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2 Jon H. Epsten Sr. Managing Shareholder and General Counsel to the Firm Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group Co-Chair, Construction Law Practice Group Construction Defect Construction Law Civil Litigation Jon H. Epsten is the founding shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC. Jon is a native San Diegan who graduated from the University of San Diego and obtained his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating with scholastic merit. For years, Jon acted as a community association manager. He has attended thousands of association board meetings. Jon s work on behalf of community associations encompasses providing advice on all types of corporate matters including directors' and officers' defense, mold and mildew litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, assessment collection, construction defect litigation, and reconstruction issues. Jon has participated in and been lead counsel on many construction defect cases resulting in multi-million dollar settlements. He advises associations on risk management and insurance and contract issues. Jon also assists in overseeing the firm s Construction Defect and Construction Law Practice Groups Highway 111 Indian Wells CA PH: FX: Ridge Park Dr. Suite 200 Temecula CA (by appointment) PH: Jon has taught as an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law. He is past president of both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has testified as an expert witness in community association-related issues. Additionally, Jon was a contributor to the Continuing Education of the Bar Publication, "Advising California Common Interest Communities." He acts as a law faculty instructor for the Community Associations Institute. Most recently, Jon was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as among the Best of the Bar 2014, and by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego s 2014 Top Lawyers. Jon is an active member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), was a member of its Professional Standards Committee, and has been appointed to the CACM faculty. Jon is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CAI), the San Diego County Bar Association and the Foothills Bar Association. Jon was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and has received the CAI National Hall of Fame Award. He has been the cochair of the Committee on Common Interests Subdivisions for the State Bar, and acted as a probation monitor for the State Bar.
3 Douglas W. Grinnell Shareholder Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group Construction Defect Doug Grinnell is a shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC. He graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 1976 with a degree in political science and received his law degree from Pepperdine University in Doug has been an active trial attorney since From 1980 to 1984, he served as a trial attorney with the United States Navy. Since 1984, he has engaged exclusively in the representation of homeowners, community associations and consumers. He has been responsible for numerous classaction, multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. Doug has handled more than 150 construction defect cases in California and, in 1996, was the recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for the highest construction defect judgment ever in the State of California ($15.5 million). Doug is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and serves as Chairman of CAOC s Homeowners Rights Committee. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and the California Association for Community Managers (CACM). He has lectured frequently at Continuing Legal Education courses throughout California and has published many articles on the topics of construction defects and community association law. An avid outdoorsman, Doug enjoys running, biking, hiking, golfing and skiing.
4 Mary M. Howell Shareholder Chair, Senior Communities Practice Group Senior & Fair Housing Civil Litigation Mary Howell graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1972 with a B.A. in biology. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. In practice in San Diego since December of that year and now a shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, Mary's practice is limited to the representation of community associations. Clients include associations in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties. In addition to counseling associations on corporate governance and interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, Mary s case work on behalf of associations encompasses litigation of CC&R enforcement cases, appellate representation, defense of common interest developments (e.g., breach of fiduciary obligation, wrongful termination, failure to maintain) and actions for declaratory relief Highway 111 Indian Wells CA PH: FX: Ridge Park Dr. Suite 200 Temecula CA (by appointment) PH: A long-time champion of senior housing, Mary is well-known for her advocacy of seniors and her work on behalf of senior communities in California. As a respected authority on the topic, she has authored texts for attorneys on the federal and California laws that relate to age restricted communities. Mary has been lauded for her work by numerous civic organizations and state and local governments. Mary has also been an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and has authored numerous articles and handbooks for homeowner associations, including Small Claims Court for Homeowner Associations, and the Resource Manual for California Senior Communities. Mary has served as a judge pro tem for San Diego County courts, and has appeared in various cases as an expert witness on community association issues. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the State Bar's Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection. Between 1994 and 2013, Mary has served as an instructor for the California State Bar s Continuing Education of the Bar classes on community associations and the Davis-Stirling Act. She is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and a frequent lecturer at CAI s national Community Association Law Seminar, as well as CACM's annual legal Symposium. Mary is a member of CAI s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). She serves on CAI's amicus team, and CACM's legislative committee. She recently co-authored the updated CEB text on Advising California Common Interest Developments, published in In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Mary as a Top Attorney in the Real Estate & Construction Transactional practice category.
5 Susan M. Hawks McClintic Co-Managing Shareholder Chair, Community Association Transactional Practice Group Sue Hawks McClintic graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in Originally from Nebraska, Sue joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, as an associate in October 1990 and became a shareholder in Lauded for her ability to find practical and efficient solutions to client matters, Sue was appointed to supervise the firm s transactional law department in 2008 and was named co-managing shareholder in August During her more than twenty year career in community association law, Sue has developed a special expertise in document interpretation, amendment, and restatement. Each fall, Sue is a featured speaker at the Epsten Grinnell & Howell Legal Symposium where she educates an audience of more than 550 clients and guests on newly passed laws that affect Common Interest Developments. Sue has given more than 20 presentations on Davis-Stirling 2014 to nearly 500 community association managers and board members. Sue is past co-chair of the Common Interest Development subsection of The Real Property Section of the California State Bar Association. She regularly participates in seminars and contributes to newsletters and other publications. She has also served as a consultant to review proposed chapters of books to be published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a branch of the California State Bar Association.
6 Kieran J. Purcell Shareholder Kieran Purcell graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in After serving seven years in the United States Navy, Kieran joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell as a law clerk while attending California Western School of Law. Upon graduation in April 1995, Kieran became an attorney with the firm where his work on behalf of community associations includes providing advice on all types of corporate matters including litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents and reconstruction issues. He has been a shareholder of EG&H since Kieran spent three terms on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), where he served as its President, co-chaired the National Seminar Committee and co-chaired the Golf & Tennis Charity Classic. Currently, Kieran serves on the Legislative Support Committee for the San Diego Chapter, in support of CAI s California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC), and teaches the Common Interest Development Law Course. During his tenure with CAI, Kieran has earned the San Diego Chapter s President s Award three times, and in 2006 received the Samuel L. Dolnick Lifetime Achievement Award. A Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, Kieran commands US Pacific Command Detachment 701 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and recently received the Legion of Merit medal for his work in support of the Navy s Japanese Tsunami and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A former President of the San Diego Chapter of the University of Colorado Alumni Association, Kieran served 5 years on the University s National Alumni Board of Directors. Kieran is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the American Legion, Post 275.
7 Anne L. Rauch Shareholder Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group Construction Defect Civil Litigation Anne Rauch graduated magna cum laude from California State University, San Diego, with a degree in psychology in 1992, received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (USD) and has practiced law in California since Anne practices in the areas of general civil litigation focusing primarily on design and construction disputes, and litigation involving real estate transactions and property rights. She handles complex litigation matters and has honed her skills in civil law and motion practice to the benefit of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC s association and commercial clients who find themselves in litigation. She has also handled many appellate matters for the firm s clients. Her work on civil writs and appeals has resulted in several published decisions shaping the law in construction claims in Bodell Construction Company v. Trustees of The California State University (1998) 62 Cal.App 4th 1508 (representing the Trustees), Kettner Homeowners Association v. Superior Court (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 1055; Villa Vicenza Homeowners Association v. Nobel Court Development LLC (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 963 (review granted); Pinnacle Museum Tower Association v. Pinnacle Market Development (US), LLC (2012) 55 Cal.4th 223 (as counsel for amici curiae Consumer Attorneys of California and Executive Council of Homeowners), to name a few. Anne has also given back to the legal community in a variety of ways by serving as pro bono counsel on matters of widespread public interest. For example, she represented the Coalition for the Restoration of Parental Rights, as amicus curiae, before both the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, resulting in the published opinion of In Re Marriage of Harris (2004) 34 Cal. 4th 210. In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Anne as a Top Attorney in the Real Estate & Construction Litigation category. While in law school, Anne served as a Judicial Extern at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Women s Law Caucus at the University of San Diego School of Law, and in her third year of law school served as the liaison between the USD Women s Law Caucus and the Lawyer s Club of San Diego. Anne is now active in the legal community as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Community Associations Institute, and from served as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Anne is also active in the San Diego community as a member of The Thursday Club Juniors, a division of The Thursday Club, a philanthropic organization founded in Balboa Park in 1921 that supports multiple community service projects in San Diego each year.
