C.J. Laffer is a land use attorney with extensive experience representing real estate developers, property owners, investors, public agencies and nonprofits in connection with complex regulatory, approval and permitting processes and transactions. He advises clients on a broad range of land use and development issues, including zoning, planning, subdivisions, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and coastal development. C.J. also has substantial litigation experience on CEQA and land use cases, both defending and challenging government actions before trial and appellate courts.

Prior to joining HLKK, C.J. practiced at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

C.J. currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and is a member of the Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board. He was also recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (2018) for his pro bono work with the public interest law firm Bet Tzedek.


University of Southern California, J.D.

University of California, Berkeley, Master of City Planning

University of Michigan, B.A., Economics