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NEW CLIENTS IN NOV-DEC
Casa Grande
The Meridian Association
Villa Alvarado HOA
Coronado Townhouse HOA
Thumper #4 LLC
Canyon Lake Villas Assn.
Cresta Palos Verdes HOA
Clifton House Four-Plexes
Villa Prospect HOA
Villa Constance North

Gold Springs Townhomes
Beachgrove OA
Bixby Hill Community Assn.
Enclave Community Assn.
20th Street Harbor View Villas
4339 Freedom Drive

12-14. Attorney Eric Freedman joined Adams Kessler PLC.

Prior Experience. Prior to joining, Eric specialized in business and real estate law. He had a full-service law practice providing litigation and transactional legal services to high net worth individuals and middle market corporations drafting and negotiating legal documents such as contracts, lease and purchase agreements, promissory notes, representation agreements and corporate formation documents.

He also managed general and complex litigation including securities, entertainment, contract, tort and intellectual property matters.


HOA Law. As former president and then treasurer of his own homeowners association, Eric brings first-hand experience when counseling boards of directors. Because he is intimately aware of the issues boards face, Eric has a practical approach to problem solving.

In addition to drafting and amending governing documents for HOAs throughout California, Eric works with large condominium projects, planned unit developments, mixed-use and high-rise developments in contract negotiations, land use and easement issues, and corporate governance matters.


Litigation. Eric's strong background in state and federal court litigation in complex commercial matters, administrative proceedings, and alternative dispute resolution forums gives him the experience he needs to steer boards through contract disputes, rules enforcement, easement issues, and FEHA and ADA obligations.

Education. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in Legal Studies and Political Science and was on the Dean’s List for academic excellence. This was followed by a Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of Iowa College Of Law. Eric served on Law Review as a writer and articles editor.

If your association needs a proposal for legal services, please contact us by email or by phone at (800) 464-2817.


NEW CLIENTS IN OCTOBER
Temple Terrace HOA
Glendora Woods HOA
1000 California Blvd.
Whitehawk Ranch HOA
8 Orchids OA
Garden Villas East
Liberty Manor HOA
1550 Laurel OA

ABCs of HOAs. Adrian Adams will join a panel of experts in a program for board members that covers new laws affecting associations, insurance issues, collections and foreclosure, management responsibilities, budgeting and maintenance, plus questions from the audience.

This is a free event with a catered lunch and raffle prizes (including an iPad). The program will be held:

    Please RSVP to [email protected] or fax (818) 286-9434 or phone (818) 778-3331.


    NEW CLIENTS IN SEPTEMBER
    Villa Rauna HOA
    Brisa Del Mar Assn.
    Las Brisas North
    Santa Fe Terrace HOA
    Eastborne Regency HOA
    Genoa Townhomes Assn.
    La Casa Villa West
    4565-4567 Cleveland Ave.
    Cape Cod Villas Condo HOA
    Oxbow Ridge HOA
    La Cabana HOA
    Windwood Township COA
    Willowalk HOA
    Mountainview at Upland
    Venice Family Clinic
    High Country Villas
    Top O' Topanga
    837 Lincoln Blvd. HOA
    Rancho Matilija POA
    Manhattan Village Estate HOA
    Hollywood & Vine Residences

    9-5-14. All boards are welcome to attend S&L Management's annual "Board Leadership Workshop." Attorney Cang Le from Adams Kessler, Michael Berg from Berg Insurances, Mike Graves from SCT Reserve Consultants, and Krystal Walker from Fox & Stephens CPAs will be guest speakers.

    The event will be Friday, September 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery in Temecula. Complimentary breakfast & lunch will be served during the program. RSVP to Rosy Amlani at [email protected] or (951) 698-4030.


    9-4-14. Equity Management is putting on its Annual Board Symposium. The topic will be the water crisis and how it affects HOA communities.

    Adrian Adams will be part of a panel for an “Ask the Attorney” discussion related to the drought (and any other legal questions that may arise).

    This dinner event will be held on Thursday, Sept 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. RSVP to Melissa Walker at [email protected] or (951) 296-5640.