8 Debora M. Zumwalt Senior Attorney Co-Chair, Assessment Recovery Practice Group Assessment Recovery Debora Zumwalt graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 1984 with degrees in economics and political science. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law in Debora s entire legal career has been spent representing community associations throughout Southern California. She joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, in 1994, where she supervises the firm s Assessment Recovery Department. Debora oversees nearly 3,000 collection matters and her department has successfully collected millions of dollars in delinquencies for association clients. Debora frequently publishes articles on assessment recovery issues in the firm s newsletter, as well as in industry-related publications. Debora recently retired as a Girl Scout leader after 13 years of leading her daughter s Girl Scout troop. She continues her long-time volunteering at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
9 Rian W. Jones Senior Attorney Chair, Litigation Practice Group Civil Litigation Rian W. Jones is the supervising attorney of our General Litigation Department. He has over 28 years of experience as a litigator and has tried over 50 Superior Court jury trials. Prior to joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell in 2008, Rian was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith,and prior to that a partner and trial counsel at Cuff, Robinson & Jones. His current practice focuses on all aspects of civil litigation handled by the firm including enforcement of CC&Rs, the defense of homeowner associations and HOA boards, Employment Law, Real Property issues and General Liability claims including environmental claims (mold, asbestos, etc.). Rian has earned an AV Preeminent TM Peer Review Rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In 2014, San Diego Magazine named Rian as one of San Diego s 2014 Top Lawyers. During his career as a litigator, Rian has successfully handled lawsuits involving claims of personal injury, property damage, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract, toxic tort claims, employment law/wrongful termination claims, fraud, conversion and unfair business practices. Rian attended Brigham Young University and Western State University in San Diego (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) where he received his B.S. (1981) and J.D. (1984) degrees. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1985 and also is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a lecturer for various continuing legal education programs dealing with Civil Procedure, Litigation, Depositions and Jury Selection. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Courts from 2000 to 2006, hearing settlement conferences, and has been an Arbitrator on the Court s approved panel since 1990, having heard and decided over 100 arbitrations in that time. Rian is a native San Diegan and is active in his community. He has served as a Boy Scout Leader in various capacities including as a Varsity Team Coach and Explorer Post Advisor. Besides a life-long love for camping and hiking, Rian enjoys travel, photography, and golf. He is also fluent in Italian.
10 Vincent J. Sincek Senior Attorney Civil Litigation Vince Sincek is a native San Diegan. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the College of San Luis Rey in Vince s early career was that of a Licensed Land Surveyor in the State of California. His strong aptitude for mathematics and trigonometry soon propelled him into civil engineering where his land use experience, the recommendations of others in the profession, and the successful completion of a State of California licensing examination earned him the professional designation Registered Civil Engineer. Vince spent fifteen years in the engineering and land use professions, including owning and managing his own firm. In 1997, Vince earned his law degree cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law. Joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell in the spring of 1998, his expertise in engineering and land use has enabled him to make valuable contributions to the firm s real estate and construction law practice areas. Respectfully dubbed the dirt expert by his EG&H colleagues, Vince continues to be an important source of knowledge in legal matters involving litigated boundary disputes, drainage, land use and easement issues. He also represents homeowner associations in governance matters.
11 Joyce J. Kapsal Senior Attorney Civil Litigation Construction Defect Joyce graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona where she obtained her B.A. degree in political science and J.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Joyce joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell in October 2004, and is a member of the firm s litigation department. Joyce s practice is devoted to representing condominium and homeowner associations in all types of litigation related matters including CC&R disputes, enforcement actions, small claims appeals, property disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, view disputes, fair housing and construction related matters. She also represents condominium and homeowner associations in mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. In her early years of practice, Joyce served as a research attorney for the San Diego County Superior Court where she honed her research and writing skills which has since resulted in five published appellate decisions and numerous unpublished decisions. Joyce is licensed to practice law in California and Arizona and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Joyce is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Arizona and the San Diego County Bar Association.
12 John (Jay) W. Hansen Senior Attorney Jay Hansen graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1967 with a degree in chemistry and did additional graduate work in chemistry, mathematics and education. After ten years of public school teaching, he obtained his law degree with honors in 1979 from I.I.T./Chicago Kent College of Law. Since then, he has devoted his practice to community association law, in Illinois from 1979 to1985, and in California from 1985 to the present. Jay has been chosen to be a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) College of Community Association Lawyers, an honor conferred on approximately 120 lawyers nationwide, eighteen in California and three in Epsten Grinnell & Howell. He has been active as a writer and speaker on community association issues on both the local and national level, focusing on issues concerning association meetings, parliamentary law, insurance, and drafting governing documents. Since 2005 he has taught CAI's "Essentials" class for association board members and managers for the San Diego Chapter and periodically for other chapters. He has also taught CAI's Common Interest Development Class. In 2004, his article "Difficult Parliamentary Issues in Meetings, Elections and Voting" was selected for publication in the Journal of Community Association Law. For an article on record keeping, Jay received an Editor's Award in 2003 from CAI's Greater Inland Empire Chapter and received the Speaker of the Year Award in 2004 from CAI's San Diego Chapter. Since about 2001, he had prepared the firm s annual Community Association Law Resource Book which contains the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, pertinent sections of the Corporations Code and other relevant statutes applicable to community associations. Jay also prepares a series of checklists that are part of the Community Association Law Resource Book to assist boards and community association managers in fulfilling their statutory duties. He has also developed a checklist and explanation of key coverage issues to seek or to avoid when selecting community association insurance policies, and has published multiple articles on association insurance issues. He has taught seminars and a multi-session course for community association board members through local community colleges both in California and Illinois. Before moving to California, Jay drafted portions of 1984 amendments to Illinois Condominium Property Act and was one of the co-authors of the 1985 Historical and Practice Notes to Illinois Condominium Property Act, Illinois Annotated Statutes (Smith-Hurd), West Publishing Company.
