Expert Witness

Curriculum Vitae of Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM®

Full Name:          Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM®

Address:              Spring City, Tennessee


Phone:                 423-402-0636



As a Certified Property Manager, I am an expert in real estate management and maintenance, and reasonable national standards of care for commercial properties (office buildings, industrial buildings, retail centers, etc.) and HOA’s including inspection and maintenance procedures, landlord premises liability, financial reporting and fiduciary duties.

As an expert witness since 2015, I have been engaged on a multitude of cases involving reasonable standards of care, fiduciary duties and related topics for commercial properties by attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants. I have testified in court and in depositions both in person and on web based platforms. I handle cases in all 50 United States.

I have been actively and directly involved in the management of real estate since 1984, first as a property manager and later as a property management supervisor, management company co-owner and top executive for national management companies. I have recently (2021) retired from day-to-day property management activities.

Since 2011, I have been actively involved in the education and training of real estate professionals through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMI®). As an instructor for both of these prestigious organizations, teaching accreditation courses in property maintenance, risk management, ethics and finance, I have helped hundreds of real estate professionals advance their understanding and application of these topics. In 2016, I was President of IREM Chapter 22 in Sacramento, California and am currently a member of IREM Chapter 57 in Tennessee.

I currently live in eastern Tennessee and teach real estate courses at the Rollins College of Business, Finance Dept. at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

I am currently an active real estate licensee in California and in Tennessee. I am a member of the Carol Movre team of real estate professionals at ERA Blue Key Properties in Spring City, TN.


Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

Bachelor of Science – Business Administration – University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California

Professional Qualifications:

Vice President, Property Management (Retired 8/21) – Coastal Partners, LLC – a nationwide real estate developer, owner and manager.

Licensed Real Estate Broker – California – Lic. #00823766

Licensed Affiliate Broker – Tennessee – Lic. #363444

Certified Property Manager (CPM®) – Institute of Real Estate Management (

Former Adjunct Professor – California State University Sacramento – College of Business – Real Estate Principles (FIN 19)

Adjunct Professor – University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Gary Rollins College of Business – Real Estate Fundamentals (FIN 3710)

2016 President – Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) Chapter 22 – Sacramento, California

IREM® CPM® of the year – 2014 & 2017

Certified Instructor – IREM® national CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation curriculum – MNT402 (Managing Maintenance Operations and Property Risk), FIN402 (Finance) & ETH800 (Ethics for the Property Manager) and numerous live and webinar courses.

Instructor – BOMI® International (Building Owners and Managers Institute International) – Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I & II and Environmental Health and Safety.

Member – IREM Chapter 57 East Tennessee

Member – IREM® Academy of Authors

Former Member – IREM® Governing Council – IREM® National Organization

Member – IREM® Education and Knowledge Products Committee

Former Member – IREM® Best Practices Working Group – Contributor to 2020 Best Practices publication by the Institute of Real Estate Management (ISBN-13: 978-1-57203-290-3)

Former Member – FEWA® (Forensic Expert Witness Assoc.)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Lapin, J.L. (2018). Do You Speak Finance?: How Owner Buy-In Begins Positioning Potential Expenses as Investments. Journal of Property Management Vol. 83, No. 2, March/April, 2018, 28-30.

Lapin, J.L. (2018). Five Steps Every Property Manager Should Take to Improve Maintenance. Journal of Property Management Vol. 83, No. 3, May/June, 2018, 28-30.

Lapin, J.L. (2017). For Safety’s Sake: A Reasonable Standard of Care for Commercial Properties. Journal of Property Management Vol. 82, No. 1 – Jan/February, 2017, 9-12.