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Louis Jay Esbin

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Valencia, CA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Lou Esbin


Licensed for 37 years

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About Louis

Learn Louis’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    30%
    Representation of debtors in all bankruptcy cases with emphasis on mortgage, deed of trust and foreclosures, as well as leading expert in the area of property valuation and lien avoidance in the course of personal reorganizations; representation of sole proprietors in the course of reorganizing through Chapter 13 with emphasis on business planning and transition to operating as a corporate entity. Experience includes representing secured creditors and judicial clerkship.

    38 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    20%
    Representation of creditors in complex Chapter 11 cases; representation of debtors in residential and small business reorganizations with emphasis on mortgage, deed of trust and foreclosures, commercial litigation. Career experience representing secured lenders and experience in course of judicial clerkships.

    38 years, 250 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    20%
    Representation of small start up corporations with emphasis on business formation and modeling based upon "How Not to Fail," using insolvency and bankruptcy experience to guide clients to use cash basis accounting to manage business development and minimize use of credit only where cash flow can benefit sufficiently in excess of debt service.

    38 years, 100 cases

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    15%
    Representation of debtors in Chapter 13 cases with emphasis on mortgage, deed of trust and foreclosures, as well as leading expert in the area of property valuation and lien avoidance in the course of personal reorganizations; representation of sole proprietors in the course of reorganizing through Chapter 13 with emphasis on business planning and transition to operating as a corporate entity. Experience includes representing secured creditors and judicial clerkship.

    38 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    15%
    Representation of debtors in the course of personal, as well as corporate liquidations, with emphasis on business planning to enable owners to realize full benefit of business liquidation and closure of business. Career experience representing secured lender, as well as representing creditors seeking nondischargeability and trustees. Experience includes judicial clerkships.

    38 years, 2,000 cases

"WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS, COUNT ON EXPERIENCE!" CERTIFIED BANKRUPTCY SPECIALIST.
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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Licensed for 37 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/28/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Louis and Linda are fantastic - great communication, knowledge and experience! They are compassionate and explain in detail the process and what to expect as they go through it with you. I felt extremely confident in them and highly recommend their services.
Posted by Myrna | March 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer and Paralegal
My process of getting rid of my headaches was elevated because of Atty. Esbin. Now I can sleep without any worries. Linda is the best. I can disturb her anytime if I have questions and paper works that needed immediate attention. I highly recommend Atty. Esbin
Posted by Gene | May 24, 2014
Lou Esbin is Fantastic
I wanted to compliment Lou Esbin for a wonderful Job he does. He is a pleasure to work with and a true professional. I am so glad that I was introduced to him and will recommend him whenever the opportunity arises.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2012
The Best Attorney
Mr. Esbin took a stressful situation and making it as smooth as possible. He simply looked at what needed to be done and took care of it. Our chapter 13 was more complicated than most, but he handled everything and throughout the process left us feeling confident that they were on top of things. He never made you feel like you were alone, never feeling like it is your entire fault and never ever feeling ashamed. Mr. Esbin was always available for your stupid questions, to intelligent questions. Nothing was too small or big. Our calls were answered very promptly or by email. The office staff was all sympathetic, profession, friendly, throughout and highly efficient. They worked very hard. Mr. Esbin is very knowledge of the State Law/Bankruptcy Law and knows his litigation well. He worked very hard and did a fabulous job for us. A very important factor is the fee. Mr. Esbin is up front with the fee, and never overcharges with unnecessary fees, or any hidden fees. This is very important. Mr. Esbin truly works hard for you. Mr. Esbin is not like any other attorney that only cares about your money. He answered all our questions in detail, and gave us advice how to situate our problems. Bankruptcy is nothing anyone wants to go through, but now we feel that we have a new start and can move past our mistakes. We really owe our financial future to Mr. Esbin. I would recommend Mr. Lou Esbin to anyway with no hesitation. Patti F.
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Posted by Adam | August 2, 2012
Simply the BEST!!!
Mr. Esbin is amazing! Kept me informend on everything that was going on. When you are going through legal matters it is easy to get stressed and forget things and Mr. Esbin always followed up on everything which was great! I definitely recommend Mr. Esbin!
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2012
Financial/Debt Consulting
My wife and I met with Mr. Esbin to discuss a few issues concerning our financial situation, as it relates to so many others accross the county, and those being, debt, foreclosure, debt, and walking away from a mortgage or other debts.
Posted by Yosef | October 19, 2010
The best attorney I've ever worked with. Period.
Having run many businesses over the years, I've worked with literally dozens of attorneys across a wide spectrum of legal areas. When my latest business was hit hard by the economy I decided to file Ch. 11 and went on a mission to find the very best lawyer I could. Several recommendations from other lawyers and business associates led me to Mr. Lou Esbin. To say that I was 'blown away' by his expertise would be an understatement. Esbin thinks on his feet like no other attorney I have ever seen; he is honest and displays the highest levels of integrity; he is creative -which I have learned is a critical trait for good BK lawyer; and last but definitely not least, he is experienced, thoroughly seasoned and knows the judges and bankruptcy courts inside and out. Bankruptcy laws are constantly changing, so you need someone in your corner who is nimble, educated and highly intelligent. Lou Esbin is all of these things, and much more.
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Posted by Angela | August 16, 2010
Great Attorney
Great attorney, very knowledgeable and kept me informed. Also gave me the steps to help with other problems I may face in the future so I could handle them more easily. I would highly recommend Louis Esbin!
Posted by Mike Bjorkman | August 16, 2010
Wealth of knowledge!! Lou handles all my clients!!
Takes care of all my clients issues with good advise always! I have seen him do things no other Lawyer can. I would trust him with any of my friends, neighbors, and family.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-750 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin
  • 1993 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Smith & Smith
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Senior Associate
  • Rosen, Wachtell & Gilbert
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Neisar, Cecchini & Ellersdorfer
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Associate
  • Wyman Bautzer Kuchel & Silbert
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Law Clerk - Hon. Samuel Bufford
  • United States Bankruptcy Court - Central District of California
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Law Clerk - Hon. Cameron Wolfe
  • United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of California
  • 1984 - 1985
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Education

  • Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law
  • Mediation - Certificate
  • 2008
  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • SUNY Albany
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • In re Smith
  • Court of Appeals Affirmed Bankruptcy Court - debt limit exceeded.
  • In re Lasky
  • Claims Objection Sustained and Overruled - Bankruptcy Code Preempts Fair Debt Collections Practices Act
  • In re Guastella
  • Chapter 13 Case dismissed as filed in bad faith.
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Associations

  • Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission - California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Chair - Public Outreach Committee
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association
  • Founder/President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association
  • Founder/Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • The Signal Newspaper
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor/Creditor
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita Valley
  • The Signal Newspaper
  • 2011
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita Valley
  • The Signal Newspaper
  • 2010
  • Commissioner
  • California State Bar - Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission
  • 2009
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer - Santa Clarita Valley
  • The Signal Newspaper
  • 2008
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International
  • 2008
  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Practicing Under BAPCPA
  • Practicing Under BAPCPA
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Lou Esbin is "The Debt Doctor"
  • Current Economic Trends in Business and Real Estate
  • 2012
  • Town Hall Meeting - October 11th - Burbank Library
  • Bankruptcy - Foreclosure - Short Sales
  • 2011
  • Sessions with Certified Specialists - October 11th - Robal Building, LA, CA - Rm 1268
  • CM-ECF and LOU Filing
  • 2011
  • Central District Bankruptcy Judges Retreat
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Issues Since BAPCPA
  • 2009
  • Motions to Value and Lien Stripping
  • Bankruptcy - Mortgage, Deed of Trust and Foreclosure Litigation
  • 2007
  • Practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Debtor Protection Act of 2005
  • Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 2005
  • 2006
  • Practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Debtor Protection Act of 2005
  • Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 2005
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Louis
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Louis Esbin is a reliable and experienced attorney, a wonderful mentor, and an excellent teacher. I was fortunate enough to work for his law firm, where I learned a great deal about the legal profession and discovered my passion for business law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lou works very hard for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lou is a highly knowledgeable attorney, especially in the areas of bankruptcy and real estate. As an attorney in the community, I appreciate that he is always willing to answer questions and help those of us who have less knowledge than he does. He's published a book through the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) that is a go-to book for other attorneys. If you're in the market for an attorney in his area--run, don't walk to his office. [P.S., this is an unsolicited endorsement from someone who has benefited from Lou's knowledge. Thanks for caring enough to help others!]"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Lou for many years. He is bright, personable, and a very well-respected bankruptcy attorney. I heartily endorse him,"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lou Esbin is a standard for other attorneys. I look to him as an example. He is in the circle of the very best at what he does."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. I do not practice before Bankruptcy courts, and, accordingly, I need an attorney to represent my clients when Bankruptcy issues arise. Esbin has helped my clients efficiently, with integrity, and at the highest level of professionalism."
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