Jack P. Lipton, Ph.D.
Partner - Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, Oakland, Silicon Valley, Ventura County
Dr. Lipton is a Chair of the firm's Education Law Practice Group. His practice is focused on representing all types of public and private schools and colleges, but also encompasses a wide range of civil litigation areas including mental health, employment, insurance, real estate, and general business litigation. Dr. Lipton has experience in collective bargaining, construction, employment issues, the Brown Act, special education, accreditation, real property contracts, and other legal issues affecting schools and colleges, and he has dealt with the Public Employee Relations Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Dr. Lipton has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, and has handled writs and appeals before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Dr. Lipton is a recipient of the Robert C. Watson award presented annually by the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Dr. Lipton 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, Dr. Lipton 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, Dr. Lipton 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, Dr. Lipton 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.
Dr. Lipton received a B.A. degree in Psychology, cum laude, from U.C.L.A. in 1973. He earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 1975, and his Master’s thesis concerned psychological aspects of eyewitness testimony. In 1979, Dr. Lipton received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside; Dr. Lipton’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, Dr. Lipton 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., Dr. Lipton taught at Chaffey College, Fullerton College, and San Bernardino Valley College. Dr. Lipton 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.
Dr. Lipton 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, Dr. Lipton is licensed or certified to practice psychology in California, Arizona, and New York. As a psychologist, Dr. Lipton has served as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, and he has regularly testified as an expert witness.
Dr. Lipton is widely published and has given lectures and presentations in forums throughout the United States and abroad such as at universities and professional conferences.
Dr. Lipton’s publications have included "Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege Applies to Convicted Child Molester Obtaining Treatment on Parole;" California Psychologist, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 25-26. “Psychological Assessment of the Special Education Needs of Juvenile Offenders” in California Psychologist; “There Is No Liability For Improper Access To Confidential Psychological Patient Records If Released Pursuant To A Court Order” in California Psychologist; “Psychologists Now Can Be Held Liable For Malpractice In Connection With Treatment During 72-Hour Hold” in California Psychologist; “The Identities of Policyholders Who Submit Claims for Psychological Disability May Not Be Disclosed” in California Psychologist; “Psychological Expert Testimony Regarding a Criminal Defendant’s ‘Belief System’ is Relevant and Admissible” in California Psychologist; “Psychologists Can Be Held Liable for Harm Caused by Patients” in California Psychologist; “Review of Leslie Pickering Francis’ Sexual Harassment as an Ethical Issue in Academic Life” in Journal of College and University Law; “Professional Determination That Child Should be Removed From Home is Overruled by California Court of Appeal” in California Psychologist; “Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege Outweighs Criminal Defendant’s Constitutional Rights” in California Psychologist; “Review of Martin P. Golding’s Free Speech on Campus”in Journal of College and University Law; “The Use and Acceptance of Social Science Evidence in Business Litigation After Daubert” in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; “If a Client Sues a Psychologist, Evidence of the Client’s Sexual History May be Admissible at Trial” in California Psychologist; “Courts May Not Delegate Custody or Visitation Decisions to Psychologists” in California Psychologist; “Psychologist Conducting Court-Ordered Custody Evaluation Cannot be Held Liable for Defamation” in California Psychologist; “California Supreme Court Expands Psychotherapist-Patient Confidentiality” in California Psychologist; “Legal Aspects of Eyewitness Identification,” a chapter in Eyewitness Identification: Psychological Knowledge, Problems, and Perspectives; “Rethinking the Admissibility of Medical Treatises as Evidence” in American Journal of Law and Medicine; “Neutral Job Titles and Occupational Stereotypes: When Legal and Psychological Realities Conflict” in Journal of Psychology; “The Criminalization of the Tort Theory of Hidden Defects” in Legal Backgrounder; “Attitudes Concerning the Rights of Children and Adults” in Children’s Legal Rights; “The Constitutionality of Court-Imposed Birth Control as a Condition of Probation” in New York Law School Journal of Human Rights; “Group Ethnic Composition, Leader Ethnicity, and Task Performance: An Application of Social Identity Theory” in Genetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs; “A New Look at the Use of Social Science Evidence in Trademark Litigation” in Trademark Reporter; “Sociocultural Assumptions of Federally Sponsored ‘Follow Through’ Programs” in Journal of Psychology; “Trademark Litigation” in Arizona Law Review; “On the Widespread Acceptance of Dubious Medical Findings” in Journal of Health and Social Behavior; “‘Girl’ ? ‘Woman’ ? ‘Guy’ ? ‘Man’: The Effects of Sexist Labeling” in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research; “On the Application of ‘Pluralism’ to Gender Groups: From the Melting Pot to Androgyny” in Plural Societies; “Foundations for a Chicano Social Psychology,” a chapter in Chicano Psychology; “Racism in the Jury Box: The Hispanic Defendant” in Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences; “The Fear-Affiliation Relationship: A Sociocultural Revisitation” in Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; “A Sociocultural Analysis of Volunteer Work among Chicano and Anglo College Students” in Journal of College Student Personnel; “Further Evidence for Subject Pool Contamination” in European Journal of Social Psychology; “Culture, Personality, and Reactions to Praise and Criticism” in Journal of Personality; “Attitudes of Content Area Teachers Towards Teaching Reading” in Reading Improvement; “On the Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony” in Journal of Applied Psychology; “Responsibility Attribution Among Mexican-American, Anglo, and Black Adolescents and Adults” in Journal of Cross?Cultural Psychology; and "Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege Applies to Convicted Child Molester Obtaining Treatment on Parole" in California Psychologist.
- What You Need to Know About Public Records and Document Retention, California Community College Trustees Conference, May 3, 2013
- The Superintendent's Contract: What Every Trustee Needs to Know, California Latino School Boards Association Unity 2012 Conference, October 5, 2012