13 Lori F. Bessler Senior Attorney Co-Chair, Construction Law Practice Group Construction Law Civil Litigation Lori F. Bessler is Co-Chair of the firm s Construction Law Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex litigation involving construction, real property, and contractual disputes, as well as advising clients in the negotiation of contracts and pursuit of alternate dispute resolution. Lori has nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of matters including construction issues, breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, property disputes, easements, unfair business practices, fraud and intentional torts. Lori also provides strategic counsel to clients on construction related transactional matters, including the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts with the goal of avoiding litigation. She has successfully mediated and arbitrated more than 100 disputes. Lori is admitted to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California. She is a Barrister of the Hon. Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court. She is also a member of the State Bar of California and San Diego County Bar Association, Construction Section. Lori is certified in construction compliance by Lorman Education Services and is an associate member of the Contractors Owners Association of America. Lori received her juris doctor in 1996 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and on the Dean s List. As an undergraduate, she was an intern to the Hon. Bert Glennon, Jr., Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Lori enjoys volunteer work and recently joined the Children at Risk Committee of the San Diego Bar. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of PAWS, San Diego, and volunteered for School on Wheels, tutoring children living in the Salvation Army transitional village.
14 Nancy I. Sidoruk Director of Practice Development Nancy I. Sidoruk received her B.A. in political science in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an Alumni Scholar and member of the University of California Marching Band, completing her undergraduate degree in just three years. She earned her law degree from the University of La Verne in January 1994, graduating first in her class, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in June of that year. Nancy was a scholarship student, law review editor-in-chief, moot court finalist, and honored in subjects including real property, torts, and analysis of unfair business practices. She was also a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division Two. At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, Nancy counsels clients on issues including meetings, elections, document interpretation and enforcement, director duties and responsibilities, corporate governance and related transactional matters. In addition to client work, Nancy is the firm s Director of Practice Development, producing, editing and authoring educational materials for the E-NEWS from EG&H newsletter, coediting the Community Association Law Resource Book, and handling responsibilities related to legislative and industry activities, firm programming, publications and practice growth Ridge Park Dr. Suite 200 Temecula CA (by appointment) PH: Nancy is a dedicated Community Associations Institute (CAI) chapter and CAI California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) volunteer. She is currently serving a three-year term on the CAI-Greater Inland Empire (CAI-GRIE) chapter board of directors and is its 2015 president. Nancy was the CAI- GRIE legislative support committee (LSC) chair from and has served as the chapter s CLAC liaison ( ) and CLAC delegate (2010-present). As a CLAC delegate, Nancy now serves on CLAC s Legislative Strategy & Research Committee. Under Nancy s LSC leadership, CAI-GRIE was named 2009 CLAC Turn-Around Chapter for fostering member interest in legislative issues and improving contributions by 35% in a single year. For her 2010 efforts, Nancy received the CAI-GRIE President s Award and was the 1st recipient of CLAC s statewide Volunteer of the Year award. She led the CAI-GRIE LSC to a CAI National award for Chapter Management & Development in April 2013 and the CAI-GRIE Committee of the Year Award in December Nancy is a frequent author on community association legal topics, twice served as CAI-GRIE magazine editor, was recognized as 2003 Committee Chair of the Year, and remains an active magazine committee member and contributor. She has spoken at educational programs including CLAC Legislative Day at the Capitol and CAI Essentials for Community Association Leadership. Nancy has also contributed to The Law Journal, published by the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). In 2006, Nancy received her M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, earning a 4.0 GPA and membership in the Whitehead Leadership Society for leadership and academic excellence. She holds a certificate in geographic information systems (GIS). Before working with community associations, Nancy practiced criminal and personal injury law with an emphasis on negotiation, and taught as an adjunct professor of paralegal studies. She also brings practical business experience as a marketing professional, especially serving the community associations industry.
