RHONDA R. ADATO, Esq.

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RHONDA R. ADATO

RHONDA R. ADATO

Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel





Education

University of California, Berkeley, 2010
The George Washington University School of Law, 2013

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Enright Inn of Court, Former Member

Overview

Rhonda Adato graduated from the George Washington University School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Rhonda served as Articles Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Chair of the Student Bar Association Diversity Committee, a member of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and Vice President of the Law Association for Women. She received her B.A. in both Art History and English from the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, Rhonda was awarded High Honors in the History of Art, and graduated as Valedictorian of the History of Art Department. She also graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and with Highest Honors in English. Rhonda additionally received the Maybelle Toombs Award for Scholarship.

Rhonda is a member of the State Bar of California and a former member of the Enright Inn of Court.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Dec
6
Fri
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

  • Exhibitor networking
  • Legislative and case law updates
  • Attorney Q&A and round tables
  • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

In her free time, Rhonda enjoys traveling, and has visited Mexico, Canada, the French West Indies, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Spain, France, and England. Her bucket list includes Bali, Australia, Switzerland, Iceland and many more! Rhonda is a former water polo player and current yoga enthusiast, and loves to try new San Diego restaurants with her family and friends. Rhonda’s wonderful niece and nephew, Jordan and Liat, are her very favorite people.

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KENT CHAU, Esq.

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KENT CHAU

KENT CHAU

Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Construction Defect Litigation






Education

University of California, Riverside, 2005
California Western School of Law, 2010

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association

Overview

Kent is an associate with Epsten Grinnell and Howell, APC. He has been part of the construction defect department since May of 2017. Prior to joining EG&H, Kent practiced in the areas of personal injury, criminal, bankruptcy and family law. Previously, he worked as Director of Customer Service at Speak2Leads, a software as service startup company, where he established efficiency standards and helped train new recruits with an emphasis on client satisfaction.

His professional experiences have taught him that no matter the profession or the company, at the end of the day, the goal is to build sustaining relationships with clients. As an attorney, Kent understands the best attorney-client relationships are developed over time and that to build a durable professional relationship takes trust and accountability from all parties, characteristics Kent believes every attorney should possess.
I enjoy reading and watching movies, with an emphasis on independent filmmakers. I do my best to stay active and fit by working out and ‘dabbling’ in healthy cooking, a hobby I picked up by watching episodes of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” where the science and art of cooking come together. I am an active member of “Think Dignity” a non-profit that aims to help the homeless population in San Diego, through fundraising and volunteering events.

TRINETTE S. SACHRISON, Esq.

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TRINETTE S. SACHRISON

TRINETTE S. SACHRISON

Senior Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Construction Defect Litigation
Appellate Litigation






Education

University of California, at Berkeley, 1992
California Western School of Law, 1994

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
American Bar Association
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI), Member
California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Member

Overview

Trinette Sachrison graduated magna cum laude from University of California, at Berkeley in 1992, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1995, having graduated from California Western School of Law, cum laude, in 1994. During law school, Trinette served as a Judicial Extern to Justice Don R. Work in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One. She was also a staff editor of the California Western Law Review, and served on the Executive Council of the Advocacy Honors Board.

Over the course of 18 years, Trinette’s practice has focused primarily on civil litigation, specializing in construction defect litigation, insurance bad faith and personal injury. For the past several years, Trinette has placed an emphasis on handling state and federal court appeals. Trinette’s appellate work has resulted in several successful published and unpublished opinions. The most recent include Shirk v. United States, 773 F.3d 999 (9th Cir. 2014), and Lano v. Carnival Corporation, 621 Fed.Appx. 373 (October 22, 2015).

Prior to joining Epsten, Grinnell & Howell, APC in December of 2015, Trinette was a senior attorney with Kaye, Rose & Partners, where she defended major international and domestic cruise line clients in matters arising on the high seas and in international and state territorial waters. She was also responsible for instituting a nationwide transformation of the consumer arbitration procedures in cruise line passage contracts for United States citizens.

Trinette is also licensed to practice in Arizona, having passed the bar in 2007, and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Trinette, a San Diego native, is a member of the American Bar Association and San Diego County Bar Association.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Dec
6
Fri
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

  • Exhibitor networking
  • Legislative and case law updates
  • Attorney Q&A and round tables
  • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

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DAVID A. KLINE, Esq.

