Adams Stirling PLC
 IN THE NEWS - 2011
YEAR: 2015, 2014, 2013 2012, 2011
12-20-11. Adrian Adams served as an expert and testified in Guttman v. Glen Towers. Mr. Adams' testimony helped the association successfully defend against the claim.

Tina Chu and Nathalie Ross awarded Diane Hilliard of the Ross Morgan Management Company with the Recruiter of the Year award for the Los Angeles chapter of CAI luncheon held at the Skirball Center.

Tina Chu was elected to the 2012 Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

12-1-11. Azy Saghian's article What to Look for in Construction Contracts, was published in "Connect," the magazine for CAI's Inland Empire chapter. Issue 4 2011. The article covers essential contract clauses that boards and managers need to be aware of.

11-8-11. Adrian Adams, Principal of Adams Kessler PLC, participated in a Legislative Update Luncheon for the CAI Coachella Valley Chapter’s at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert. Other participants were attorneys Steve Tinnelly and Steve Roseman.

11-19-11. Tina Chu and Nathalie Ross volunteer at Los Angeles Food Bank with CAI Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s Community Outreach Committee. They packed "care packages" and fed 3,270 Senior Citizens.

10-21-11. Chuck Fenton and Adrian Adams spoke at the annual CAI Legal Forum held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Their topic titled "The Builder Fix It Law, Is It Working?" which dealt with the impact of SB 800 on the construction defect industry.

10-17-11. Adrian Adams spoke at the South Coast Homeowners Association-an association of homeowner associations in the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Mr. Adams spoke about the use (and misuse) of email in conducting association business, and the use of alternative dispute resolution services both internally and in lieu of the court system.

10-7-11. Nathalie Ross participated in the Coachella Valley CAI Chapter’s Western Roundup held at Sunshine Landscape in Palm Desert.

10-1-11. Nathalie Ross is named Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee and Co-Chair of the Business Expo Committee for 2012 for the Coachella Valley Chapter of CAI.

8-11-11. Adrian Adams spoke on legal issues involving highrises for CAI's two-day "Highrise Certification" class for managers. Also participating was Marshall Johnson, PCAM, President of the CWD Group in Seattle, Washington.

Adrian Adams participated in “Almost Free Legal” at CAI Channel Islands Chapter luncheon. The other panelists were attorneys Lisa Tashjian and Steve Roseman.

4-1-11. Gary Kessler and Adrian Adams spoke at the Monarch Management Group's Annual Manager's Conference at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The topic of the seminar was "Taking Care of Business." It focused on homeowner association legal liability and when to call legal counsel. Monarch Management Group holds their annual educational event for managers, board members and homeowners. Over 150 board members and managers were in attendance.

11-1-10. Gary Kessler's article "Simplifying the Davis-Stirling Act: Progress Report" was published in Focus Magazine.

Focus is a publication of the Los Angeles Chapter of Community Associations Institute.

Nov. 2010. Adrian Adams participated in the Hollywood Esquires luncheon for the Coachella Valley CAI Chapter at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert.

9-23-10. Gary Kessler and Adrian Adams spoke at the 83rd Annual meeting of the California State Bar. They addressed other lawyers from around the state on the topic of Homeowners Associations and Common Interest Developments. Attorney Luis Ventura joined them in a discussion on collection issues.
Adams Kessler PLC
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(800) 464-2817
ADAMS KESSLER PLC is a law firm specializing in community associations throughout California. We offer a full range of services such as:
  • CC&R & Bylaw amendments
  • Architectural standards
  • Election rules
  • Rules enforcement
  • Contract formation
  • Maintenance & mold policies
  • Disability compliance
  • Litigation services
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Restraining orders
  • Employment law compliance
We serve the following communities:
  • Master Planned
  • Highrise
  • Commercial Condominiums
  • Waterfront Communities
  • Mixed Use Developments
  • Golf and Country Club Associations
  • Resort Communities
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Stock Cooperatives
  • Office Condominiums
  • Senior Housing Communities
  • Mobile Home Park Associations
  • Business Park Associations
  • Community Apartments
  • Property Owner Associations
Unlike other firms whose main practice areas include personal injury, family and entertainment law with a small homeowner association practice, we specialize in community association law. We are not distracted by nor are our energies diverted into unrelated areas of the law.

We stay current on all matters affecting the industry and alert our clients about significant trends and changes in the law.


As corporate counsel to community associations, we advise boards of directors on how to comply with the Davis-Stirling Act, the Corporation Code, anti-discrimination laws, and all applicable administrative regulations and statutes affecting common interest developments. We advise boards on day-to-day operations, including interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, fiduciary duties of directors, amending and restating governing documents, preparing and enforcing vendor contracts, board meetings, election issues, employment law, etc.

