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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

Tim Lappen's practice, spanning more than 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 on such disparate projects as estate planning, purchase and sale of residences, other real estate matters, litigation, labor law (especially household labor-related issues), and personal property acquisitions and dispositions (such as fine art, jewelry, other collectibles, yachts, aircraft, and particularly motor vehicles). In addition, Tim represents anyone who has an interest in a luxury home – buyers, sellers, lessors, lessees, developers, architects, general contractors, lenders, borrowers, 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.

Tim is both the founder and chair of the Firm’s Family Office Group and the Firm’s Luxury Home Group. He has presented to audiences and also moderated innumerable panels,

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, as well as buyers and sellers of some of the most expensive homes in America
  • Frequent speaker on Family Office and Luxury Home topics at national events and events sponsored by financial institutions and advisors, business managers, accountants, industry groups and others, both at events for their clients and events for their in-house training


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