Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Specializing in Defense of Criminal Cases in both State and Federal Courts, and Internal Corporate Investigations.

Firm Overview

Richard G. Lubin heads the firm. He has been practicing criminal law for 37 years. Richard is nationally recognized as one of the premier defense attorneys in the country. Our Firm represents citizens and corporations in state and federal courts during the investigation stage and after charges are brought.

Richard Lubin has developed the concept of a team approach to all cases, regardless of the type of matter being defended. Each of the attorneys is involved as part of a "team" on every case. The Firm meets for regular brainstorming sessions to assure that "all options and avenues are considered" and that no strategies to assist the client are overlooked.

The Firm takes a very aggressive, goal-oriented approach to its work when appropriate, while recognizing that each case is different and that strategies must be developed on a case-by-case basis.

The philosophy of our Firm is that thorough, comprehensive preparation leads to the best results. The Firm takes a "leave-no-stone-unturned" approach to its investigations. We believe in the use of sophisticated investigators and investigative techniques such as the use of the internet. We believe that a thorough "know-all-there-is-about-every case, every-witness and every-document" approach enables us to develop creative, cutting edge motions, successful settlements and winning trial strategies.

Richard was one of the early advocates of the use of trial consultants and focus groups to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of cases before trial, so that winning strategies can be developed. The Firm believes in the effective use of expert witnesses to assist it in making powerful presentations.

The vast majority of the Firm's cases are handled quietly with no public profile whatsoever. When media attention is unavoidable, the Firm has decades of experience handling media relations on behalf of its clients. Strategic, thoughtful, timely dissemination of information to the media minimizes potential damage to a client's reputation and can, in fact, be helpful to a client's case.

Main Office

Main Office
1217 South Flagler Drive, Second Floor, Flagler Plaza
West Palm Beach FL 33401






Criminal Defense

Richard G. Lubin, P.A. will represent your Criminal Defense legal matters.

Richard G. Lubin, P.A. accepts all state and federal criminal matters, including:

The Firm has extensive experience in representing individuals and corporations charged and being investigated for what is generally referred to as "white collar offenses." These include such offenses as money laundering, healthcare fraud, honest services fraud, securities fraud, internet fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. Also included in this category of offenses are RICO, continuing criminal enterprises and various types of theft. We provide representation related to these offenses in both the state and federal courts.

The attorneys in the Firm often represent citizens charged with serious offenses such as homicide, narcotics violations, sexual offenses, burglary, robbery and assault, in both state and federal courts. Additionally, our Firm regularly represents individuals charged with traffic related crimes such as DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and DUI with bodily injury.

Often, corporations or other entities are in need of outside counsel to conduct internal investigations into their operations. Our Firm is available to conduct these investigations which often involve conducting interviews, reviewing documents and coordinating the use of investigators and forensic accountants.

The Firm represents individuals and corporations faced with a grand jury subpoena or those who are targets or subjects of a grand jury or a law enforcement investigation.

The Firm regularly provides representation to individuals charged with misdemeanors such as certain drug offenses, DUI, domestic battery, trespass, assault and petit theft.

The Firm represents minors charged in juvenile court with misdemeanor and felony offenses.

The Firm represents individuals and corporations in prosecuting and defending appeals in both the state and federal systems.

Richard G. Lubin

Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Richard G. Lubin graduated from Boston University in 1970. He served as president of the 30,000 member student body during the 1969-1970 school year. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1974 and has practiced criminal defense law in Palm Beach County since then.

Richard has been a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers since 1989. In 1999- 2001, he was its president. He has been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1983 and served on the Board of Directors from 1989 to 1994. Richard has served as chairman of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Continuing Legal Education Committee and Lawyers Assistance Strike Force. For many years, he served on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College which teaches trial skills to criminal lawyers. Richard has also served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as President of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served as chairman of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission in 2000 and 2001 and as President of the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society for 13 years. Additionally, he has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, the Palm Beach County Judicial Nominating Commission and on the United States Magistrate Judge Selection and Retention Panel for the Southern District of Florida.

Richard has successfully defended clients throughout the country. His practice includes charges ranging from complex white collar defense such as healthcare fraud, honest services fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, income tax fraud, RICO, money laundering and conspiracy, to homicide (including death penalty cases), narcotics violations, traffic homicide cases such as DUI manslaughter, and sex offenses. He is known for having an expertise in the defense of professionals such as doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, professional athletes and educators. Although many of his cases are "high profile," most are not.

