Curriculum Vitae

Lawrence H. Jacobson

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 a Past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. 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 47 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, legal ethics and fee disputes.


  • U.C.L.A. LAW SCHOOL – Juris Doctorate 1967
  • U.C.L.A. – A.B. (Political Science) 1964
  • U.C.L.A. Extension, Certificate in Archaeology (earned with distinction) 2009


Senior Editor, U.C.L.A. Law Review
Insurance Counsel Journal Award
Order of the Coif

Publications (Partial)

  • “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 San Fernando 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;
  • “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 )”. **
  • “Tenancy-in-Common: An Old Dog Learns New Tricks,” 25 California Real Property Journal 25 (2007)* Cited with approval by the Appellate Court in the seminal decision of Easton v. Strassburger, 152 Cal App.3d 90, 199 Cal Rptr 383 (1984)** Won an award for Outstanding Achievement from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA)

Admissions & Associations

  • California State Bar 1968
  • United States Supreme Court 1977
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1982
  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Courts
  • Arbitrator, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • American Bar Association (Business and Real Estate Section)
  • California State Bar Real Estate Sales and Brokerage Steering Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trustee, 2008-2009
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, President 2011-2012
  • Association of Real Estate Attorneys, President 1978-1979
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2016 – Present
  • California Real Estate Expert Witness Group (CREEW)
  • California Real Estate Broker License 1978
  • Newport Beach Association of Realtors, Realtor
  • California Notary Public, March 28, 1973
  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2006 – Present
  • Madison Who’s Who
  • “Spirit of CEB” Award Winner, 2011
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program, 2013-Present
  • State Bar of California Fee Arbitration Program, 2014-Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Client Mediation and Arbitration Service, 2015

Teaching Experience

  • University of San Fernando Valley College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
    (Real Estate Secured Transactions / Administrative Law)
  • Graduate Realtor’s Institute (Instructor))
    U.S.C. Broker Development Program
  • Continuing Education of the Bar:
    • Real Estate Brokerage Practice
    • Current Developments in Real Estate Law 1991-Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Pepperdine School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, U.S.C. School of Law

Firm Affiliations

    07/04 – Present
    11/02 – 06/04
    07/02 – 10/02
  • JACOBSON, WHITE, BORDY & LEVEY, LLP (Senior Partner)
    07/94 – 06/02
    (Of Counsel)
    12/91 – 06/94
  • KINDEL & ANDERSON (Partner)
    12/88 – 11/91
    1975 – 12/88
    (Vice President Legal Affairs)
    1974 – 1975
    1970 – 1974
  • MCA (Legal Staff)
    1969 – 1970
    1968 – 1969
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