• Lisa Specht

    Partner
    Real Estate and Land Use
    Government Practice
    lspecht@manatt.com
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4298
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224

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    • Memberships & Activities
    • Speaking Engagements

    Profile

    Lisa Specht has extensive experience representing a variety of national and California-based companies and providing strategic advice and representation on significant government contract, business, transportation, land use and public policy issues. Her particular expertise involves assisting clients at the intersection of law, business, and government. She has broad-based experience representing clients seeking government contracts and awards as well as bid protests.  Her practice also focuses on obtaining land use entitlements and environmental approvals for a variety of development projects.  She regularly appears in hearings before legislative bodies, agencies, boards and commissions.

    Ms. Specht represents a variety of government contractors, businesses, developers, and government agencies.  A representative list includes Raytheon, Maximus, Unisys, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the County of Los Angeles, the Related Companies, Playa Capital (Playa Vista), Bed Bath and Beyond, Duty Free Shops of North America, Delaware North Companies and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Ms. Specht previously served on the firm's Management Committee, Board of Directors and Compensation Committee. She has been called upon for various civic assignments, including chairing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and serving as a City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commissioner. She also served as Chief Counsel for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 2000.

     

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Named by California Law Business as one of the "Top 100 Attorneys in California" and as one of the "Top 100 Influential Lawyers in California."

    Named by Los Angeles Business Journal one of the "Most Prominent Attorneys in Los Angeles County."

    Consistently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America

    Included in Best Attorneys in Los Angeles, as published by Best Lawyers.

    Recognized numerous times as a Southern California   "Super Lawyer" in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles Magazine.

    Included in Who's Who of American Women.  

    Named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the "Top Attorneys in Southern California."

    Named by Lawdragon as on of the "500 Leading Dealmakers in America."

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    Recipient of the Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, recognizing excellence in the legal profession and civic involvement.

    Recipient of Women of Achievement Award, the California Legislature.

    Recipient, Woman of Achievement Award, Big Sisters.

    Recipient, Women of Achievement Award, Business & Professional Women's Club.

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    Ms. Specht was a legal commentator for KABC Television, Eyewitness News from 1979 to 1989. 

     

    Publications

    Memberships & Activities

    Chair of the Board, The Music Center (The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles).

    Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges).

    Executive Board, Central City Association.

    Former Member, United States Department of Commerce Industry Policy Advisory Committee. (Secretary of Commerce appointment)

    Former Chair, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission (Mayoral appointment).

    Former  Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission (Mayoral appointment).

    Former Member Women's Leadership Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

    Honorary Director, Legal Momentum (formerly Now Legal Defense of Education Fund).

    Former Director, Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

    Co-Founder and former Chair, Women's Political Committee.

    Former Director, California Women Lawyers.

    Former Executive Board, Town Hall

     

    Speaking Engagements