companies and limited partnerships -- as well as litigating in all areas of real estate, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, insurance bad faith, construction defects, contractor disputes, fraud, boundary disputes, easements and injunctions.
Mr. Rapkin was the former managing law partner for the Woodland Hills law firm of Rapkin, Gitlin & Beaumont. At RGB, Mr. Rapkin developed a talented and dedicated staff of attorneys and support personnel. In addition to providing the legal services described above, Mr. Rapkin’s former law firm also represented hundreds of homeowners associations, and specialized in patent, trademark and copyright law.
Mr. Rapkin’s legal expertise in real estate is also complemented by his extensive background as a real estate investor in residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
Mr. Rapkin received his J.D. from San Fernando Valley College of Law in 1975 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1972 from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Rapkin and his wife, Marlene -- a special education law attorney who now volunteers to help foster-care children -- share their passion for helping those less fortunate with their three grown children.
While our team has a proven track record of success in negotiations and courtroom proceedings, they’re also lifelong learners who remain abreast of the latest developments in areas related to your case. When you come to Rapkin & Associates, LLP, expect to hit the ground running with somebody who’s already a step ahead of the game.
Mr. Rapkin graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where he was awarded a Thurgood Marshall-William Brennan Fellowship to teach constitutional law to Washington, D.C.-area high school students. After his second year of law school, Mr. Rapkin served as a law clerk with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, working primarily on cases involving the First Amendment, equal protection, due process and privacy rights.
Mr. Rapkin earned his B.A. cum laude in Political Science from The George Washington University. During college, Mr. Rapkin served as an intern in the Capitol Hill office of then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Del.), working with Senator Biden's Foreign Relations, Legislative and Senate Judiciary staffs.
Mr. Rapkin also served one summer as a full-time member of an eight-person taskforce for The William J. Clinton Foundation. Mr. Rapkin's duties involved researching and analyzing different proposals about whether the Foundation should launch a new initiative to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation in underdeveloped communities around the world -- and then presenting the recommendations to the Foundation's head, former President Bill Clinton.
Scott B. Rapkin has spent the last twelve years fighting for individuals in class action and civil rights litigation. Mr. Rapkin represents people harmed by employers, corporations or the government. Mr. Rapkin also has extensive experience representing and advising clients in business disputes and other commercial litigation.
Michael S. Rapkin is a 40-year veteran of real estate law.
Mr. Rapkin’s expertise in real estate extends to negotiating and structuring real estate agreements; holding title to real property; drafting commercial, industrial and residential leases, construction contracts and buy-sell agreements; and forming corporations, limited liability