judicial Law ClerkHonorable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Santa Ana Division1992 - 1994

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation CommitteeAttorney Member2013 - Present
American Bankruptcy Institute, Asset Sales CommitteeAttorney Member2013 - Present
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsAttorney Member2012 - Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
California Bankruptcy ForumEducation Chair2011 - 2012
Bankruptcy Law 360Editorial Advisory Board2010 - 2011
Turnaround Management AssociationAttorney Member2000 - Present
Financial Lawyers ConferenceAttorney Member1995 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy SectionAttorney Member1992 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Siegel v. CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc.N/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
State University of New York, AlbanyFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California Bankruptcy Forum 25th Annual Insolvency ConferenceThe Impact of Divorce Proceedings on Business and Personal Bankruptcy Cases2013
American Bankruptcy Institute's 25th Annual Winter Leadership ConferenceBut I Thought We Were Safe: Are Priority Claims and Legacy Employee Liabilities at Risk in a 363 Sale?2013
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 24th Annual ConventionThe Good, the Bad and the Reality of Receiverships2012
California Bankruptcy Forum 24th Annual Insolvency ConferenceEducation Co-Chair2012
WebinarBankruptcy Reorganization Plan Strategies: Debt Reinstatement and Indubitable Equivalent; Strategies for Debtors, Lenders and Creditors Proposing or Opposing a Plan of Reorganization2011
Financier Worldwide MagazineUS Bankruptcy Roundtable2010
Financier Worldwide MagazineUS Automotive Sector Roundtable2009
California Bankruptcy Forum 21st Annual Insolvency ConferencePlanning for and Surviving the First Weeks of a Turnaround2009