Lawrence H Jacobson

Founding Attorney

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Lawrence H. Jacobson received his Bachelor's degree in political science in 1964 from U.C.L.A and his Juris Doctorate in 1967 from the U.C.L.A. School of Law. While at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, Mr. Jacobson was a senior editor of the U.C.L.A. Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He is the Immediate Past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and a member of the Sales and Brokerage Steering Committee of the Real Estate Section of the California State Bar. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Court Systems as well as having been an adjunct professor of law in the area of real estate secured transactions and administrative law, earning a lifetime Community College Instructor Credential in the area of Law. In his over 40 years of practice, he has extensive experience in real estate and business matters, including business entity formation and restructure, purchase and sale of business, succession planning, purchase, sale, management and refinance of commercial and residential real estate, and tax free exchanges. He has written and lectured extensively on business, real estate and ethics related matters including having taught for the U.S.C. Broker Development Program and Graduate Realtors Institute of the California Association of Realtors, as well as having lectured for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and is the recipient of the California Continuing Education of the Bar's 2011 "Spirit of CEB" Award. His article "Brokers Liability for Sale of Defective Homes" was cited with approval by the Appellate Court in the seminal decision of Easton v. Strassburger. He is a contributing author to the California Continuing Education of the Bar two volume treatise "California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation" (winner of the award for outstanding achievement from the Association for Continuing Legal Education) including writing the chapter on "Standard of Care Experts". He is the former Vice-President of Legal Affairs of the California Association of Realtors, Legal Counsel to the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors, the San Fernando Valley Board of Realtors, and California counsel to an international real estate brokerage firm. He is currently legal counsel to the Newport Beach Association of Realtors and a member of the California State Bar Real Estate Sales and Brokerage Steering Committee, all giving Mr. Jacobson extensive expertise in real estate brokerage custom and practice and all real estate related issues. He has testified numerous times as an expert witness in cases involving the interpretation of real estate documents, real estate and mortgage brokers' standard of care and legal malpractice involving real estate, corporate finance, merger and acquisition and legal ethics.

Areas of Practice

  • Housing & Construction Defects
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Broker Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1968
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1967
    • Honors: Insurance Counsel Journal Award
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • U.C.L.A.
    • A.B. - 1964
    • Major: Political Science
  • U.C.L.A. Extension
    • Certificate in Archaeology - 2009
    • Honors: With Distinction

Published Works

  • "Inverse Condemnation, Foreseeability Abandoned in California", U.C.L.A. Law Review 871, 1966
  • "Lessor's Bankruptcy: The Draftsman's Response to the Tenant's Plight", Real Estate Law Journal 152, 1972
  • "State Regulation of Stock Cooperatives", 7 Beverly Hills Bar Journal 12, 1973
  • "The California Lottery Law", 48 California State Bar Journal 58, 1973
  • "Independent Motion Picture Productions", 9 Beverly Hills Bar Journal 33, 1975
  • "Broker's Liability for Sale of Defective Homes", 52 Los Angeles Bar Journal 346, 1977
  • "Resolving Real Estate Disputes Through Arbitration", 27 Am. Jur. Trials 621, 1980
  • "Appraiser's Liability for False or Negligently Prepared Appraisal", 12 Appraisal and Mortgage Underwriting Journal 20, 1990
  • "Acquisition of Mortgage Banking Assets", 36 SanFernando Valley Bar Bulletin 10, 1993
  • "Phantom Income - Understanding Taxable Gain From Foreclosure", Los Angeles Daily Journal, Real Property Law, August 3, 1995
  • "The Expert Witness in Real Estate Litigation: A User's Guide", Real Property Law Reporter, March, 2004
  • "Tax-Free Exchange of Tenancies in Common", California Lawyer, February, 2007
  • "Tenancy-in-Common: An Old Dog Learns New Tricks", 25 California Real Property Journal 25, 2007
  • "On Wearing Two Hats: Ethical Considerations for the Attorney-Expert Witness", California Civil Litigation Reporter, February, 2007
  • Contributing Author, "California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation", Cal CEB, 2009

Representative Cases

  • Easton v. Strassburger, 152 Cal App.3d 90, 199 Cal Rptr, 1984

Representative Clients

  • Moss & Company
  • Newport Beach Association of Realtors
  • Best, Best, Krieger
  • Bronson, Bronson, McKinnon
  • Buchalter, Nemer Driskell & Gordon
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger & Kinsella
  • Hill, Ferrar & Burrill
  • Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro
  • Lieb & Adelman
  • MacCarley & Rosen
  • Manfredi, Levine, Eccles, Miller & Lanson, APC
  • McCarthy & Kroes
  • Meir, Alexander & Dean
  • Plotkin, Marutani & Kaufman
  • Riley & Reiner
  • Rockwell & Meyer
  • Rutan & Tucker, LLP
  • Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff
  • Russell, Mirkovich & Morrow
  • Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
  • Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP
  • Smith & Grant LLP
  • Spolin Silverman Cohen & Bosserman LLP
  • Woodburn and Wedge
  • Law Offices of Diane B. Sherman
  • Law Offices of Gary Adler
  • Law Offices of Julian A. Pollock
  • Law Offices of Howard A. Kapp
  • Law Offices of Larry D. Mikelson
  • Law Offices of Richard Kolber
  • Law Offices of Rodney T. Lewin
  • Law Offices of Timothy Peabody
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
  • Daniels Fine Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP
  • Enenstein & Ribakoff APC
  • Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
  • Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
  • Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Scheper Kim & Harris LLP

Classes & Seminars

  • Lecturer, California CEB
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Real Estate Secured Transactions / Administrative Law, University of San Fernando Valley College of Law, 1982 to 1983
  • Instructor, Broker Development Program, University of Southern California
  • Instructor, Graduate Realtor's Institute

Honors & Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Madison Who's Who
  • "Spirit of CEB" Award Winner
  • Outstanding Achievement from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chairman, Real Property Committee
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Business and Real Estate Section, Member
  • California Association of Realtors, Vice President, Legal Affairs, 1975 to 1976
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • California State Bar Real Estate Sales and Brokerage Steering Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trustee, 2008 to 2009
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immediate Past President
  • Association of Real Estate Attorneys, President, 1978 to 1979
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, Real Estate Brokerage Practice
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, Current Developments in Real Estate Law , 1991 to Present
  • California Real Estate Broker License, 1978 to 1978
  • California Notary Public, 03/1973 to 03/1973
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program, Panel Attorney
  • Newport Beach Association of Realtors, Realtor
  • U.S.C. Broker Development Program

Past Employment Positions

  • Rubin & Jacobson, LLP, 2002 to 2004
  • Lawrence H. Jacobson, A Professional Corporation, 2002 to 2002
  • Jacobson, White, Bordy & Levey, LLP, Senior Partner, 1994 to 2002
  • Saltzburg, Ray & Bergman, Of Counsel, 1991 to 1994
  • Kindel & Anderson, Partner, 1988 to 1991
  • Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1977 to 1987
  • Fischer, Krane, Jacobson & Kabat, Principal, 1975 to 1988
  • California Association of Realtors, Vice President Legal Affairs, 1974 to 1975
  • Freshman, Marantz, Comsky & Deutsch, Associate, 1970 to 1974
  • MCA, Legal Staff, 1969 to 1970
  • Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, Associate, 1968 to 1969

Pro Bono Activities

  • Temple Ner Maarav, Board of Directors
  • Valley Industry & Commerce Associations, Board of Directors
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