    11-11-14. Richard Witkin will panelist at the 39th Annual United Trustee's Association Educational Conference in La Quinta, CA. He will be speaking on "California, Nevada and Texas HOA Liens."  The United Trustee's Association (UTA) is the nationwide trade organization of non-judicial foreclosure trustees.


    NEW CLIENTS IN AUGUST
    Valley Terrace HOA
    One Jib Street HOA
    The Malibu Owners Assn.
    339 N. Palm Drive
    Casa Blanca HOA
    Metro Walk HOA
    Hidden Valley HOA
    Windsor North OA
    Ambridge at Windmere Assn.
    Willis Oaks HOA
    Vantage Townhomes HOA
    Portola Glen HOA
    Rocky Point Terrace Assn.
    Meridian Professional Center

    8-22-14. Attorney Cang Le will be in San Francisco speaking to other attorneys on August 22, 2014 at the Practicing Law Institute’s program on homeowners associations.

    Cang will address the legal structure governing HOAs and key management concerns for resolving conflicts between HOAs and owners. For more information, see Practicing Law Institute website.

    8-19-14. Attorneys Jasmine Fisher and Cang Le will be presenters in a Webinar Series for managers put on by the California Association of Community Managers. The topic will be "Boxes, Bugs and Blights: How to Combat Hoarding in HOAs."

    The webinar will provide managers with an in-depth review of what qualifies as hoarding, provide strategies for dealing with hoarders, and identify resources that can be used.

    The webinar will be held on August 19 from 11:00 am to noon. All community managers are invited to attend. CCAMs earn 1 CEU. Learn more and register at CACM Webinar Series.


    NEW CLIENTS IN JULY
    Maison De Ville COA
    Casa Murrietta HOA
    Rossmoor Park OA
    Regency House HOA
    850 Arcadia Avenue HOA
    Mountain Acres POA
    The Preserve in Sand Canyon
    Chapman-Dale CA
    853 12th Street HOA
    Fahrens Park-Los Verdes Est.
    The Water-Gardens OA
    514-524 S. Barrington Court

    July 2014. Gary Kessler's article Press & Media Communications: Be Careful! was published in Quorum, Coachella Valley Community Association Magazine. Advises Association managers, directors, employees and agents to be careful and think carefully before an interview by a reporter or listing an internet posting about Association related matters and incidents.

    7-3-14. Attorney William Dunlevy joined Adams Kessler as Of Counsel.

    Community Ties. A native of California, Bill has been a mainstay of the Ventura County community for over thirty years. His wife taught in public schools in Oxnard and his son is a Deputy District Attorney for the County. Bill has been a long time member of the Ventura Lions Club where he served as president, District Governor and then Chairman of the California Council of Governors.

    CAI. Bill’s 29-year involvement with the Channel Islands Chapter of the Community Associations Institute has been a boon to the Chapter. Bill twice served as President and multiple terms on its board of directors. He was the founding editor of the highly acclaimed magazine Channels of Communication and served as editor for 26 years. He has twice been honored as Author of the Year and three times received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award.

    HOA Law. Bill Dunlevy is a veteran community association attorney with over 35 years experience. He serves as legal counsel for associations in Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and provides service in all areas of community association law with an emphasis on governing document interpretation and enforcement, alternative dispute resolution, governing document revisions, business advice, corporate affairs, contract review, common area/separate interest repair planning, and litigation.

    Education. Bill graduated with highest honors from UC Davis, with dual majors in history and political science. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies. After graduating from Davis, Bill earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the UCLA Law School.

    Contact Us. Bill Dunlevy is a significant addition to the firm. We welcome his broad knowledge and experience in HOA law. To request a proposal for legal services, contact us by email or by phone at (800) 464-2817.


    NEW CLIENTS IN JUNE
    Palisades Canyon HOA
    Chapala Lofts CA
    Harbour Pacific HOA
    Island View Terrace HOA
    Park Wellington OA (old client)
    Tiburon View HOA
    Woodward Lake Master Assn.
    Barker Block HOA
    Riverbeach HOA
    Carnelian Maint. Corp.
    Montclair Townhomes HOA
    Country Club Terrace HOA
    Da Vinci at Bella Sera HOA
    The Boulders Condominiums
    Citrus Park HOA
    Moneta Gardens Condominium
    The Gallery HOA
    Eagle Point HOA
    Wolf Creek Maintenance Corp.

