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
•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.
Licensed since 1992
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
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
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year in California||Corporate INTL Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Los Angeles Magazine||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Los Angeles Magazine||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Los Angeles Magazine||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Los Angeles Magazine||2008|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2004|
|Rising Star||Los Angeles Magazine||2004|
|Associate||Lobel, Winthrop & Broker||1994 - 1995|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Honorable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Santa Ana Division||1992 - 1994|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bankruptcy Institute, Asset Sales Committee||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|International Network of Boutique Law Firms||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|National Asian Pacific American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|California Bankruptcy Forum||Education Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Bankruptcy Law 360||Editorial Advisory Board||2010 - 2011|
|Turnaround Management Association||Attorney Member||2000 - Present|
|Financial Lawyers Conference||Attorney Member||1995 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section||Attorney Member||1992 - Present|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|State University of New York, Albany||Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|
|California Bankruptcy Forum 25th Annual Insolvency Conference||The Impact of Divorce Proceedings on Business and Personal Bankruptcy Cases||2013|
|American Bankruptcy Institute's 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference||But 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 Convention||The Good, the Bad and the Reality of Receiverships||2012|
|California Bankruptcy Forum 24th Annual Insolvency Conference||Education Co-Chair||2012|
|Webinar||Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan Strategies: Debt Reinstatement and Indubitable Equivalent; Strategies for Debtors, Lenders and Creditors Proposing or Opposing a Plan of Reorganization||2011|
|Financier Worldwide Magazine||US Bankruptcy Roundtable||2010|
|Financier Worldwide Magazine||US Automotive Sector Roundtable||2009|
|California Bankruptcy Forum 21st Annual Insolvency Conference||Planning for and Surviving the First Weeks of a Turnaround||2009|