Michael C. Lubin
Michael Lubin grew up in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. After leaving the Northeast, Mr. Lubin found home in the warm climate of Southern California. Mr. Lubin obtained his undergraduate degree from Chapman University. He enjoyed the shrewd scholastic environment so much, he decided to continue studying at Chapman’s law school. During his time as a law student, he interned for the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford of the United States District Court and served on the Chapman Law Review as a Staff and Symposium Editor.
After he graduated from law school, Mr. Lubin began his career at a preeminent litigation firm. There, Mr. Lubin was able to hone his skills on a variety of complex matters, ranging from defending catastrophic injury cases to prosecuting highly complex multi-party construction project disputes. During his time at this firm, he garnered the skills necessary to immediately and aggressively impact his clients’ cases at every stage, from pre-litigation through appeal. He also began collecting numerous success stories, including his first favorable jury verdict and countless dismissals and favorable settlements.
Next, Mr. Lubin joined a Southern California real estate and business litigation law firm that focused almost exclusively on HOA disputes. There, Mr. Lubin managed a team of attorneys, advised clients on the complexities of the Davis-Stirling Act, prosecuted and defended cases through favorable awards and settlements on behalf of homeowners, and otherwise honed his already sharp skills. Mr. Lubin also met his current partners. Together, they decided that there was a better way to assist homeowners prosecute and defend their rights.
Mr. Lubin is one of LPC’s founding partners and its head trial lawyer. He has a keen intellect and an eye for detail, which has earned him a reputation as an aggressive champion of homeowner rights, a powerful advocate, and a persuasive trial lawyer. Mr. Lubin is unwaveringly dedicated to his clients and will stop at nothing to assist his clients obtain their goals.
- J.D., Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
- B.A., Chapman University, Orange, California
- California, 2013
Namson N. Pham
Being a good legal writer and researcher requires breadth and depth of knowledge. Every example, every analogy needs to connect with the real world. That’s what makes Mr. Pham an effective lawyer. He’s a Renaissance man. He fences. He free dives. He roasts his own coffee. He keeps bees. He forages gourmet edibles. He’s an avid rock climber. He dabbles in competitive BBQ as both a chef and a judge. He’s always learning something new. Each of those experiences helps him write excellent legal briefs that relate the law to the real world.
Mr. Pham’s love for learning unusual skills began early. He began attending selected college classes in the 6th grade, during which he developed a love for coffee and musical instruments. He attended undergraduate at UC Davis where despite double majoring, he graduated in just six quarters. There, he picked up fencing and foraging. He then attended law school at Indiana University on a scholarship where he was the managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal and Captain of the Indiana University Men’s Foil Team. While in Indiana, he cultivated his outdoorsmanship and parkour skills.
No matter where he practiced, Mr. Pham found himself the go-to person for difficult litigation problems, especially ones that seemed impossible. His knowledge of the nuances of arcane real estate law, his novel approach to solving litigation problems, and his ability to craft persuasive legal briefs make him an extremely effective attorney.
Eventually, Mr. Pham found kindred spirits in Mr. Lubin and Mr. Caplin. After countless discussions about novel approaches to litigation cases and debates about complex areas of law, the three became fast friends. That friendship eventually evolved into Lubin Pham + Caplin LLP.
- J.D., Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
- B.A., University of California at Davis, Davis, California
- New York, 2014
- California, 2014
Nicholas J. Caplin
Mr. Caplin’s legal education began well before he started practicing law or even attending law school. With a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge as his grandfather, and the Executive Director of the Southern California ACLU as his grandmother, Mr. Caplin learned how to be an effective advocate at an early age. His formative years were spent at judicial conferences and impassioned speeches regarding civil rights. In other words, Mr. Caplin’s career was never really a question.
As a native of Southern California, the first formal step in his journey was obviously obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Loving the outdoors and mountains surrounding the greater Los Angeles area, Mr. Caplin went on to attend law school at the Pepperdine University School of Law. There, he focused on real estate, land use, and corporate law; was the Lead Articles Editor of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; won numerous awards, including receiving the CALI Award for the Highest Grade in the Course for Legal Writing, Real Estate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions; and was also published in a national employment law journal for his article “Why the NLRB Can be ‘Facebook Friends’ with both Employees and Employers.” He concluded his tenure at law school by graduating cum laude.
Mr. Caplin began his practice working for a highly-respected law firm that represented the largest public entities in the state, as well as international architectural and engineering firms. There, Mr. Caplin cut his teeth on cases involving complex construction, traumatic injuries, and civil rights violations. He obtained countless favorable outcomes for his clients, including successful dispositive motions, and no-liability findings in 10-figure cases. While Mr. Caplin enjoyed those successes, he decided he wanted to represent people instead of the biggest entities in the state.
So Mr. Caplin joined a law firm that specialized in real estate law. There, he represented homeowners in disputes against tyrannical HOAs. After representing hundreds of homeowners, and learning the ins and outs of the Davis-Stirling Act, Mr. Caplin decided it was time to strike out on his own.
He had the great fortune of connecting with Mr. Lubin and Mr. Pham. With Mr. Lubin’s relentlessness and tenacity, Mr. Pham’s once-in-a-generation legal research and writing abilities, and Mr. Caplin’s charisma and practical approach to solving complex problems, the three decided they were the perfect team.
- J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
- B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
- California, 2016
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