    6-20-14. Attorney Russell Higgins has joined Adams Kessler PLC.

    Legal Experience. Russ has a diverse legal background. It started with ten years managing civil and criminal caseloads. In his criminal defense work, Russell handled case evaluations, plea negotiations and litigation, briefing and trials. This included criminal appeals and a death penalty case. A fellow attorney recognized Russell's courtroom talents and his ease with people and urged Russ to transition into community association law. Russ investigated the strange world of common interest developments and made the move.

    Community Associations. Before joining Adams Kessler, Russ spent the past five years sharpening his legal skills on corporate law for community associations. He worked with boards and managers on vendor contracts, revised governing documents, pursued delinquent assessments, attended board and membership meetings, investigated insurance coverage issues, drafted legal opinions on disability and architectural compliance, and immersed himself in a wide range of matters affecting associations both residential and commercial.

    Litigation. Because of his strong litigation background, Russ has been working with boards to minimize unnecessary litigation. When appropriate, he steers matters into mediation and arbitration. In the event litigation is unavoidable, he uses his courtroom skills to obtain favorable outcomes for his clients.

    Education. Russ holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, graduating cum laude. Russ won multiple awards and commendations from both institutions and served as a senior staff member of the Pepperdine Law Review.

    Russ Higgins is a rising star and an excellent addition to our team. If your association needs a proposal for legal services, feel free to contact us by email or by phone at (800) 464-2817.


    NEW CLIENTS IN MAY
    Burtonhill Townhouses OA
    Rio Bravo CA
    Ventana HOA
    Park Towers
    Rembrandt HOA
    Mira Monte Maint. Assn.
    Pepper Tree Village Assn.
    Vantage HOA
    Lakeside Villas HOA

    Sunshine Condominiums HOA 
    Park Wellington

    Spring 2014. Jasmine Fisher's article "Complex Assessments Demystified" was recently published in the CACM The Law Journal. She discusses established standards for developers and outlines best practices for  periodic document reviews for Board Members. 

    May 2014. Jasmine Fisher was interviewed for an article by Pamela Babcock on what homeowner associations should know when Hollywood comes knocking at their front door. The article, "Lights. Camera. Action!" was published in CAI's Common Ground magazine.


    NEW CLIENTS IN APRIL
    Montevalle of Scotts Valley
    Arrow Hwy Corp Ctr
    Allegro Villas
    Brookmore Arms HOA
    Brockton Chateau HOA
    Magnolia Place HOA
    Glen Ivy RV Park OA
    Meadowview Park
    Casa Montecito OA
    Rancho Santalina Maint.
    Willow Springs Assn.

    4-17-14. Richard G. Witkin will speak on "HOA Lien Issues" at the United Trustees Association Dinner on April 17, 2014 in Santa Ana, California.

    March 2014. Attorney Gary Kessler's article "To Litigate, or Not to Litigate?" was published in the Quorum, Coachella Valley Community Associations Institute Magazine. His article mentions making good business decisions, not emotional decisions; economics of litigation; enforcement of governing documents; process of pre-trial discovery; and trial consequences.


    NEW CLIENTS IN MARCH
    Heron Bay/Spyglass Hills
    Monterey S.P. HOA
    Malibu West Swimming Club
    Regency Townhouse Assn.
    Desert Shadows CA
    Cottages of Corsica
    Indian Falls Estates HOA
    Brava Homes, Inc.
     


    3-2
    7-14. Adrian Adams was the keynote speaker at Beven & Brock's 2014 Board Member Seminar. The topic "Liars, Lawyers & Lunacy" covered

    • Adopting enforceable rules,
    • Fine policies that get results,
    Keeping boards out of hot water,
    How to stop lawyers, and
    • Dealing with liars and lunatics.

    3-23-14. Cang Le joined Adams Kessler PLC and will head-up our Riverside office.

