This week, we profile Alex Lubarsky:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Alex: My firm started as an immigration firm handling deportation defense because I had lived for a period of time in Northern Argentina and learned Spanish. We now offer criminal defense and debtor-side bankruptcy and have grown in the Asian and Russian communities due to attorneys and paralegals who are natives from those areas climbing aboard with us. I am a tech geek and have a concurrent career as an electronic discovery consultant.
CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Alex: California Criminal Law and Procedure – it has clarified what was a new and nebulous area of law. I study it before almost every appearance in the criminal courts. The forms manual companion has saved me (and my client) more than once.
CEB: Why do you choose to speak/write for CEB?
Alex: I was asked to author the electronic discovery chapter for the CEB text on Internet Law and Practice in California. This was a real opportunity to give back to my community and fellow practitioners. Updating this chapter annually also forces me to stay abreast of the latest cases and trends.
CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Alex: I enjoy getting to know many of my clients personally. As most of my clients are from backgrounds that are quite diverse than my own, I benefit from being exposed to new and intriguing attitudes, customs, and perspectives. What do I like least about practicing law? It’s got to be the pressure that goes hand-in-hand with representing somebody who is “locked up” and is facing deportation or a jail/prison sentence. Acting as a key determining factor as to whether a family is separated or a person’s liberty is taken amounts to a heavy burden.
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Alex: My father has been practicing law for going on fifty years and has been my legal mentor since law school. He always told me that it is good to know the law, but better to know the judge.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Alex: Geography will cease to be a factor. Video conferencing, electronic filing, Skype, cell-phone video-chat, social networks, and other technologies will enable practitioners to ply their trade from even remote corners of the globe. Physically going to court will increasingly be a thing of the past, just as going to the video rental store to pick up a DVD has become outmoded in this age of digital downloads.
CEB: What is the most interesting book you have read recently?
Alex: Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney. As a Latin American Studies and Indiana Jones buff, this new publication was irresistible to me. Reliving the adventure, determination, wit, and weaknesses of Hiram Bingham as he “discovered” Machu Picchu was an exhilarating roller coaster ride.
CEB: What is your contact information?
CEB: Thank you, Alex!