James V. Lacy
& Lacy LLP
Civic Center Plaza
30011 Ivy Glenn Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
JAMES V. LACY is
co-founder and managing partner of Wewer & Lacy, LLP. Mr. Lacy
has over 25 years of experience as a manager and director of nonprofit
organizations, and has acted as legal counsel to charitable organizations
and other nonprofits since 1979. Mr. Lacy advises clients in obtaining
and maintaining federal and state tax exemption. He also assists
public policy organizations and trade associations in obtaining
the full range of nonprofit benefits for their organizations, including:
nonprofit postal permits; organization of tax deductible supporting
charitable foundation subsidiaries; and establishment of separate
segregated funds for political action. Mr. Lacy has experience conducting
executive benefits transactions, and conducting administrative litigation
in both U.S. Postal Service appeals and state charitable authority
enforcement actions. Mr. Lacy also conducts Federal and state court
litigation on first amendment public policy issues of concern to
nonprofit organization and individuals.
Mr. Lacy is admitted to practice in California
and the District of Columbia, and is admitted before the United
States Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Fourth,
Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and to various Federal
Previously, Mr. Lacy served as Chief Counsel
for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1989-91.
He was responsible for supervising the legal department for the
Technology Administration, which includes the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Technology
Mr. Lacy served as General Counsel to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1987-89), where he played
a key role in negotiating the national safety settlement and Consent
Decree with the All-Terrain Vehicle industry approved by U.S. District
Court Judge Gerhard Gessell, and managed other Federal court litigation
involving enforcement of product safety laws. He also has served
as Director of Export Trading Company Affairs in the International
Trade Administration (1984-87), where he managed an antitrust certification
program for U.S. exporters; and as a business liaison aide to the
late Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige (1981-84).
In 1978, Mr. Lacy was a co-founding director
of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, with California’s
Proposition 13 author, the late Howard Jarvis, which has grown to
have the largest membership of any taxpayer organization in California.
Since 1975, Mr. Lacy has served on the Board
of Directors of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the
Ocean Institute, the American Conservative Union, and Young America’s
Foundation, a charitable educational organization, which now owns
and maintains former President Ronald Reagan’s “Western
White House,” Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara, California.
Mr. Lacy was instrumental in opening the negotiations which resulted
in the Foundation’s acquisition of the Western White House,
which is being preserved for its historical value for future generations.
Mr. Lacy was appointed by the Board of Governors
of the California State Bar to the Committee on Federal Courts (1995-98).
He also has served as a Member of the Administrative Conference
of the United States. He currently serves as a member of the Republican
State Central Committee of California.
Mr. Lacy also handles significant First Amendment
litigation. He has served as counsel of record in two important
Federal court cases, both resulting in permanent Federal court injunctions
against the “slate mail” restrictions of Proposition
208 (2001) and Proposition 34 (2002). Additionally, in 2000 Mr.
Lacy represented leaders of a nonprofit organization and won a two-day
trial in Orange County Superior Court against City Council Members
of the City of Mission Viejo on seven counts of violation of the
state’s sunshine law, the Brown Act. And in 2007, Mr. Lacy
successfully settled Brown Act claims for a client against the Capistrano
Unified School District, resulting in negotiated sanctions against
the district to help stop closed session abuses.
Mr. Lacy received his Juris Doctorate degree
from Pepperdine University and his undergraduate degree in International
Relations from the University of Southern California, with summer
study in Switzerland at the University of Geneva’s Cours sur
les Institutions Internationales. Mr. Lacy has published articles
in several journals, including the Stanford Journal of International
Law (“The Effect of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982
on U.S. Export Trade,” Volume 23, Issue 1, 1987).
He lives in the coastal community of Dana
Point, California with his wife, Janice, and their Bavarian-born
and titled German Shepard, "Ibo." From 1998 - 2006, he served as
a Planning Commissioner, Chairman of the Planning Commision, member
of the City Council, Acting Mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem of the City
of Dana Point. Mr. Lacy has also been a member of the Board of Directors
of the Orange County Fire Authority, which is responsible for providing
fire safety and paramedic services to 22 cities in the County. The
son of opera singers, he and Janice are dedicated supporters of
the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and enjoy classical music.