    Experience. Cang has broad experience representing common interest developments as both general and litigation counsel. In corporate counsel matters, Cang advises boards in the preparation, interpretation and enforcement of contracts, amending and restating governing documents, insurance coverage issues, rules enforcement, ADA compliance and all other matters affecting associations. In litigation and ADR matters, Cang has obtained hundreds of favorable outcomes for his clients and works with boards to avoid litigation wherever possible.


    Education. Cang received two undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis--a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Managerial Economics. He then earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was awarded a merit grant to continue his legal studies which led to a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM).

    Cang Le is a talented lawyer and solid addition to our team. If your association would like a proposal for legal services, contact us by email or by phone at (800) 464-2817.

    3-16-14. Richard G. Witkin joined Adams Kessler PLC as Of Counsel. Because of his expertise, Richard will be coordinating all assessment collection matters for the firm.

    Assessment Collection. Richard Witkin is well-respected in the industry for his extensive knowledge of assessment lien and foreclosure matters. Richard is a member of the United Trustee's Association and has attained the highest level of expert certification by the UTA and serves as an expert on collection issues in state and federal courts.

    Experience. Prior to launching Witkin & Neal, Inc., a premier delinquent assessment lien and foreclosure collection company, Richard gained a wealth of experience as Vice-President and General Counsel of Fidelity Trustee Service, an independent foreclosure trustee. At Fidelity, he supervised thousands of non-judicial foreclosures and conducted hundreds of foreclosure sales. Richard's expertise includes foreclosure issues involving mixed collateral, multiple collateral and deficiency judgments.

    Education. Richard Witkin graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University and earned his Juris Doctorate from UCLA's School of Law. He later became a faculty member of the law school from 1980 through 1987.


    To request a proposal for legal services, contact us by email or by phone at (800) 464-2817.



    NEW CLIENTS IN FEBRUARY
    Arroyo Gardens
    Woodlake HOA
    Marrakesh Community Assn.
    Oak Crest Estates
    La Benecia, Inc.
    Tollhouse Village Assn.
    Pacific Island Village I
    Mark Beck
    Mike and Ruth Marshall
    The Village COA
    Orange Grove Village II HOA

    2-20-14. Attorney Jasmine Fisher served as "Judge Jasmine" in an HOA courtroom drama and case law update. The event was hosted by the Inland Empire Chapter of CAI.

    2-9-14. The highly regarded assessment collection company of Witkin & Neal, Inc. announced its affiliation with Adams Kessler PLC. The high level of expertise brought by Richard Witkin and the invaluable experience of Audrey Neal together with the corporate counsel of Adams Kessler PLC means HOA clients can be assured of unparalleled collection services. To take advantage of our expanded collection services, contact us.

    2-4-14. Adrian Adams served as the keynote speaker at the annual Board Member Appreciation Event hosted by Desert Resort Management. His topic, Avoiding Litigation," was presented to over 250 board members.

    Other speakers included Debra Warren, Sr. Vice President of Associa, on management issues, attorney Jon Epsten of Epsten Grinnell & Howell on conflict resolution, and Tom Flavin, President and CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership on the growth of Coachella Valley. The event was held at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    1-28-14. Syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, Ken Harney, interviewed Adrian Adams for an article on FHA certification and possible disparate impact discrimination claims. See Ken Harney's article.

    January 2014. The CACM Law Journal published an article by Adrian Adams on the impact of the Wittenberg v. Beachwalk on CC&R amendments.

    The court of appeals concluded that advocating for the passage of an amendment triggers the equal access provision of the  Davis-Stirling Act.


    January 2, 2014. The date marked the 10th Anniversary of the launch of Davis-Stirling.com. This award-winning website was created by Adrian Adams, who envisioned a library of legal information about the Davis-Stirling Act in plain English for board members, managers and homeowners.

    Word-of-mouth quickly grew traffic on the site from zero to half a million visitors and 2.7 million page views per year. Ten years later, the website has grown into an umbrella of products, services and companies.



    NEW CLIENTS IN JANUARY
    Westgate Rise HOA
    Morrison HOA
    Varian Ranch HOA
    Tarocco HOA
    Assn of Monterey Townhouse Owners
    Sierra Brooks POA
    Glaeser Builders, Inc.

