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1-30-23. Managing Partner Adrian Adams along with Wendy Weber will be speaking at the CAI-GLAC HOA Education Webinar "Champlain Towers: One Year Later." Who was culpable? Structural failures? The impact on our industry and insurance. This Zoom event will take place on January 30 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

01-26-22. Partner Laurie Poole will be a speaker for the CAI CA North, BayCen, and OC Board Leader Certificate Course. For additional information and registration please click here.

1-19-23. Partner Laurie Poole will be a speaker for the CAI-Orange County Chapter January Educational Luncheon program titled “Insurance Unmasked: The Truth About Insurance.” This insightful presentation will help define terms and responsibility of HOA insurance policies, address when to file claims, the interplay between CC&Rs and insurance, and considerations for rising insurance rates. Register here to attend.

1-13-23. Partner Laurie Poole will moderate a panel discussion at the 2023 CCAL Law Seminar titled “Women in Community Association Law: Exploring How Far We Come and Where We Need to Go.” More information on this interactive discussion that explores today’s perspectives and real-world advice on topics including leadership, mentoring, work-life balance, biases women attorneys experience, advancing long-term careers in community association law, and more can be found here.

12-19-22. Attorney Karen St. Onge co-authored an article in the December 2022 Echo Journal covering 'A Framework for Developing Reasonable and Enforceable Operating Rules.' Read the article here.

12-10-22. Partner Adrian Adams, CEO Neda Nehouray, and other industry experts participated in the 10th Annual ABCs of HOAs Free Board Educational Zoom Seminar on Saturday December 10th. Covered 2023 Legal Updates, Board Dynamics, Collections Forecasting, and much more.

12-1-22. Senior Attorney Jason Savlov authored an article in CAI-CV’s December 2022 issue on holiday decorations. Check out the article here.

11-18-22. Partner Laurie Poole and Jennifer Zeivel with Desert Resort Management will present “Employing Enforcement Strategies” the CAI-Coachella Valley Educational Lunch and Mini Trade Show.  Laurie and Jennifer will set forth strategies for enforcing governing documents and working towards the goal of member compliance.

11-10-22. Partner Melissa Ward contributed an article 'Bias in Our Communities : Strategies for Recognizing, Managing, and Eliminating Bias in HOAs' in the current digital issue of The Communicator. You can read the article here.

11-9-22.  Partner Laurie Poole, as part of the CCAL Board of Governors, has coordinated a panel of industry experts exploring trending issues and topics that matter to women in community association law.  The presentation is hosted by The College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) and will be held virtually at 11 am (PT). For registration information, CLICK HERE.

11-1-22. Partner Laurie Poole published an article in CAI-CV’s November 2022 issue of HOA Living Magazine on the governance of governing documents. Check out the article on page 16 here.

10-4-22.  Adrian Adams and Allison Anderson (Roseman Law) spoke to a CAI-GLAC Managers-only Workshop on "Champlain Towers: One Year Later." Who was culpable? What were the settlements and what liability did the association have? what should managers do when faced with safety issues with their boards? The impact on our industry, including insurance. 

9-28-22. Attorney Megan Hall lent her expertise in the Unity Board Member Educational Webinar to assist board members on CC&R compliance, neighbor-to-neighbor disputes, and new law updates.

9-28-22. Partner Laurie Poole and Matthew Boomhower, AIA, Esq presented “Maintenance, Bidding and Contracts” at CAI-San Diego’s National Award winning HOA Academy. This class is designed for all homeowner volunteers (whether novice or experienced) to learn the fundamentals necessary to serve your communities.

9-23-22. Partner Laurie Poole joined additional industry experts to present “Taming the Trolls” as part of CAI-San Diego’s ongoing education events, held at the Handlery Hotel San Diego, which provided the tools necessary to diffuse harassment in community associations.

9-13-22. Partner Melissa Ward joined  Jennifer Martin, and Valeria Oman to co-author the article 'Breaking Bias' for CAI National publication Common Ground. This article contains 'strategies for recognizing, managing, and eliminating bias in community associations.' Please click the link for the article and additional information.

9-8-22. Partners Melissa Ward along with Attorney Karen St. Onge spoke at the 2022 CAI Legal Forum event on September 8-9, held at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

9-1-22. Senior Attorney Alison Greiner published an article in CAI-CV’s September 2022 issue of HOA Living Magazine on preparing for election season and the pitfalls of political signs. Check out the article here.

8-27-22. Attorney Megan Hall  and others hosted an online legal seminar presented by Echo. This three part Ask The Attorney series is exploring the eleven chapters of the Davis-Stirling Act. The seminar is perfect for new and experienced board members. Additional information can be found here.

8-19-22. Karen St. Onge hosted the KAHOOT! for LOOT, where CAI-CLAC supporters from all over the Bay Area and Central Valley competed against each other to raise funds for CLAC, win prizes, and bragging rights!

8-19-22. Congratulations to Partner Melissa Ward on her admission into CAI's College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)! Fewer than 175 attorneys nationwide can distinguish themselves as CCAL fellows. Melissa earned this national recognition due to her outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement of the legal principles and practical tools necessary for community associations to thrive.

8-15-22. Managing Partner Adrian Adams has been appointed as President of CAI’s Foundation For Community Association Research (FCAR) for the 2022-2023 year. Established in 1975, the Foundation is the leading research affiliate of Community Associations Institute (CAI), supporting community association stakeholders to address specific challenges and prepare for emerging issues. The Foundation publishes best practices reports on critical topics including governance, finance, and strategic planning, provides research scholarships for graduate students, and provides historical research and data on common interest communities found in The Community Association Fact Book and biennial Homeowner Satisfaction Survey. Having Adrian take the helm of this prestigious organization is quite an honor. You can read more about it here.

8-11-22. Attorney Karen St. Onge and Laura Ravazza presented - Community Conversation: The Rulemaking Process, Investigations, Hearings and Enforcement hosted by Echo.

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

7-20-22. Adrian Adams joined panelists Jeff Beaumont, Sandra Gottlieb, and Matt Ober at a luncheon for the Los Angeles Chapter of CAI. The panel spoke on a variety of current topics affecting boards and managers.

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.

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 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.

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. partners Adrian Adams and Laurie Poole, 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, 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.

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. 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).

Avalon at Eagles Crossing
Freeway Crossroads Maintenance Corp.
Fountain Springs Manor
Gardena Place
Surfside II
The La Hacienda
Villa Paradiso
Villa Sequoia
Vineyard Park Maintenance Corp.

Bel-Air Chalet
Downtown Commons Residential
Lorton Avenue Commercial
Park Avenue Assn.
Park Villa Assn. - Lindenwood
Rancho Larios
Riverwalk Owners' Assn.

Capitola Pines
Cape Cod Townehomes
FairClaims, Inc. (Mediation Services)
Lakeshore Village
San Marcos Highlands
San Vicente Regency
Toy Factory Lofts
Villa Canada Assn.

45th Street Artists' Coop.
Atherton Place
Canyon Hills of Riverside
Capitola Knolls
Casa De Oro Riverside
Cottage Park
Del Rey Plaza Owners' Assn.
Trade Winds La Costa
Vallejo Hills
Villa Palmilla

2500 Navarra
2500 Steiner Street
Alexandria at Victoria
Euclid Palace
Grace Park
Lois D. Community
Madrid Manor
Sherwood Lake
South Encino Corp.
Trees Association
Villa Pinos

Carriage House Assn.
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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