Hi, thanks for visiting Langpaul Law. My name is Chris Langpaul and I am an attorney at Hubbard Law Firm, P.C. in Urbandale, IA. I practice primarily in real estate law (residential and commercial) and business/corporate law. As a part of my practice, I frequently work with local businesses — from the single person LLC to larger businesses with 50+ employees. I also prepare wills and other estate planning documents for clients.
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I’ve been an attorney at Hubbard Law Firm, P.C. since September 2014. My primary practice areas are real estate law and business law. I handle title opinions, closings, for sale by owner (FSBO) transactions, leases, purchase agreements, landlord/tenant law, new entity formation (corporation, LLC, etc) and any other matters that involve real estate or business issues. Our office closes on average 150-200+ residential real estate purchases or refinances each month.
Prior to joining Hubbard Law Firm, I was an attorney at LaMarca & Landry, P.C. (now LaMarca Law Group) from August 2007 to September 2014. My primary practice areas included business law, commercial law, real estate law and corporate law, with a split between litigation and transactional matters. Among many cases handled during that time period, I successfully defended a claim for an easement by implication over my client’s property, with a trial court verdict in our favor which was later upheld when the Iowa Supreme Court refused to accept the plaintiff’s appeal. Other work included many successful lawsuits brought and/or defended on behalf of real estate developers, landowners and construction companies, as well as negotiation of successful workout agreements with banks and other creditors stemming from the 2008-09 Recession.
While at LaMarca & Landry, a client retained me to serve as General Counsel of a new startup company called OnTheBlock, LLC. OnTheBlock is a tech startup founded in Des Moines, IA and bringing new wholesale and retail solutions to the auto industry. I served as General Counsel at OnTheBlock for most of 2013-14, and remain a consultant for the company.
In 2010 and 2011, I was selected by Drake University to teach Business Law I as an adjunct professor. That class covered multiple areas of the law that affect business and business owners including torts, contracts and the UCC. It is taken primarily by second and third year students in the undergraduate College of Business at Drake. It was a great opportunity to return to Drake, where I did my undergraduate work (2000-2004) and JD/MBA (2004-2007).
I also hold an active Real Estate Salesperson’s license within the States of Iowa and Nebraska.
When not engaged in the practice of law, you can typically find me at home with my wife Emily and daughter Ella, out on a run, or serving at Lutheran Church of Hope. I also had the pleasure of participating in the 2010 Class of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy. The West Des Moines Chamber Leadership Academy is an intensive, year-long, regionally-oriented leadership development program designed to give potential and emerging leaders the skills, knowledge, and ongoing support they need to succeed in the West Des Moines community. It is taught by local leaders for local leaders. Following the year long class, I served on the Board of Directors for the Academy for a three-year term, also chairing the Fundraising Committee for two of those three years.