    I have to say I already had a great respect for Gary Kessler as an industry attorney, but being able to work with him first hand was a sincere pleasure and just reaffirmed that my respect was well placed. I can see why you hold him with such high esteem.
    -Wendy Moulder, CMCA, Consortium Management

    Adrian, I just want to thank you and Jasmine Fisher in helping Heritage Ranch with the steps in recruiting and hiring a new General Manager. Jasmine provided legal advice, strength, support and hope for our future. Thank you for assigning her to us and your staff excelled in our search for a new GM.  -Bonnie Forcey, Heritage Ranch HOA

    On behalf of the Board, thank Wayne Louvier so very much for the excellent presentation he gave us concerning duties and responsibilities of board members. It was a pleasure meeting him. We all learned so much about the law. He was very professional and made the presentation easy to understand our role as board members. We look forward to working with your firm for many years to come. -Chris Spalding, Treasurer, Bernardo Heights 12 HOA

    Dear Jasmine Fisher, Just wanted to thank you for your recent article in Quorum Magazine concerning conflicts between neighbors in an HOA. Your commentary couldn't have been more timely as we had recently encountered such a problem between two neighbors in our association. We were able to use your article as reference material for the two owners, which helped immensely. -Ray Hungerford, Manager, Palm Canyon Villas HOA

    Kudos to Adams Kessler for their team of amazing lawyers! I have had personal experience with Karen Jacobs whom I found to be thoroughly knowledgeable. She listened to me instead of acting as if I was an intrusion in her day. I had great success with her in our dealings. If the rest of the team is as personable and competent, I offer that the women of AK are more than angels--dare I say it, they are GODDESSES. -Anita Haeggstrom, President, Haven Gardens HOA

    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 Davis-Stirling.com 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.

    You [Wayne Louvier] have really done right by us so far and I'm confident you will continue to do so. Please tell Adrian we are happy with our representation.  -Marion C. Fay, Director Promenade West 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 "Davis-Stirling.com." 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
    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, 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,
    AWS Consultants Inc.

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    PALM DESERT
    77-564 Country Club
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    Palm Desert 92211
    RIVERSIDE
    11801 Pierce Street
    Suite 200
    Riverside 90505


    SAN DIEGO
    8880 Rio San Diego
    Suite 800
    San Diego 92108


    SAN FRANCISCO
    1 Sansome Street
    Suite 1500
    San Francisco 94104


    SACRAMENTO
    770 "L" Street
    Suite 950
    Sacramento 95814

    VENTURA COUNTY
    1200 Paseo Camarillo
    Suite 255
    Camarillo, CA 93010

    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.

    To load the award-winning Davis-Stirling Mobile App, click here.


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

    See Kudos and Awards for the Davis-Stirling website.

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

    ADAMS KESSLER PLC is a law firm specializing in community associations throughout California. We offer a full range of services such as:
    • ADA, DEFH, HUD Compliance
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Architectural Standards
    • CC&R & Bylaw Amendments
    • Contracts
    • Elections & Recalls
    • Employment Law
    • Legal Opinions
    • Litigation
    • Maintenance & Mold
    • Restraining Orders
    • Rules Enforcement
    • 55+ Community Compliance


    We serve the following common interest developments:
    • Master Planned
    • Highrise
    • Commercial Condos
    • Beach Communities
    • Mixed Use Developments
    • Golf and Country Club Associations
    • Resort Communities
    • Planned Unit Developments
    • Stock Cooperatives
    • Office Condominiums
    • Lake Associations
    • Equestrian Associations
    • 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.

    Instead, we focus on the HOA industry and alert our clients about significant trends and changes in the law.





    Laura Whipple is Director of Human Resources and Administration for Adams Kessler PLC. She manages the day-to-day operations, accounting, bookkeeping, insurance and benefits, and human resources for the firm.

    Laura has a BA in European History and an Masters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In addition Laura is a paralegal with a certificate in civil litigation.


    Nathalie Ross is Director of Business Development. With over 25 years of experience in the legal field, Nathalie oversees customer service for Adams Kessler ensuring that our clients receive quality service from our law firm.