Richard was a pioneer in the effective use of trial consultants and the use of focus groups. He has a reputation for being particularly tenacious in his investigations and trial preparation. Observers have routinely commented on his cross examinations, closing arguments and his refusal to ever-give- up attitude. His success as a defense lawyer has led to regular requests for Richard to teach defense lawyers throughout the country. He has lectured on numerous topics including voir dire, voir dire in death penalty cases, opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, cross examination of expert witnesses, effective use of expert witnesses, defense of cases involving co-defendant or confidential informant testimony, cross examination of medical examiners, cross examination of government agents at detention hearings, attorney's fees in criminal cases, the defense of entrapment cases, insanity defense cases, closing argument, communication in the courtroom, theories and themes, as well as the defense of "high profile" cases.

Richard believes strongly in the team approach to the defense of criminal cases. All of the lawyers in the Firm work with him on each of the Firm's cases. The attorneys in the Firm were hand picked by Richard because of their particular expertise as part of the team.

Jonathan R. Kaplan

Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Jonathan R. Kaplan was born in Oceanside, New York, on December 23, 1965. He graduated from New York University in 1988 with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. After graduating from NYU, he attended the University of Miami Law School, graduating in 1991. After graduation, Jonathan moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he began practicing law.

Jonathan has been practicing law in Florida since 1991, specializing in criminal defense. He has handled over a thousand criminal cases on both the state and federal levels, with a wide area of practice ranging from DUIs, burglaries, drug trafficking offenses, sex offenses, first degree murder to complex white collar crimes, including healthcare fraud, money laundering and securities fraud. Jonathan has tried more than sixty criminal cases in state and federal court. In addition to his trial experience, Jonathan has handled many state and federal criminal appeals, including complex post conviction work. His exceptional knowledge of legal issues and constitutional concepts has enabled him to maintain a very successful motion practice. Jonathan's peers have described his trial and litigation skills as "methodical, thorough and creative."

Jonathan is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past Board Member). Prior memberships include Inns of Court, ACLU and the First Amendment Lawyers Association. He regularly serves as a judge in the National Law School Trial Competition.

Nicole M. Cotton

Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Nicole was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1976. After moving to West Palm Beach as a child, she went to local schools and graduated from Lake Worth Community High School. She started as a paralegal working for Richard G. Lubin, P.A. in 1999. In 2003 she enrolled in law school at Nova Southeastern University. She continued her work at the Firm while she attended law school, graduating in December 2006. After graduation, Nicole was hired as an associate for the Firm.

Nicole now manages her own caseload while working with Richard and other lawyers of the Firm on many of their cases. She has a particular expertise in case management, including document control and the use of investigators, trial consultants and expert witnesses. She has taken the lead in preparing and organizing the Firm's focus groups. Nicole works with clients charged in both State and Federal courts.

Nicole has been admitted to practice in the State of Florida and in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. She is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Young Lawyer section of that organization.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time on the water with her husband Chad and their yellow Labrador Retriever Kali.

Steven H. Malone (Of counsel)

Richard G. Lubin, P.A.

Steven H. Malone graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology, and earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 1980. He graduated from law school in the top 10% of his class, and received the Book Award for Constitutional Law. After graduation, Steve was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary legal fraternity based on high academic achievement and community service.

Steve has extensive criminal and civil litigation experience in the state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He has handled well over 100 appeals.

On the criminal litigation side, Steve's career has taken him through some of the most complex cases the law offers. He was a charter attorney and regional supervisor for the Office of the Capital Collateral Representative, representing many death-sentenced inmates in their post-conviction cases through state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. In 1986 he moved to the Public Defender's Office in Palm Beach County, where he represented people accused or convicted of crimes in both capital and non-capital jury trials and appeals. He was also a supervisor in that office, assisting attorneys with their trials, before returning to private practice in 2005.

Steve is a program attorney with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program. In that capacity he works together with Mexican Consulates throughout the Southeast monitoring and assisting lawyers who represent Mexican nationals who face the death penalty. He continues to handle criminal cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels in state and federal court.

Steve's experience in civil litigation is wide-ranging. He represents the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 79, and affiliated unions, in arbitrations over employee discipline. He also represents the Florida Association of State Troopers in employee discipline and criminal defense matters. Steve has litigated civil rights, employment and housing discrimination cases, including class actions, as well as cases involving defamation and First Amendment issues in the courts, and other matters in administrative proceedings. In the Eleventh Circuit, he briefed and argued the lead case in the United States holding that a person with a contagious disease (such as TB or HIV/AIDS) cannot be discriminated against in their employment because of that disability. He was on the brief when the United States Supreme Court upheld that decision, in the landmark case of School Board of Nassau County v. Arline.

Steve is integrally involved in the firm's pretrial motion practice, appellate practice, and preparation and participation in the trial of its complex cases.

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