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Timothy Lappen

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Tel: (310) 201-3536
Fax: (310) 712-8536

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

Carol Walker
310.203.8080 Ext: 6656

Tim Lappen's practice, spanning more than 35 years, emphasizes representing family offices as well as projects involving general corporate and real estate law, including business and real estate syndications and investments.

Tim is the founder and chairman of the Firm's Family Office Group, as well as a member of the Firm's Corporate, Real Estate, Hospitality, Entertainment and Banking & Finance Groups.

Tim represents clients 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, hospitality, intellectual property, tax, litigation, land use and more. He represents entertainers and athletes 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


Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, 1988-Present

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

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

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

Center for Childhood, 1996-Present
Director and President. (www.CenterForChildhood.org)

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

UCLA Chancellor's Associates, 1985-1991

Dee Construction Company, 1975-Present
Director and Corporate Secretary

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

Santa Monica Protective Association, 1981-1990
Director and President

AYSO Soccer Coach, 1982-1994

Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 1992-1995

California Lexington Group, 1992-2000

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, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating for virtually his entire career
  • Invited Speaker, Milken Institute Global Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Invited Speaker, Family Office Wealth Conference 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Frequent invited speaker at investor groups, family office events, investment advisory firms, and accounting and business management firms

Personal Bio

I am proudest of creating JMBM’s Family Office Group.
Most people don’t know that I am a car, boat and motorcycle mechanic.
The words that best describe me are ‘trusted advisor.’