    Nathalie received her California Paralegal Certification from Barclay College in Cerritos, California. She then earned a Nevada Paralegal Certification from UNLV. She has been an active member of the Community Associations Institute since 1999 and served as President of the Nevada Chapter of CAI and on various chapter committees throughout California.


    Carolyn Houtz is a legal assistant at Adams Kessler. She works with our attorneys handling legal filings, discovery and general litigation matters.

    Carolyn is also outstanding when it comes to working with clients. They love working with her and aren't shy about saying so.


    Maureen Davidson is an intricate part of Adams Kessler’s marketing team. She works closely with Adrian and Nathalie to provide our clients with exceptional customer interaction. Maureen transmits and tracks the firm’s proposals and is responsible for scheduling all attorneys for potential client interviews. She also participates in industry trade shows and luncheons.

    Maureen’s experience includes two years in the legal field and eight years in property management. She earned her paralegal certificate in Portland, Oregon at the College of Legal Arts.

    Laurie Paramore is our Administrative Assistant. She has 29 years of experience in office administration and operations, with 25 of those years working with non-profits.

    Laurie provides administrative support to all of our staff and attorneys. She is dedicated to excellence in all areas of service, especially when it comes to our clients.




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    LARRY STIRLING

    Larry Stirling While serving in the California Legislature, then Assembly Member Larry Stirling authored the Davis-Stirling Act that now governs all common interest developments in California.

    Judicial & Public Service. Larry Stirling has a history of distinguished service in the public sector. After serving  four terms in the Assembly, his record of achievement led to his election to the State Senate. Mr. Stirling's contribution in the Senate was followed by an appointment as a judge. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Stirling presided over thousands of cases, both civil and criminal. As a result of his efforts on behalf of Court unification, Judge Stirling was commended by various state/local bar associations and, upon his retirement from the bench, by the California Judges Association. See full bio.


    ADRIAN ADAMS

    Adrian J. Adams, Esq.Adrian Adams is managing director of Adams Kessler PLC, a law firm with a state-wide practice representing residential and commercial associations as well as resort and retirement communities. In addition, his firm provides mediation services to community associations under the direction of the retired judge Larry Stirling, the firm’s senior counsel and author of the Davis-Stirling Act.

    Adviser. Adrian taught "Association Management and Law" for 10 years through UCLA Extension and is a legal adviser on condominium law and smoke-free housing issues to the Technical Assistance Legal Center, a project of the Public Health Institute. He also serves as an expert witness on standards of care involving association boards and managers and is the creator of the award winning website Davis-Stirling.com, a popular online resource for community associations. See full bio.


    GARY KESSLER

    Gary Kessler, Esq.Gary Kessler received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1980 he received a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, where he was selected to serve on the Board of Editors of the Loyola Law Review.

    Davis-Stirling Rewrite. Gary served on the State Bar’s working group on the simplification of the Davis-Stirling Act. Gary was named to the national Community Association Institute’s Amicus  Committee, which reviews appellate cases across the United States relating to homeowner associations.

    Gary enjoys analyzing and writing about complex legal issues. Judicial opinions in seven of his appellate cases have been certified for publication by the California Court of Appeal. See full bio.

    RICHARD G. WITKIN

    Richard Witkin is well-respected in the industry for his extensive knowledge of assessment lien and foreclosure matters. Richard is a member of the United Trustee's Association and has attained the highest level of expert certification by the UTA and serves as an expert on collection issues in state and federal courts.

    Experience. Prior to launching Witkin & Neal, Inc., a premier delinquent assessment lien and foreclosure collection company, Richard gained a wealth of experience as Vice-President and General Counsel of Fidelity Trustee Service, an independent foreclosure trustee. At Fidelity, he supervised thousands of non-judicial foreclosures and conducted hundreds of foreclosure sales. Richard's expertise includes foreclosure issues involving mixed collateral, multiple collateral and deficiency judgments.

    Education. Richard Witkin graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University and earned his Juris Doctorate from UCLA's School of Law. He later became a faculty member of the law school from 1980 through 1987.
     
