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10-22-17. Attorney Jeffrey Barnett joined ADAMS | STIRLING as a Partner. Mr. Barnett is a well-respected attorney with extensive experience as general and litigation counsel to associations throughout San Francisco's Bay Area and the Central Coast.

He brings with him a staffed office in Los Gatos where he provides legal services to approximately 300 residential, commercial and mixed-use associations.

Jeffrey has a rich academic background. As an undergraduate, he attended UCLA and then Wadham College in Oxford, England, before graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with great distinction. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on Law Review.

10-5-17. Adrian Adams and Robert Nordlund, PE, RS, teamed up to discuss Tight Budgets, Tough Choices at Beven & Brock's free HOA Board Seminar & Vendor Expo. Discussion included How to balance short-term “wants” & long term “needs;” How to make judgments that are protected by the Business Judgment Rule; and Tips to communicate budget decisions to homeowners, along with many others.

9-28-17. Adrian Adams was elected to the Los Angeles Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

9-16-17. Adrian Adams gave a humorous, but highly educational, presentation on “wild” legal cases involving pets, at Equity Management's annual seminar. This free seminar for board members, held at the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, also provided information from a variety of speakers on legislative trends, reserves, gang violence, and drought survival. In addition to featuring great information and lively discussions, the seminar offered breakfast before and wine afterward. The well-received event even drew board members from outside the area!

9-15-17. Adrian Adams, Esq. presented to a breakout session of the CAI Bay Area and Central California Chapter's Annual Education Conference and Mini-Expo, at the San Ramon Marriott, on the topic Airbnb® Hell — the growing problem of short-term vacation rentals (STRs), and what managers and boards can do to address the problems they create for HOAs. Topics included: pressure on boards to allow STRs; problems and legal risks; how to restrict STRs; and enforcement mechanisms. This year's theme was "Camouflage Mob: Success through the Trenches by Being Ready for Everything." Managers qualified for 4 hours' Continuing Professional Education.

9-12-17. Jane Blasingham, Carrie Heick and Sue Anderson of ADAMS | STIRLING hosted a legal update luncheon in Carlsbad. Sue reviewed several Assembly and Senate bills introduced in 2017 and how they will impact community associations.  Jane discussed reasonable accommodation requests under State and Federal Law, as well as new laws enacted this year, such as Civ. Code Sec. 4775 (maintenance responsibilities) and Civ. Code Sec. 4041 (homeowner contact information).

8-30-17. Partner Jasmine Hale has been inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). As a member of the College, Jasmine joins a prestigious group of CAI member attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to community association law, and who have committed themselves to high standards of ethical conduct. Of the thousands of attorneys practicing community association law in the United States, fewer than 175 have been granted membership in the College. Its rigorous standards for awarding entry to the College ensure that its Fellows have demonstrated a commitment to educate and empower boards and residents. Kudos to Jasmine for earning this rare and very high honor!

8-25-17. Adrian Adams and Eron Kaylor, Vice President, SeaBreeze Management Company, Inc., got rave reviews for their presentation to the CAI Bay Area Chapter's August Educational Luncheon, on the topic Enter at your Own Risk – Issues Related to Right of Entry, at the JW Marriott San Francisco. The discussion included topics of concern to virtually every HOA, such as: does an association have a right to enter a member’s unit, and if so, who has that right—board members, management, maintenance, others; and how can an association protect itself in emergencies? Lisa Esposito, CCAM-Emeritus, Vice President at CM Squared, Inc. Construction Management, said, "What an incredible CAI BayCen event we had yesterday at the JW Marriott in beautiful San Francisco. A great presentation by Adrian Adams with a record-setting attendance!"

8-21-17. Attorney Nick Hoban joined ADAMS | STIRLING's Northern California office. He previously worked for a firm preparing documents for securities litigation involving residential mortgages. He has experience in various areas, in addition to contributing arguments to intellectual property cases brought before the European Patent Office in Munich, involving trustees of securities backed by residential mortgages. Nick has experience in contract and employment law, which is complemented by his time as an intern handling matters of CID law, real estate transactions, and estate planning.A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Nick finished in the top 15 percent of his class. Along the way to earning a Juris Doctor, he also earned numerous academic acknowledgments and completed the requirements for the High-Tech Law Certificate. Nick earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, where he simultaneously completed the Linguistics and German Language BA programs and a minor in Editing. He was a member of the Delti Phi Alpha National Honor Society and was one of the managing editors of StowAway travel magazine.

8-18-17. Cang Le, Managing Partner for ADAMS | STIRLING's Inland Empire and OC offices, and attorney Dea Franck, did their presentations on moving buses (!) at CAI Coachella Valley Chapter’s "Day at the Races" event on August 18 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.  

70% of attendees completed speaker evaluations, and all gave Cang an "exceptional" rating in every category, all saying they'd attend Cang's classes again. This unprecedented perfect score was accompanied by comments such as, "...thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.  Impressive," and "Your reputation with CAI-CV is off the charts."  

Community managers received continuing education for the topics How to Effectively Work with Community Association Counsel, Knowing when to Bring in a Legal Expert (How to Possibly Lower Association Legal Fees), and The Top 7 Most Common Causes of Action Filed against Community Associations and Boards and How to Avoid Them.

7-26-17. Adrian Adams and Brian Moreno reprised their popular presentation, Short-Term Rentals...Transients, Trash, and Trouble, at CAI-GLAC's July Chapter meeting in Valencia.  This interactive session, covering hot topics such as the pressure on HOAs to allow short-term rentals, problems HOAs face with rentals, how to legally restrict them, and how to enforce those restrictions, drew rave reviews from the more than 60 attendees!

7-23-17. Joshua "Josh" Mendelsohn joined ADAMS | STIRLING. He comes to us with an interesting litigation background. He worked as a trial attorney in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California. Josh represented the State Bar in litigation. His responsibilities included investigations of attorney misconduct, drafting and arguing contested motions; deposing witnesses, trial preparation; and conducting trials.

Prior to his work for the State Bar, Josh represented multinational companies and high net worth individuals in business, employment, intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. He handled all stages of litigation from inception through trial and appeal.

Josh also has valuable transactional experience. He advised clients about, negotiated and drafted corporate agreements, operation agreements, employee stock option plans, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, service agreements, purchase and sale agreements, intellectual property issues, real estate contracts, finance, lease and other agreements.

Of particular interest for our larger HOA clients, Josh counseled employers on employment matters, including compliance with California and federal wage and hour, anti-harassment, and mandatory leave laws. He also defended clients in federal and state courts on employment matters.

Joshua earned his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law where he was active on the Journal of Law and Technology. He is also a graduate of California State University Northridge with a BS in Finance with Honors.

7-5-17. Attorney Tara Hicks joined ADAMS | STIRLING. Tara has a strong background in real estate law. She previously served as in-house counsel to a real estate firm, where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, resolving title disputes, addressing zoning issues, preparing real property agreements, and handling real estate legalities.

Tara gained litigation experience with a firm where she prepared appellate briefs, drafted pleadings and motions, conducted discovery, and drafted settlement agreements. 

Tara has a BA in English, with a minor in Spanish, and was consistently on the Dean's List for academic achievement. She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School and externed with the Honorable Terry J. Hatter in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, before entering the practice of law.

Tara works out of our corporate office in Los Angeles, serving as legal counsel to associations throughout California. We are very happy to welcome Tara to the Firm.

6-20-17. Jasmine Hale appeared as a featured panelist on CAI's Channel Island Chapter's HOLLYWOOD SQUARES - HOA Edition at its June Chapter Luncheon. Jasmine's "contestant" role focused on HOA law. Presented to a packed house, this fun and informative program, modeled after the iconic game show, also offered other industry expert "contestants" addressing questions on insurance,landscaping, painting, pest control, management, reserve studies, pool maintenance, and security.

5-31-17. Nathan McGuire, Partner in Charge of Adams | Stirling's Northern California offices, conducted a lively, interactive session with more than 45 Board members and Association Managers, on the topic Boards Have a New Obligation to Stop Discrimination. Nathan was joined by event host Association Management Concepts' president, Brad Higgins, to discuss issues around this important topic, such as common Fair Housing violations (rules that target children, refusing to bend parking rules for the physically disabled, harassing the mentally ill, and more), and what Boards need to know to not only avoid Board actions that discriminate, but to prevent homeowner actions that discriminate against other homeowners and vendors.

5-31-17. Adrian Adams joined Shelie Xanthos, owner of Prime  Association Services, in celebrating the opening of its new Los Angeles office location.

5-25-17. After attending her first "Leg Day" at the Capitol in Sacramento, ADAMS | STIRLING Regional Director of Business Development Sue Anderson was eager to tell all about it. Read her first-person account here — and make your own plans to attend next year!

5-25-17. Adrian Adams presented a 2017 Legal Update to Prime Management Group's Los Angeles managers. Also in attendance was Maureen Davidson, ADAMS | STIRLING's Business Development Administrator. Topics included Maintenance and Repair, Watering Restrictions, and Pesticide Applications.

5-22-17. Adrian Adams and Sue Anderson conducted an in-house training program for the managers of Equity Management in Temecula. Sue highlighted bills currently before the Legislature. Adrian covered changes in the law and answered questions regarding crimes committed in associations, the end of the drought emergency, short-term rentals and other hot topics.

5-20-17. Attorney Jennie V. Park joined ADAMS | STIRLING. 

Jennie has served as general counsel and legal consultant to commercial real estate businesses and start-up companies, advising clients on various issues including their legal rights, risks and responsibilities, contract analysis, employment relations and compliance issues.

Jennie's experience includes litigation, focused primarily on the defense of healthcare providers in medical malpractice suits and administrative board proceedings. She is well-versed in all phases of litigation, from initial case evaluation through discovery, law and motion, and preparation for trial or alternative dispute resolution. In her legal career, she has also gained conflict resolution experience from having served as a neutral conciliator at a high-volume public interest clinic. Her stint in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps armed her with a keen ability to work with and counsel people from all different walks of life, from civilians to military personnel of all levels in the chain of command.

Jennie earned her law degree from Loyola Law School and undergrad from UCLA. She is licensed to practice before all courts of the State of California, as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Jennie works out of our Los Angeles office, serving as counsel to associations throughout California, and we are extremely pleased to welcome her to the Firm.  

5-11-17. Jasmine Hale, with co-presenter Sean Kargari of Association Reserves, Inc., presented Ignoring Your Reserve Study to the managers at HOA Organizers, Inc., in Lake Balboa.

5-9-17. Cang Le, Adams Stirling's Inland Empire/Orange County Managing Partner, and Sean Andersen, President, Orange County at Association Reserves, presented Ignoring Your Reserve Study to Accell Property Management.  Managers earned 2 CE Credits for their CMCA designation. Read one attendee's unsolicited comment here.

4-24-17. Nate McGuire, Jasmine Hale, Sue Anderson, and Adrian Adams spent two days in Sacramento reviewing legislation and lobbying legislators for the Community Associations Institute's California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC).

The annual "Legislative Day" at the Capitol is an event that provides CAI-CLAC members from across the state the opportunity to attend education sessions and meet with legislators on legislation important to community associations.

4-20-17.
 Jasmine Hale, together with Sean Kargari of Association Reserves, Inc., presented to the managers at Beven & Brock Property Management in Pasadena on the topic
Ignoring Your Reserve Study.

4-19-17. Adrian Adams spoke at the Greater Los Angeles CAI Chapter Educational Luncheon on the topic Short-Term Rentals (STRs).

He was joined by attorney Brian Moreno of Swedelson Gottlieb. They addressed 170 managers and board members on pressure on HOAs to allow STRs, problems with rentals, how to legally restrict them, and how to enforce those restrictions.

3-29-17. Cang Le spoke to 45 managers at the 2nd Annual Manager Bootcamp put on by Powerstone Property Management. The program,
Dealing with Difficult Personalities — Taming the Tigers, was held at DoubleTree by Hilton at the Irvine Spectrum, and also featured Cynthia Cattern, PCAM, CCAM, Powerstone's Director of Community Relations. Read one attendee's unsolicited review of the program here.

3-29-17. Maureen Davidson, Business Development  for ADAMS STIRLING in Los Angeles, wrote an article on pending legislation.

Published in CAI's Focus Magazine, the article is entitled
SB 2 Building Homes & Jobs Act.

3-30-17. Jasmine Hale joined attorney Bill Dunlevy to co-present at the CAI Channel Islands Spring Community Faire on FHA Compliance and Governing Document Enforcement.
 
3-17-17. Jasmine Hale joined Lori Albert, CAMEx, CCAM to co-present at the CACM Southern California Law Seminar in Anaheim on
The Mysteries of HR Management.

3-12-17. Melina Treantos, CMCA® joined ADAMS | STIRLING as Client Relations Director for our Northern California offices.

Melina has over a decade of experience in multiple areas of the common interest development industry.

Her expertise includes escrow processing, association accounting, new community forward planning and client relations.

3-10-17. Adrian Adams joined Jeffrey French of Green Bryant & French, and Peggy Redmon, of the Law Office of Peggy Redmon, as guest panelists at CAI-CV’s
Ask the Attorney program at Sun City Palm Desert.

The program addressed issues of
Errant Board Members, Illegal Use of Units, Medical Marijuana, Drones, and Disciplinary Hearings, among other timely topics.

The luncheon was held at the Sun City Palm Desert club house.

3-6-17.
Coachella Valley Community Association Institute's Quorum Magazine published an article in its February 2017 issue about Sue Anderson, who handles business development for the Inland Empire region for Adams Stirling.

The article highlights Sue's role as the 2017 Chair for the Valley's new Legislative Support Committee and the impact they are having on CLAC.

2-12-17. Attorney Joseph "Joe" Hudack joined ADAMS | STIRLING.

In addition to a Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law (magna cum laude), Joe has more than 25 years experience in corporate and commercial real estate.

His experience includes handling transactional real estate matters for companies such as Fluor, Walmart, and Dial. His responsibilities included drafting, negotiating, executing and closing acquisitions, sales, leases, subleases, and lease terminations. He also owned and operated a development company and was a national real estate consultant for companies such as Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, and Viad Corp.

Joe's certifications and licenses include:

    • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
    • MCR (Master of Corporate Real Estate)
    • Licensed Real Estate Broker
    • Former licensed Contractor and Real Estate Appraiser

Joe works out of our offices in the Inland Empire and serves as corporate and litigation counsel to associations throughout California. Joe is an impressive addition to the firm. To write him a note, see his contact information.

2-8-17.
Erica Greathouse joined ADAMS | STIRLING as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to joining our firm, Erica spent 25 years overseeing implementation of technology for other law firms.

For fourteen of those years, Erica served as Director of Information Technology for Cox, Castle & Nicholson, a California law firm that's one of the nation's largest specializing in real estate.

As CTO, Erica will work with our Technology Committee to improve our firm's legal services through technology.

Among other things, Erica will develop and oversee our eDiscovery procedures, telecom operations, video conferencing, social media policies, and risk management. Erica is an exciting addition to the team.
 
2-7-17. Adrian Adams spoke at the 6th Annual Desert Resort Management Education Symposium. He briefed attendees on new statutes and case law for 2017 and how they affected associations and their boards.

The Symposium was held at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

1-31-17. Jasmine Hale was nominated for two awards from the CAI Channel Islands chapter, including the 2016 Diane Doria Volunteer of the Year and the 2016 Committee of the Year.

1-27-17. Jasmine Hale co-presented at the 2017 CACM Northern California law conference for
Taking the Mystery Out of Human Resource Management and the Employee Relationship.

1-26-17. Nathan McGuire joined ADAMS | STIRLING as Managing Partner of our San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton offices. He and his team will handle the Firm's growing base of Northern California clients.

"Nate" McGuire has been named Super Lawyer Magazine's "California Rising Star" for the last 5 years running and is the recipient of an AV Preeminent Peer Review designation from Martindale-Hubbell, which signifies the highest level of excellence.

In addition to extensive experience as general counsel to common interest developments, Nathan has broad experience in real estate subdivision development, purchase and sale agreements, escrow issues, restrictive covenants, easements, deeds, and other issues affecting real property.

Nate is an active member of the Community Associations Institute and the Building Industry Association and a frequent author and speaker on community association topics. He is also a delegate to the California Legislative Action Committee and serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair.

Nathan graduated with distinction from St. Mary’s College with a BA in English and Philosophy. He earned his Juris Doctor from U.C. Davis School of Law.

You can reach Nathan at: [email protected].


1-8-17. Marianne Pick has been nominated for an Orange County Excellence in Community (OCEC) award from CAI - Orange County!

Marianne handles business development for the Orange County and San Diego regions for Adams Stirling.
 


1-1-17. CAI's Connect Magazine published an article by Cang Le highlighting the new case laws for 2017 affecting community associations in California.

One of the most important is the Palm Springs v. Parth case, related to a board member's fiduciary duty to properly investigate matters before making a decision.

PRESS RELEASE: The 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco retained  Adrian Adams, founder of ADAMS | STIRLING along with Lawrence Stirling, the former Assemblyman who authored the law that governs California's community associations. Partner Jasmine Hale rounds out the legal team.

Leading the construction defect litigation is nationally renowned trial lawyer Daniel Petrocelli and partner Vision Winter with O'Melveny & Myers. The litigation team filed a $200 million lawsuit against the developers for the sinking and tilting of Millennium Tower.


NEW CLIENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Alma Del Pueblo OA
Avila at Hacienda OA
Bixby Gardens OA
Calle Ryan HOA
Casa La Familia HOA
Frank McGill
Maple Towers Condo
One West Bluff HOA
Westwood Duets HOA
Woodlands COA


NEW CLIENTS IN AUGUST
833 Ocean Ave HOA
Cantada Community Association
Crowley Lake Mutual Water Company
Fourth Walnut Creek Mutual
Lake Village Community Association
Montclair Patio HOA
Parkview Condo HOA
Pear Tree HOA
Riverside Acres Association
South Cove Community Association
Terraza-Placentia CO
The Versailles HOA
Truckee Hidden Meadows Association
Village Square Association
Warm Spring Knolls HOA


NEW CLIENTS IN JULY
39 Boardman Place Owners' Assn.
757 North Point Street HOA
Adeline Place OA
Breakers at Bear Brand HOA
Channel Island HOA
Del Rayo Downs HOA
Gramercy Towers Condo Assn.
Hacienda Del Sol Condo Assn.
Monica Villas #1 HOA
Pinewood Lake HOA
Royal Palms of Santa Barbara OA
Yates Community Association


NEW CLIENTS IN JUNE
Arrow Heights Owners Association
Club Capri HOA
Long Beach Ocean View Condominiums
Maison Au Bord De La Mer Owners Association
Maplewood Owners Association
Marlborough Villas HOA
Rancho Santa Fe Groves HOA
Sunstream HOA
Villa Monet Association
Vistara at Rancho Solano HOA


NEW CLIENTS IN MAY
832 Euclid Street
Almaden Crossing Community Corp.
Almondwood Gardens HOA
Arrow Owners Association
Desert Village HOA
Lakeside Park Community Assn.
Luminaria Neighborhood Assn.
Montenero Community Assn.
Ocean Street Terrace HOA
Pacific Plaza Elite - Alhambra HOA
San Ramon Gardens HOA
Southpointe HOA
Spanish Walk COA
Tanforan Office Center Assn.
Toscana Homeowners Assn.



NEW CLIENTS IN APRIL
1800 East Ocean Association
Almar Acres Assn. Inc.
Anaheim Villas HOA
Desert Shadow Condo Assn.
Equidyne Meadows
Gallery Lofts Maintenance Assn.
La Colonia HOA
Magill Park Estates HOA
Malibu Colony West HOA
Morgan Hill HOA
Mountain View Villas HOA
Parkview Villas
Sea Isle Landing HOA
Seasons West HOA
Silverland Investment - Valley Shopping Center
Turtle Rock Meadows HOA
Twin Creeks Estates OA
Villa Verdugo HOA



NEW CLIENTS IN MARCH
12407 Moorpark Street
944 9th St. Condominium HOA
Alta Lofts HOA
Beacon RCA
Borden Villa COA
Cathedral Hill Tower Condo Assn. Inc.
College Medical Plaza II OA
Encino Oaks HOA
Essex House Marina Del Rey HOA
Highland Villas Community Association
Manhattan Pointe HOA
Northside Village OA
Oceana South, Unit No. 2, OA
Park West Homes Assn No. 1
Parkside Green HOA
Parkway Gardens Association
Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park
Sierra Vista Condo Assn.
The Rivers Community OA
Town and Country Business Plaza Association
Villa Borgata Maintenance Corp.



NEW CLIENTS IN FEBRUARY
400 Condo OA Inc.
Beverly Hills Towne House HOA
Brookside Terrace
Cape Cottage OA
Copper Creek HOA
Crosscroads Commerce Center
Lifestyle Solutions Holdings, LLC
MacArthur Ind. Park
Park West Homes
Reflections COA
Sean Pathiratne
The Lakes Master Assn.


NEW CLIENTS IN JANUARY
Fremont Times Square
Knott-Lampson HOA
Canyon Heights COA
Alegre and Aldea at Paseo
Peppertree Unit II HOA
Sunset Gardens HOA
Tesoro at La Sierra HOA
Ocean Front Estates HOA
The Summit OA
Mission West Assn., Inc.

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2016 NEW CLIENTS
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NEW CLIENTS IN DECEMBER
Mount La Jolla Assn.
Palm Lake OA
Niguel Beach Terrace CA
Sonoma County Mission Oaks
El Rio Mobile Home Park
Cambridge Park Assn.
Pine Forest Place HOA
Sherwood Estates HOA


NEW CLIENTS IN NOVEMBER
The Millennium Tower
Trails at Eastvale
El Rancho Loma Serena
Colony Park OA
Ridge View Villas Maint. Corp.
Cedar Lodge OA
Images HOA
Village Parks at Bernard St.
Sunflower Townhomes
Hillcrest Vista at Country Manor
Iris Landing HOA
Tiara Imperial Apts. Assn.
Fairfield River Oaks
Mission Homes at Montclair
Val Vista HOA
Park Villas COA
Sunset Colony HOA


NEW CLIENTS IN OCTOBER
Villa La Verne HOA
Ocean Terrace COA
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Woodward Lake Lakefront OA
Tract 4700 (aka Park Place)
Edgewater at Green Valley
Villa Constance South
Nuevo Ranch, Inc.
Courtside Manor HOA


NEW CLIENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Silver Sands HOA
Redlands Village HOA
The Trees Garden HOA
Greenhills Master Assn.
Franklin Towers
M-24 Ranch Association
4139 Cahuenga Townhomes
Oaks North Mgmt. Corp. 3
The Retreat Community Assn.
Villa Di Napoli HOA
Mira La Paz HOA
Carlyle Tower CA
Rosalena OA
Leland Chateau HOA
Port Oceano HOA
Foothill Village Townhouses




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