15 Carrie M. Timko Senior Attorney Civil Litigation Carrie M. Timko has been an attorney with Epsten Grinnell & Howell since She was born and raised in Warren, Ohio and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Kent State University in After being awarded a full scholarship to Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, she graduated cum laude in December 2002 with her Juris Doctor. Carrie also earned her Master of Business Administration from Stetson University in While she assists her clients with general corporate matters, her practice focuses on litigation, including enforcement actions, contract issues, and government claims. Carrie has also succeeded on several appellate matters before the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego and Orange Counties. She has authored several articles on relevant community association issues for industry publications, and has spoken at several industry events. Carrie is a member of the California and Hawaii Bars, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She has also participated in the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court, and has served on the Educational Committee for the San Diego Chapter of CAI. She currently serves on the Legal Steering Committee for CACM.
16 Karyn A. Larko Senior Attorney Karyn Larko joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, after graduating cum laude from California Western School of Law in While attending law school, Karyn worked as a law clerk for Ezekiel Cortez, a prominent federal criminal attorney in San Diego. Karyn has more than fifteen years of business management, marketing and public relations experience. She has worked for both start-up and multi-national firms in California and abroad. Most recently, Karyn was an executive with Creation Integrated Media, the marketing arm for one of San Diego s largest public corporations. As a result of her substantial business experience, Karyn possesses well-honed communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills, which are of particular benefit in the practice of community association law. Karyn assists the firm s clients with covenant and rule enforcement, document interpretation and amendment, ADA and DFEH matters, maintenance and easement issues, dispute resolution, and a wide range of other legal matters. Since joining the firm s transactional law department, Karyn has earned a reputation among both clients and colleagues for being knowledgeable, accessible, and timely in response. Karyn has also taken the lead in assisting the firm s condominium association clients with FHA certification and recertification. Karyn holds a bachelor s degree in commerce and administration with a major in marketing and business operations from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.
17 Jodi A. Konorti Jodi A. Konorti graduated from California Western School of Law in Jodi originates from Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds her bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. While at California Western, Jodi served on the Board of Editors as Executive Lead Articles Editor for the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and was an Honors Instructor for Legal Skills I. Jodi also served as a Judicial Extern to Justice Alex C. McDonald in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One. After passing the California State Bar in 2005, Jodi was Associate General Counsel for one of San Diego s largest real estate brokerages, until she moved to private practice. Jodi practiced in the area of real estate law where she represented real estate brokers, agents, and private parties in transactional and litigation matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, residential and commercial real property purchase and sale disputes, residential and commercial lease disputes, and easement disputes. Jodi joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, in 2008 as a transactional attorney and assists the firm s clients with document interpretation and amendment, contract review and negotiation, dispute resolution, easement issues, covenant enforcement, corporate governance, and a multitude of other common interest development and real estate matters. Since joining the firm, Jodi has authored and published numerous legal advisories and magazine articles on a wide-range of common interest development legal issues and has gained a reputation for bringing reason to high-conflict disputes and being prompt in project completion and response. Jodi is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the Real Estate Division of the San Diego County Bar Association. Jodi is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Association Institute s Common Assessment magazine committee.
18 Steven L. Banks Senior Attorney Civil Litigation Steve Banks graduated in 1981 from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. While at USC, Steve served as the publicity director of the University Speakers Committee. After working in radio and television broadcasting, Steve earned his law degree in 1986 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the San Diego Law Review and President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Steve is experienced in complex litigation involving the design and construction of residential, governmental, and commercial buildings. He also handles litigation matters involving consumer class actions, defective products, premises liability, real estate transactions and property rights. Steve is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and San Diego County Bar Association.
19 William S. Budd Senior Attorney Civil Litigation Bill Budd is a cum laude graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, Bill was on the editorial staff of the law review, competed as an oral advocate in the American Bar Association moot court competition, and taught a writing seminar for first semester law students for three semesters. Bill brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the practice of law. Prior to attending law school, Bill worked as a community association manager for over ten years, during which time he attended more than 800 board meetings. He also earned the prestigious PCAM designation, demonstrating his commitment to the community association industry. Bill is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of business and community association management, including construction, maintenance, finance, and personnel matters. He has also testified in Superior Court as an expert witness on community association issues.
20 Gordon A. Walters Construction Defect Gordon Walters graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in A native east coaster, Gordon is originally from Princeton, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also received a citation from the College Park Scholars Program. As a law student Gordon participated in several Moot Court competitions and was a member of the Intellectual Property Legal Association, as well as the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Gordon worked as a law clerk with the civil litigation firm Rockwood & Noziska LLP, where he gained experience in construction defect litigation, insurance litigation and corporate law. Gordon is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, and the San Diego County Bar Association.
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