Managing Conflict. As a firm, we try to keep our clients out of costly litigation. To that end, we provide boards with risk analysis, cost estimates, and options for managing conflict, including mediation and arbitration. When alternative dispute resolution proves ineffective, we litigate aggressively to win the dispute on behalf of our clients.

Contracts. Each year, associations routinely enter into contracts long-term services as well as special projects. We assist boards with negotiating and drafting contracts, interpreting existing agreements, and enforcing them when contractors fail to abide by their terms. Contracts include, but are not limited to:
  • Roofing
  • Landscaping
  • Laundry services
  • Security
  • Elevator maintenance
  • Street paving
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Valet
  • Management services
  • Employment agreements

We provide boards with risk analysis, cost estimates, and options when it comes to litigation matters. When dispute resolution is not possible, we litigate aggressively to win the dispute on behalf of our clients.
  • Rules enforcement
  • Contract disputes
  • Employment law
  • Mediation & arbitration
  • Administrative hearings
Insurance Defense. Our litigation services include oversight of insurance appointed defense attorneys. We provide independent evaluation of the quality of your defense and provide alternatives.



Since the potential for employment liability can be high, and litigation costly, legal counsel on employment issues is important. We advise boards on day-to-day employment matters and developing areas of the law. Because we specialize in large-scale associations, our firm has experience guiding boards and managers in the following matters:
  • Hiring practices
  • Termination decisions
  • Employee handbooks
  • Wage & hour disputes
  • Wrongful termination
  • Drug testing
  • Background investigations
  • Workplace violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • ADA compliance
  • Discrimination claims
Employee Handbooks. We prepare employee handbooks and review existing policies with the goal of reducing and preventing costly litigation by addressing wage-hour practices, sexual harassment, poor performance, discipline and discharge issues, leaves of absence, disability issues, drugs and alcohol testing, email policies, and workplace violence.

Risk Analysis. We provide employers with litigation risk analysis in order to facilitate resolution of disputed employment matters before the defense costs escalate and expectations become unrealistic.
(800) 464-2817
(310) 945-0280
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As a homeowner association Board Member for over 35 years, the information and resources provided by Adrian personally, the Adams Kessler Law Firm and the phenomenal website have become an indispensable resource for myself and virtually thousands of HOA volunteers throughout the State of California. I highly recommend Adrian and his firm. -Richard S. Zizian JD, President, Grande North at Santa Fe Homeowner's Assn.

I am writing to commend Karen Jacobs. I found her to be thoroughly knowledgeable and professional in her approach to our association's legal problems. Unlike some previous experiences with other firms, I felt like our interests, the Board & Association's interests, were in competent hands. All in all, Karen's demeanor was reassuring and lessened the irritation of a most difficult situation. I not only recommend Karen to any HOA, I gladly sing her praises. -Anita Haeggstrom, President, Haven Gardens HOA

Throughout my years of portfolio and high rise general management I had the honor of working with Adams Kessler on several legal cases. I was very pleased with the service provided and with the knowledge of the firms principals and would highly recommend this law firm. -Ron Modaraei, Action Management
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All of us at James Ernst Accounting are very pleased with the services Adrian Adams' law firm, Adams Kessler PLC, provides through their website "" The information is timely, accurate, informative and humorous. I am pleased to be able to recommend his services and his website to HOA professionals and service provider as well as all members of the HOA community. -James Ernst, James Ernst Accounting
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I have immense respect for Mr. Adams and his firm. Their website is an incredible resource to us. I truly appreciate the quality of work that comes from Mr. Adams and his firm. I would recommend them to anyone. -Jeff Farnsworth, CCAM, Vice President / General Manager, Steward Property Services, Inc.

Adrian Adams is one of the top attorneys AWS has ever worked with in the CID industry. I have known Adrian and his firm for over 15 years, and have referred my clients to him for legal advice. I worked as an expert witness on a construction defect case with Adrian and got first hand knowledge of how hard Adrian works for his clients. We highly recommend Adrian Adams and his law office. -Carl Brown, RCI, RRO, General Manager,
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(800) 464-2817
2566 Overland Ave.
Suite 730
Los Angeles 90064
8880 Rio San Diego
Suite 800
San Diego 92108
225 Bush Street
Suite 1650
San Francisco 94104
770 "L" Street
Suite 950
Sacramento 95814
11801 Pierce Street
Suite 200
Riverside 90505
77-564 Country Club
Suite 150
Palm Desert 92211
Winner of the “Silver Award” from the International Academy of Visual Arts and the W³ Awards.
Congrats on the honors. They are well deserved! -Jim H.

Your mobile app is awesome! I use it in board meetings to quickly look up information. THANK YOU!!!! -Brian D.

I'm really impressed with what you have done. Thank you. -Masud O.

See Kudos and Awards for the Davis-Stirling website.