Louis J. Esbin founded his law firm and has been practicing in Valencia, California since 1993, where he provides Bankruptcy, Corporate Formation, Transactional, Merger & Acquisition, and Commercial Law services to clients throughout California and other states.
Mr. Esbin currently represents a diverse group of corporate and individual clients including small emerging businesses, corporations and individuals, as debtors and creditors, as well as clients who operate in the restaurant, construction, entertainment, retail, casino, real estate, and manufacturing industries, distressed debt traders, and mortgage bankers.
His 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 his pledge to provide high quality "Big City" legal services to his community and clients. Mr. Esbin counsels his clients on approaching their matters with a practical cost-benefit analysis.
Mr. Esbin is also the founding Treasurer of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association; a founding member of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association; a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club in which he has served as Vocational and Membership Chair, as well as Club Secretary. Mr. Esbin is also a member of the Financial Lawyers Conference and California Bankruptcy Forum. As the first law clerk to the Honorable Samuel Bufford of the Central District Bankruptcy Court, Mr. Esbin formulated the local rules on Chapter 13 practice adopted throughout the District. Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Mr. Esbin volunteered through the FEMA to provide legal consultation to his community.
Mr. Esbin has a degree in Finance and Accounting from Albany State (SUNY Albany). He is admitted to practice by the state of California and the state of Connecticut, and has been admitted to practice specially in courts in Nevada, Texas, Florida and Colorado. He is awaiting admission to the State Bar of New York.
Bar Admissions/Education:State Admissions: California (admitted 1985); Connecticut (admitted 1998). Federal Court: Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, Ninth Circuit. Education: Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1984. Emphasis: Commercial Law/Litigation. SUNY Albany (Albany State), B.S., 1981. Major: Finance and Accounting. Minor: Sociology.
Civic and Professional Associations and Publications:National Association of Consumer 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 Litigation - 4th Edition 2009
1993-PresentLaw Offices of Louis J. Esbin Represent businesses, individuals, private lenders, casinos, and others. General Counsel to start up companies. Debtor's counsel for sole proprietors, individuals and close corporations. Creditor's counsel for distressed debt traders, corporate vendors and individuals. Counsel for other parties in proceedings and actions in bankruptcy and state court. 1998-1999, of counsel to Esbin & Associates, New York, during which represented Wall Street Broker Dealers in the trading of distressed debt.
1991-1993Senior Associate, Smith & Smith (defunct). Represented special assets, diversified assets and liquidation departments of Wells Fargo, First Interstate Bank, Bank of California, Chase Auto Leasing, as well as creditors stock brokerage holding company.
1989-1991Senior Associate, Rosen, Wachtell & Gilbert (defunct). As Bankruptcy Attorney for San Francisco Office of a Century City Law Firm, represented Bay Area businesses and Southern California clients. Chairperson, S.F. Bar Association Subcommittee on Professional Employment and Compensation under United States Trustee Program; associate editor for California Bankruptcy Journal.
1985-1986Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Samuel L. Bufford United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division. First law clerk appointed. Court calendar management function. Drafted first General Order on Chapter 13 Practice, later adopted as Local Rule, and also, later adopted by other districts as a model for courts throughout the Ninth Circuit.
1984-1985Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Cameron W. Wolfe (deceased), United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of California, Oakland Division. Primary responsibility to Judge Wolfe and judges sitting by assignment: Honorable Elizabeth Perris (currently, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel) and Honorable Lawrence Ollason (deceased - former Ninth Circuit BAP Judge).