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Timothy Lappen

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Direct: 310.201.3536
Main: 310.203.8080
Fax: 310.712.8536

1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067

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310.203.8080 Ext: 6662

Tim Lappen's practice, spanning almost 40 years, emphasizes representing family offices as well as projects involving general business and real estate law.

Tim represents clients around the country and abroad with a wide range of projects, such as virtually every need of high-net worth individuals, their families and their businesses. His work involves myriad family office matters, general business, real estate, entertainment, hospitality, intellectual property, tax, labor, litigation, land use and more. He also represents entertainers, athletes and others with regard to a variety of projects, including estate planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, philanthropic and general business advice.

Representative Experience:

  • Represents ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, public companies and private businesses as their outside general counsel
  • Represented the largest development in recent Los Angeles history
  • Frequent speaker on Family Office topics at national events


J.D., University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, 1975

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1972

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Supreme Court of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Northern District of California


Trustee, UCLA Law School, 1994-1998 (President, 1997-1998)

Founding Director, UCLA Anderson School of Management Steinbeck Family Business Seminar 2013-present
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Member, UCLA Chancellor's Associates, 1985-1991

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, 1988-present

Director and President, Center for Childhood, 1996-present

Founder and Chairman, Lawyers Against Hunger, then Chairman, Advisory Board, 1995-2011

Member, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Executive Advisory Council, 1992-2000

Member, D.A.R.E. California Board of Directors' Executive Committee, 1993-1995

Fine Autos Editor, Haute Living and Haute Time magazines 2012-present

Member, Checkered Flag 200 Petersen Automotive Museum 2010-present

Member, Motor Press Guild, 2013-present

Director and Corporate Secretary, Dee Construction Company, 1975-present

Director and President, Lappen Realty & Investment Corporation, 1987-2000

Director and President, Santa Monica Protective Association, 1981-1990

AYSO Soccer Coach, 1982-1994

Member, Milken Institute Associates, 2005-2013

Member, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 1992-1995

Member, California Lexington Group, 1992-2000

Advisor, American Academy for Dance and Kindred Arts, 1996-2004

Awards & Recognition

  • Chosen one of Worth Magazine's "Top 100 Attorneys" in the United States
  • Voted "Super Lawyer" by his peers for 2005-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating for virtually his entire career
  • Invited Speaker, Milken Institute Global Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Invited Speaker, Family Office Wealth Conference 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Frequent invited speaker at investor groups, family office events, investment advisory firms, and accounting and business management firms
  • Included in the 2013 edition of the Citywealth Leaders List, a worldwide peer-selected registry