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Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D., Esq.

Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D., Esq.

Partner - San Diego

619.814.5800 t
213.236.2817 d
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Jack P. Lipton is a Senior Partner as is Chair of our Education Law Practice Group.  His practice encompasses a wide range of areas, particularly involving public and private schools and colleges.  Jack Lipton has experience in collective bargaining, special education, school facilities, governance, student discipline, human resources, the Brown Act, accreditation, licensing, financial aid, construction, real property transactions, interpretation of the Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, contract review, and other legal issues affecting educational institutions, and he has handled cases in both state and federal courts as well as with the Public Employment Relations Board, the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Employment Commission.  Jack, who has a Ph.D. in Psychology, has a special interest in the field of psychology-and-law.  Jack also has extensive litigation experience, and he has handled writs and appeals before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Jack has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Law, published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

In 1988, Jack received his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Arizona Law Review and graduated in the top 4% of his class.  After law school, Jack served as a Law Clerk to the late Hon. Thomas Tang at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

A member of the California Bar since 1989, Jack is admitted to practice in the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of the U.S. District Court in California, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Jack received a B.A. degree in Psychology, cum laude, from U.C.L.A.  He earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and his Master’s thesis concerned psychological aspects of eyewitness testimony.  Jack received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside; Jack’s doctoral dissertation, sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department, dealt with juries.

Jack Lipton is Principal Bassist and a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Lawyers’ Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jack had a career as an academic psychologist and taught at Humboldt State University, Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., University of Arizona, and Arizona State University.  Also, before earning his Ph.D., Jack taught at Chaffey College, Fullerton College, and San Bernardino Valley College.  Jack has been an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, and at Southwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Education Law.

Jack Lipton has served as a Mediator and an Arbitrator, and he was Foreperson of the Grand Jury for the Central District of California.

Jack has served as Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues of the American Psychological Association (“APA”) where he was involved with amicus briefs on behalf of the APA.  Though currently inactive, Jack is licensed or certified to practice psychology in California, Arizona, and New York.  As a psychologist, Jack has served as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, and he has regularly testified as an expert witness.

Jack is widely published and has given lectures and presentations in forums throughout the United States and abroad such as at universities and professional conferences.  Jack also provides legal assistance to psychologists and other mental health professionals.


  • Ethics Training Workshop , Effective Trusteeship Workshop & Board Chair Workshop, Community College League of California, January 26, 2018
  • Executive Assistants Workshop, Community College League of California Annual Trustees Conference, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, May 5, 2017
  • Ethics Training Workshop, Community College League of California Annual Trustees Conference, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, May 5, 2017
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