Lisa Specht

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Lisa Specht is an American lawyer, civic leader, and former television journalist. She is emeritus chair of the board of the Los Angeles Music Center.

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in La Cañada Flintridge, California, Specht graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale and was the first female editor of the law review at the University of San Fernando College of Law.[1]


Specht is a partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips in Los Angeles,[1] providing legal advice to businesses.[2] She has served as a judge pro tem in the West Los Angeles Small Claims Court, and in 1985 ran unsuccessfully for city attorney against James Hahn.[1][3][4]

She worked for KABC-TV for ten years starting in 1979, after getting the idea for legal segments on news broadcasts from the medical segments presented by her friend Art Ulene.[1] In 1991 with Robb Weller, she co-presented the NBC reality show Trial Watch, in which she covered a variety of courtroom cases and interviewed defendants, prosecutors, and jurors.[5][6]

Civic positions[edit]

Specht became chair of the nonprofit board of the Los Angeles Music Center in 2013,[7][8][9] In October 2019 she was succeeded by former city councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski and named chair emeritus;[10] the welcome pavilion at its redesigned plaza was named for her.[11][12] She also served as Chair of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission[2][3] and as a Commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission,[9] and is a trustee of Pitzer College.[13] The weekly Los Angeles Business Journal newspaper named her among the leaders in its August 2017 edition of "The Los Angeles 500: The Most Influential People in Los Angeles".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Specht was married to Ron Rogers, a public relations executive who died in 2016. They owned a cattle ranch in Colorado.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d Steven Herbert (June 15, 1991). "Can You Be Bumped? Is the Cleaner Coming Clean? Ask Lisa Specht". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "LA500: Lisa Specht". Los Angeles Business Journal. July 30, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Kevin Roderick (September 1, 2004). "On Hold: Why Mayor Jim Hahn's In Danger of Losing His Job, When He Should Be the Favorite". Los Angeles magazine. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Specht for City Attorney". Los Angeles Times (editorial). March 28, 1985.
  5. ^ Irv Letofsky (January 28, 1991). "TV Reviews: 'TrialWatch' Turns Into a Trial for Viewers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Hal Erickson (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948–2008. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 266. ISBN 9780786438280.
  7. ^ David Ng (April 24, 2013). "Lisa Specht named Music Center's new board chair". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "Proposed upgrades would give Pavilion a $350-million face lift". Los Angeles Times. November 14, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Lisa Specht, Chair, The Music Center Board of Directors" (PDF).
  10. ^ Deborah Vankin (October 17, 2019). "Music Center chief Rachel Moore's contract extended through 2024". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Music Center Plaza Re-Opens August 2019". Broadway World. June 11, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Civic and Community Leaders Dedicate the Newly Renovated Music Center Plaza, Officially Opening the Accessible Outdoor Venue as 'The Plaza For All'" (press release). Los Angeles Music Center. August 28, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Pitzer College Board of Trustees". Pitzer College. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  14. ^ Joel Rubin (February 21, 2016). "Ron Rogers dies at 72; public relations executive was influential in L.A. civic affairs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2019.