    Richard coordinates all assessment collection matters for Adams Kessler. See full bio.

    PAUL ABLON

    Paul Ablon, Esq.
    Paul taught Appellate Advocacy at Loyola Law School and later became Senior Research Attorney at the California Court of Appeal where over two dozen of his opinions were published.

    Experience. In private practice Paul Ablon handled real estate and business litigation, contract disputes, business torts, defamation, fraud and homeowners association disputes. Paul was also involved in a significant amount of appellate work, including the briefing and arguing of Calder v. Jones before the United States Supreme Court in which his client prevailed.

    Education. Paul is a graduate of UCLA where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu honor societies and graduated summa cum laude. Paul was then accepted into U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall where he earned his Juris Doctorate and graduated "Order of the Coif," an honorary scholastic society that recognizes excellence in legal education.

    WAYNE LOUVIER

    Wayne advises boards of directors on all transactional and litigation matters related to commercial and residential common interest developments. This includes drafting and amending documents, contract disputes, employment law issues, FEHA and ADA obligations, rules enforcement, collection of assessments as well as litigation arising out of any association disputes.

    Education. Mr. Louvier is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law.

    Wayne oversees our Orange County office.
    See full bio.


    AIDE ONTIEVEROS

    Aide Ontiveros, Esq.Aide Ontiveros is head of litigation for Adams Kessler. Prior to joining our firm, Aide practiced law with one of the largest insurance defense firms in the country. Being immersed in litigation, Aide gained broad experience in all aspects of litigation and trial advocacy.

    International Clients. Because of her litigation skills and fluency in Spanish, Aide has served as counsel for several international clients and was the Los Angeles liaison for the Latin American Practice Group at her prior firm.

    Education. Aide is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, Cum Laude. She also earned her Juris Doctorate at the UCLA School of Law. Aide is admitted to practice in California as well as the U.S. District Courts of California. See full bio.

    JASMINE FISHER

    Jasmine M. Fisher, Esq. Jasmine previously served as corporate counsel to Phillips Group USA, a California-based real estate developer with residential and hotel projects throughout the West Coast and Latin America. She helped implement associations and their CC&Rs; drafted project operating agreements; managed and coordinated the company’s legal interests in its development projects; facilitated and oversaw entitlements, land use and zoning approvals with local governments; and assisted in project financing and acquisitions.

    Education. Ms. Fisher has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a double major in political science and communications and a minor in history. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. See full bio.


    KAREN JACOBS

    Karen N. Jacobs, Esq.Prior to joining Adams Kessler, Karen practiced as a trial attorney with the largest in-house insurance defense firm in Southern California.

    Education. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from California State University, Northridge. She then earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. While in law school, Karen was a volunteer member of the Loyola Cancer Legal Research Center, assisting hundreds of people in obtaining free legal advice regarding health, housing, family, and child protection issues.

    Language. Karen is fluent in Hebrew and Farsi and conversant in Spanish. See full bio.

    CANG LE

    Experience. Cang has broad experience representing common interest developments as both general and litigation counsel. In corporate counsel matters, Cang advises boards in the preparation, interpretation and enforcement of contracts, amending and restating governing documents, insurance coverage issues, rules enforcement, ADA compliance and all other matters affecting associations. In litigation and ADR matters, Cang has obtained hundreds of favorable outcomes for his clients and works with boards to avoid litigation wherever possible.

    Education. Cang received two undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis--a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Managerial Economics. He then earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was awarded a merit grant to continue his legal studies which led to a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM).

    Cang Le oversees our Riverside office. See full bio.


    TINA CHU

    Tina W. Chu, Esq.Prior to joining Adams Kessler PLC, Tina practiced in a civil litigation firm where she developed her skills as a litigator.

    Judicial Externships. While attending law school, Tina served as a judicial extern for the Honorable S. James Otero (United States District Court for the Central District of California) and for the Honorable Sheri Bluebond and Erithe A. Smith (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California). 

    Education. Tina is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government. She then earned a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. Tina is admitted to practice in the State of California as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Language. Tina is fluent in Mandarin-Chinese. See full bio.




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