Timothy Lappen

Practice Area: Family Office and General Business Law

Company: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP


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


Family Office
Creditors’ Rights
Global Hospitality Group®
Motor Vehicle Group
Real Estate
Trusts & Estates
Broker-Dealer/Investment Management


Broker-Dealer/Investment Management
Motor Vehicle Group
Beverage Alcohol Group

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 (
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
Director and President, Center for Childhood, 1996-Present (
Trustee, UCLA Law School, 1994-1998 (President, 1997-1998)
Member, UCLA Chancellor’s Associates, 1985-1991
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, 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, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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
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

Speaking Engagements

8th Annual Family Office Investment Symposium
Milken Institute’s 2012 Global Conference: Families at an Inflection Point: What Now?
Family Office Association Conference
National Family Office Forum 2012
Family Office Outlook 2012: Constructing the 2012 Family Office


Private Wealth: The 100-Year Estate Plan
Private Wealth: “Little Known Facts: The Complexities of Being an Employer Can Put Those with the Most to Lose at
Greater Risk”

Media Mentions

Los Angeles Business Journal: Lawyer in Luxury Driver’s Seat
Family Office Review: Best Private Client Lawyer
Los Angeles Magazine: The impact of the recession on high net worth individuals
Los Angeles Business Journal: Supercharged for Speedy Edge
Canterbury Chronicle: Dodd-Frank Act Impact on Family Office Structure

Press Releases

JMBM Attorneys Recognized as Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013
2012 Top Attorneys In California – JMBM Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers
2011 Top Attorneys In California – JMBM Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers
2010 Top Attorneys In California – JMBM Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers
Over 45 JMBM Attorneys Listed as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®

1900 Avenue of the Stars, Seventh Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067-4308

Region: Los Angeles

Phone: (310) 201-3536

Company: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP