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Timothy Lappen

Partner, Founder & Chairman, Family Office Group and Luxury Home Group
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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 some 40 years, emphasizes representing clients as their “outside general counsel” in virtually any legal matter of importance to them, anywhere in the world.  Tim’s work involves myriad family office matters, luxury homes, business, general residential and commercial 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.

Tim is particularly well-known for his pioneering work with local, United States and international family offices as well as anyone who has an interest in a luxury home – buyers, sellers, lessors, lessees, developers, architects, general contractors, lenders, borrower and owners who need advice on such disparate matters as contracts, boundary disputes, litigation, land-use and zoning and even labor and employment issues involving the household staff.  His expertise extends to projects involving general business law.  He is especially effective in his work with family-owned and other closely-held businesses as he can advise such clients on a wide range of topics.  As one of the founding directors of the twice-yearly U.C.L.A. Anderson School Steinbeck Family Business Program, he speaks often on the matters of particular importance to such clients. 

As founder and chair of the Firm’s Family Office Group and the Firm’s Luxury Home Group, Tim has moderated a number of panels, most recently including two panels at the Lido Consulting Tenth Annual Family Office Investment Symposium, including the Private Family Office Roundtable and the Family Office Panel Discussion with David Cohen (Karlin Real Estate), David Nazarian (Nimes Capital) and Tony Pritzker (Pritzker Group) and both panels at Haute Living’s Second Annual Los Angeles Luxury Real Estate Summit with some of the top real estate agents in Southern California:  “Power Players Under 40” and “$100 Million Producers.”

Representative Experience:

  • Represents individuals, families, family offices, public companies and private businesses as their outside general counsel
  • Represents clients across the entire spectrum of wealth on myriad matters
  • Represented the largest development in recent Los Angeles history
  • Frequent speaker on Family Office and Luxury Home topics at national events and events sponsored by financial institutions and advisors, business managers, accountants and others, both at events for their clients and events for their in-house training
  • Invited speaker for an unprecedented eight years, Milken Institute Global

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

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

Contributor, HauteResidence.com

Awards & Recognition
  • Chosen one of Worth Magazine's "Top 100 Attorneys" in the United States
  • Voted "Super Lawyer" by his peers for 2005-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating for virtually his entire career
  • Invited Speaker, Milken Institute Global Conference, 2005-2012
  • Invited Speaker, Family Office Wealth Conference 2004-2009, 2014-2015
  • Frequent invited speaker at investor groups, family office events, investment advisory firms, and accounting and business management firms
  • Included in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Citywealth Leaders List, a worldwide peer-selected registry
  • Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016-2018, named 2018 Lawyer of the Year