Meet Joel Ruben

Joel D. Ruben has been a real estate and business lawyer in the Los Angeles area since 1977.  Joel currently practices primarily in the areas of business and real estate transactions. With an extensive background in trials, arbitrations and mediations arising from business and real estate transactions gone awry, Joel has used this experience in negotiating and drafting real estate and business contracts that maximize the protection of his client's interests and minimize the risks of future litigation. 

In 1971, Joel graduated from U.C.L.A. with a B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  In 1977, he was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor from U.C. Davis School of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif.  

Since 1977, Joel has been admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and all other Courts of the State of California, and the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. He began his legal career with Greenberg & Glusker in Century City where he was an associate between 1977-1984.  Then, for 18 years, Joel was a partner of Lipofsky & Ruben. 

Joel is dedicated to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards and civility in his professional relationships. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has awarded Joel its highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards (AV). Between 2000 and 2007, Joel was a member of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

For over 40 years, Joel has demonstrated his versatility and creativity as an attorney.  As a litigator, he has prosecuted and defended complex real estate, environmental, commercial and general business litigation matters on behalf of corporate, institutional and individual clients, and he has helped his clients achieve a number of large settlements and judgments.  Joel is also a skilled negotiator who has handled and successfully closed many commercial real estate transactions involving office buildings, shopping centers, industrial buildings, and undeveloped land. Joel is currently focusing his law practice on real estate and business transactional matters for business owners, real estate developers, property managers, commercial real estate investors, landlords and tenants, buyers of residential real estate.

Joel has lectured other lawyers and real estate agents on subjects such as real estate purchase and sale agreements, real estate disclosures and legal ethics. 

Joel enjoys music, singing and performing  in his spare time.  For 10 years he performed for in-patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Los Angeles. In 1973-1974, Joel  and David Avadon successfully launched and co-starred in the Childrens' Concert Series at McCabe's Guitar Shop, a nationally known folk music venue in Santa Monica.  Joel has also performed in a number of benefit concerts to raise money for college scholarships.

Joel is a member of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, and he has served on the Community Advisory Board of the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Los Angeles, and as the 2006-2008 Chair of the Rotary/Shriners Hospital Alliance. Joel is the proud father of 3 children: his son is a digital media designer in Brooklyn; one of his twin daughters works for AirBNB in San Francisco; Joel's other daughter is a tax attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco.