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8-11-22. Join attorney Karen St. Onge and Laura Ravazza as they present - Community Conversation: The Rulemaking Process, Investigations, Hearings and Enforcement hosted by Echo. The virtual event will be held on August 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. Please click the link to register for the event.

8-4-22. Partner Laurie Poole will be on a panel with Jeff Beaumont, Jon Epsten, and Sandra Gottlieb for The Management Trust’s So Cal Seminar. The panel will be moderated by Dirk Petchul and will explore current hot topics facing The Management Trust’s community managers.

7-20-22. Join us for the KAHOOT! for LOOT CLAC Fundraiser on August 19 from 4:00-6:00pm. Play trivia over Zoom against CAI-CLAC supporters from all over the Bay Area and Central Valley, with our own Karen St. Onge as the MC! Please click the link to register for the event.

7-20-22. Adrian Adams will be on a panel with Jeff Beaumont, Sandra Gottlieb, and Matt Ober at a luncheon for the Los Angeles Chapter of CAI. The panel will be speaking on a variety of current topics affecting boards and managers. The luncheon will be held Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the Skirball Center. Click on the flyer for more information.

7-10-22. We are pleased to announce that attorney Karen St. Onge joined ADAMS|STIRLING. Karen is an experienced HOA attorney advising boards of directors on legal issues they face. Karen also has solid litigation experience with construction defects, personal injury claims, complex torts, toxic torts, and foreclosures. Karen joins our growing San Francisco team of Melissa Ward and Aaron Schwarzkopf under NorCal Team Leader Nathan McGuire, CCAL.

7-5-22. Introducing the ADAMS|STIRLING dream team of superheroes featuring Judge Stirling as Thor, the God of Thunder, Adrian Adams as Captain America, Laurie Poole as Wonder Woman, Nathan McGuire as Spiderman, and Wayne Louvier as Ironman. Call us if your association needs our help.

6-29-22.  Partner Laurie Poole attended CAI-San Diego’s Educational Conference and Trade Show where there was great attendance by managers, board members, and homeowners as we all move forward after the pandemic!

5-10-22. Partner Melissa Ward presents a diligent look toward the future of associations in light of the Champlain Towers tragedy, to CAI-BayCen on 20220510CAI BayCen has held a series of deep dives into the most important issues raised by the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida last summer, providing specific and practical advice for properly identifying, assessing, and remediating building deterioration. Partner Melissa Ward, joined by Dawn Bauman, CAI Governments & Public Affairs, and Clifford Treese of Association Data, Inc., presented virtual Session IV, a diligent look toward the future of associations in light of the Champlain Towers tragedy. They will recapped Sessions I through III. The session was well-attended, and a lot of great information about insurance concerns and legislative trends going forward was provided.

Tom Skiba, CAI National CEO, Tim Flanagan, Laurie Poole, Sue Hawks-McClintic, Carissa Mace, CAI San Diego Executive Director, Jessica Towles, CAI National 2022 President 5-6-22. Partner and current CCAL President Laurie Poole, CCAL, together with CAI San Diego Executive Director Carissa Mace, accepted the CAI National 2022 Conference's Membership Engagement Award on behalf of CAI San Diego, which won for its HOA Academy education program. The HOA Academy program teaches homeowner volunteer leaders five key industry subjects: Legal, Maintenance, Bidding and Contracting, Reserves, Finances, and Insurance. Laurie was a co-coordinator of the inaugural HOA Academy. CAI National CEO Tom Skiba and CAI President Jessica Towles also presented the award to fellow HOA Academy coordinators Tim Flanagan and Sue Hawks-McClintic.

Attorney Troy Kennedy appears as special guest for Angelo Termite's educational workshop, All about SB 326 (4-20-22. Attorney Troy Kennedy was the special guest for Angelo Termite's educational workshop, All about SB 326 ("Balcony Bill"). The hybrid (in-person and virtual) workshop will cover the minimum requirements of SB 326 for HOAs, the penalties for non-compliance, and knowing the current condition of your properties as well as what structural damage you may already have.  The event had a great turnout, a mix of virtual and in-person, manager and board member attendees. Attendees earned 1 CEU from CAMICB/CAI toward CMCA, and nine prizes were awarded!

3-31-22. ADAMS|STIRLING welcomes Partner Melissa Ward!We are pleased to announce that attorney Melissa Ward joined ADAMS|STIRLING. Melissa is a 30-year attorney with over a decade of experience advising boards of large community associations. Melissa joins our Firm as a Partner and will work with Partner Nathan McGuire, CCAL, leading our Northern California team with emphasis on clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.

3-22-22.ADAMS|STIRLING's Partners announce that Jamie Handrick has made Partner 20220322 ADAMS|STIRLING's Partners are pleased to announce that Jamie Handrick has been made a Partner in the Firm. Jamie joined the Firm in 2018 and has been an enormous asset ever since, exhibiting the knowledge, talent and attributes of a Partner, and providing solid, practical advice and direction. She has served on the CAI San Diego Legislative Support Committee since 2018, has spoken at many industry events, and has a stellar reputation in the industry. Congratulations, Jamie!

ADAMS|STIRLING Partner and current CCAL President, Laurie S. Poole, CCAL is interviewed in recognition of Women’s History Month3-16-22. In recognition of Women’s History Month, ADAMS|STIRLING Partner and current CCAL President, Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, was recently asked about her goals as CCAL President, her involvement with CAI, earning respect, and what it means to be a woman in a leadership role. Read the full interview to learn more about this very accomplished woman's journey, overcoming biases and earning respect from male peers in more than 28 years as a community association attorney, and her goals for the organizations she serves.

3-15-22. Past CLAC Chair Nathan McGuire discusses new legislation and laws for 2022 at CAI Bay Area & Central California's New Laws for 2022 and Beyond 20220315More than 70 attended as Partner Nathan McGuire, CCAL, Past CLAC Chair, joined by CLAC Advocate Louie Brown, discussed new legislation and laws for 2022 and their impact on the future of common interest developments. Their presentation was given to CAI Bay Area & Central California Chapter's Stockton Virtual Program — New Laws for 2022 and Beyond.

Partner Wayne Louvier and Senior Attorney Jennie Park helped packed 1700 boxes of food for distribution to OC Food Bank 202203123-12-22. CAI-OC Outreach Committee, which performs quarterly outreach programs to serve and give back to the community, held a food drive the weekend of March 11-12. On Saturday, volunteers (among them, our Partner, Wayne Louvier, and our Senior Attorney Jennie Vu Park, shown here with fellow Outreach Committee Member Diane Weissberg, Manager of Client Relations at Fiore Racobs & Powers), packed 1,700 boxes of food! The drive benefited the OC Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County, which unites communities to end hunger and malnutrition. Great work, everyone!

Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, current President of CCAL, will be joined by CAI’s other women leaders for a conversation honoring their accomplishments and learning how they have worked to BreaktheBias3-8-22. March 8, International Women’s Day, celebrated the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marked a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, current President of CCAL, was joined by Lisa Cox, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM, Chair, CAI’s Managers Council; Cynthia Jones, Esq., Chair, CAI’s Business Partners Council; Caroline Record, CCAL, Past President, Foundation for Community Association Research; and Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, President, CAI’s Board of Trustees, in a special conversation about how they have worked to #BreaktheBias. More than 144 attendees listened in as these accomplished women invited us to imagine a gender-equal world. click here to view the recorded webinar.

ADAMS|STIRLING Partners Adrian Adams, Laurie Poole and Nathan McGuire present a webinar discussion of new intrusive lender questionnaries on 03022022 at noon3-2-22. As a result of tightening lending standards arising out of the tragic condominium tower collapse in Florida last year, Adams|Stirling has been inundated with requests for help regarding new lender questionnaires asking open-ended questions about deferred maintenance, unsafe conditions, inspections, special assessments, and reserves. For good reasons, boards and managers may be reluctant to answer the questions for fear of incurring potential liability. Adams|Stirling partners Adrian Adams, Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, and Nathan McGuire, CCAL held a webinar discussing whether boards should answer the questions and, if so, how to minimize potential liability. Nearly 600 attendees took away a ton of valuable information and insight into an increasingly pressing issue.

ADAMS|STIRLING Partners and Senior Attorneys at CCAL 2022 Law Seminar 20220210Congratulations to CCAL and its new president, Adams|Stirling partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, for a very successful 2022 Law Seminar, held at the La Quinta Resort the week of Feb. 7. The event drew an impressive 700  in-person and virtual attendees and was given high marks by all.


2-22-22. ADAMS|STIRLING Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL presents Maintenance, Bidding and Contracts to CAI-San Diego's HOA Academy 20220222CAI- San Diego reprised its popular HOA Academy, designed for all homeowner volunteers (whether novice or experienced) and managers, every tuesday evening in february from 5:00-7:30pm. The complimentary four-week course, held via Zoom, covered the fundamentals of five key areas of community association governance: legal, reserves, finance, insurance and maintenance, contracts and bidding. adams|stirling partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, was joined by Andrew Henley of Protec Building Services to present Maintenance, Bidding and Contracts. The popular class drew 40 students.

Founder and Managing Partner Adrian Adams presents EEEs and Reserves, a Deeper Look at SB 326, to CAI CNC's Educational Program 202202172-17-22. Adrian Adams was joined by Bob Browning, PCAM, RS, of Browning Reserve Group, and Joe Barretta, of River City Restoration Inc., to present Eees and Reserves, A Deeper Look at SB 326, at CAI CNC'S Educational Program February 17 from 11:00am -1:00pm. Nearly 200 attendees got a broad overview of Exterior Elevated Elements, inspection requirements, how reserves are impacted, the effects of Civil Code § 5551, and much more, at the very informative event.

Nathan McGuire, Managing Partner of ADAMS|STIRLING's Northern California offices, is inducted into CCAL's 2022 class of Fellows, seen here with (l-r) Jessica Towles, CAI National's President, David Kaman, CCAL Past-President, and Tom Skiba, CAI National's CEO2-10-22. ADAMS|STIRLING is proud to congratulate Partner Nathan McGuire for his induction into the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). As a Fellow of the College, Nathan joins an elite group of only 161 attorneys nationwide to have earned this distinction. Congratulations, Nathan, on achieving this rare honor!


2-9-22.20220209 Adrian Adams speaks at CAI's Annual Law Seminar on The Pandemic's Impact on Law Firm Technology: A Brave New World Adrian Adams spoke at CAI's Annual Law Seminar, held at the spectacular La Quinta Resort & Club, February 9-12. The event, brought to you each year by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), as part of its commitment to advancing the knowledge and practice of community association law, was live and in-person with a hybrid component this year. Adrian was joined by Maria Kao of Berding & Weil and Nathan Bettenhausen of Fiore Racobs & Powers in a panel presentation on The Pandemic's Impact on Law Firm Technology: A Brave New World. The very well-received event earned high marks from attendees for a terrific presentation on a fascinating and timely topic.

20220208 Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL and Senior Attorney Jason Savlov present Managing Legislative & Regulatory Changes!! to CAI-Coachella Valley’s Board Member Workshop2-8-22. Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL and Senior Attorney Jason Savlov presented Managing Legislative & Regulatory Changes!! to CAI-Coachella Valley’s Board Member Workshop. Jason and Laurie provided practical guidance to homeowner leaders on complying with new legislation.


Senior Attorney Alex Sohal and Client Relations Director, Northern California, Miranda Ward, man the booth at CACM's 2022 Northern California Law Seminar & Expo, Cheers to 30 Years 202202032-3-22. Senior Attorney Alex Sohal, Attorney Allyson Calvird, and Client Relations Director, Northern California, Miranda Ward, attended California Association of Community Managers' (CACM) 2022 Northern California Law Seminar & Expo, Cheers to 30 Years. The in-person event, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center Feb. 3‑4, drew over 300 managers and 180 industry partners with booths in the expo. The event also featured 8 breakout sessions alongside a New Case Law session.

Senior Attorney Alison Greiner and Client Relations Director, Southern California Candace Schwartz attend CAI-GRIE's TOPS awards on 202201271-27-22. Senior Attorney Alison Greiner and Client Relations Director, Southern California Candace Schwartz attended CAI-GRIE's TOPS (Top of Profession & Service) awards luncheon at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula. The annual event honors the achievements and outstanding work of a variety of professionals and volunteers in the Common Interest Development Industry.

1-6-22. ADAMS | STIRLING congratulates Partner, Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, on beginning term as President of CCAL Board of Governors 20220101 ADAMS|STIRLING is pleased to congratulate our Partner, Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, who began her term as President of the CCAL Board of Governors on January 1. Laurie has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2018, and co-chairs its Governing Documents Task Force. Click here to read the full press release from the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).

Carriage House
Living Free
South Encino Corp.

690 Market Club
690 Market
690 Market Master
Canyon Ranch
Carmalee Estates
Cienaga Seabreeze Park
Creekside Homes
Del Mar Woods
Harbor Oaks
Kern City Civic Assn.
Lakes RV Park
Mission Villas
Muirwood Square
Rancho Dorado
Sharon Hills
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Forty
Westbury Terrace
Woodbury Maintenance Corp.
Villagio Carlsbad Maintenance Assn.

Anoakia Estates HOA
Beach Hill Vista HOA
Canoga Lakes HOA
Chateau del Rey COA
Cougar Place No. 2 HOA
Hampton Residential Assn
Islandia HOA
Pacific Menifee, Inc.
Pier 1900 HOA
Rancho La Jota Mutual Water Co.
Stanford Park HOA
Stoneglen Condo Assn
Village Grove Condo Assn
Walnut Creek Mutual 53
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Eight
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Seventy
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Thirty
Willow Glen Grove HOA

1310 Minnesota Street OA
Bridgeport at Eden Shores HOA
Coronado Pointe HOA
Gilroy Country Oaks Estates HOA
Glendale Executive Townhomes HOA
Panorama Condominium OA
Redbud Estates
The Hamilton HOA
The Keys COA
The Livingston Drive Homeowners' Corp.
The Terraces At Dublin Ranch Villages OA
Tract 4487 HOA
Villa El Monte HOA
Walnut Creek Mutual No. 58
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Sixty-Eight
Walnut Creek Mutual No. Twenty-Two
Westaire HOA

1205 Villa Catalina HOA
Arcade Lake Condo Assn
Belmar Riviera OA, Inc.
Bungalow Court HOA, Inc.
Cambridge Terrace Tract No. 3140 Assn
Chantarelle HOA
Hefley Square HOA
Laguna Falls HOA
One Fifty Five Pearl Assn
Park Regency COA
Pilot Hill Crossing HOA
Rivage Condo Assn
Spyglass HOA
Sugarpine Parkside Assn
Verge Neighborhood Assn
Wallis Ranch OA

Churchill Condo Assn
Design Villas HOA, Inc.
Exeter Square HOA
Florin Gardens CoOp, Inc.
Four Seasons OA
Lake Mont Pines HOA
Lindenwood Condo Assn
Mansionette Village No. 2 HOA
Miraflores Park HOA
North Silverwood OA
Oakmont Park HOA
Orange Tree Terrace OA
Sunrise Oasis Estates HOA, Inc.
Villas at Rancho Pacifica, Inc.
West Cliffe II HOA
Windsor West OA

Century Park Place Condo Assn
Elmhurst Apartments OYO Assn
Glenbrook Artesia HOA
Montego Village HOA
One East HOA
Palazzo Di Via Verde Assn
Park Villas South Condo Assn, Inc.
Point Tiburon Marsh Condo Assn
Rosebay HOA
Tesoro Del Valle Master HOA
Walnut Creek Mutual Fifty (Mutual 50)


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