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DAVID A. KLINE

DAVID A. KLINE

Senior Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Fair Housing
Contract Counsel






Education

San Diego State University, 1997
University of Houston Law School, 2000

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Overview

David Kline has been a member of the California State Bar since February 2006 and joined the firm’s transactional practice group in 2014.

David received his undergraduate education at San Diego State University, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science and a minor in English. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Houston Law School with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. While at law school, he was a member of the Mock Trial team and received many awards for his contributions. Upon graduation, he worked as an enforcement specialist and staff attorney for the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, a private nonprofit organization. In that capacity, he investigated complaints of housing discrimination and trained attorneys, association managers, and other industry professionals to prevent liability from a risk management perspective.

Before joining Epsten, Grinnell & Howell, David spent 7 years representing community associations in litigation, assessment collection, and transactional matters. His extensive experience includes defending homeowners associations against claims of housing discrimination filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH); litigating matters involving violations of architectural restrictions, pet restrictions and senior occupancy violations; preparing amendments and restatements of governing documents; and advising boards of directors regarding their responsibilities under the Davis-Stirling Act and the governing documents.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mar
28
Thu
Legal Lessons: Short-Term Rentals
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Legal Lessons: Short-Term Rentals

Community managers looking to continue their professional growth and expertise in community association management while earning CE credits are invited to join us for a complimentary one hour lunch and learn program. Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq. and David A. Kline, Esq. will share their insights on short-term rentals.

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Aug
29
Thu
Legal Lessons: Annual Disclosures @ Temecula Public Library
Aug 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Legal Lessons: Annual Disclosures @ Temecula Public Library

Community managers looking to continue their professional growth and expertise in community association management while earning CE credits are invited to join us for a complimentary one hour lunch and learn program. Attorneys David A. Kline, Esq. and Jodi A. Konorti, Esq. will be discussing annual disclosures.

Dec
6
Fri
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

  • Exhibitor networking
  • Legislative and case law updates
  • Attorney Q&A and round tables
  • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. On most weekends, you can find me and my family at the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, the Fleet Science Center, Legoland, Sea World, or at a library or bookstore. Other times, you can find me shuttling my son to or from soccer games, swim class, piano practice, or hip hop classes.

When I was in high school, my career ambition was to become a rock star. When I'm not with friends or family, I enjoy playing guitar and envisioning myself on stage with long hair and thousands of adoring fans screaming my name. In reality, though, we are all better off with me as a lawyer, than as a “musician.”

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DEA C. FRANCK, Esq.

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DEA C. FRANCK

DEA C. FRANCK

Senior Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Contract Counsel






Education

University of California Irvine, 2003
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2011

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Overview

Dea C. Franck attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude and was class valedictorian in 2011. While attending law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and was a recipient of numerous Jefferson Medals and CALI and Witkin Awards of Excellence. In addition to her academics, Dea clerked for the National Labor Relations Board- Division of Judges in San Francisco, California as a Peggy Browning Fellow. She was also a judicial extern for Federal District Judge Jeffery T. Miller and Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Prior to joining the firm, Dea worked as a post-bar judicial law clerk in Honolulu, Hawaii for Associate Judge Alexa D. M. Fujise in the Intermediate Court of Appeals for the State of Hawaii. During her clerkship, she reviewed appellate briefs and records on appeal and assisted in preparing disposition orders and published opinions.

Dea is originally from Martinez, California, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the University of California Irvine, where she earned her bachelor of arts in drama in 2003.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law Summa Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Thomas Jefferson Law Review
  • Peggy Browning Fellow
  • 2016 - Above & Beyond Service Award - Coachella Valley Golf Committee
  • 2015 - Outstanding Service to CAI - Coachella Valley Quorum Committee

  • Designations

  • 2017 – CAI Educated Business Partner

  • Additional Articles

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Jan
    24
    Thu
    Desert Dialogues: Mini Board Boot Camp @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room
    Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Desert Dialogues: Mini Board Boot Camp @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room

    A series of presentations on community association legal issues unique to our desert communities.

    Coachella Valley associations are confronted with challenges unlike those found elsewhere—lifestyle, demographics, infrastructure and facilities all evolve differently in our historical and physical environment. At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, our perspective and understanding of these issues has been shaped by years of local presence.

    Attend these FREE events with Epsten Grinnell & Howell’s attorneys, who will share their insights on legal challenges of particular concern to our Valley’s community associations.

    Speaker: Dea C. Franck, Esq.

    Jan
    25
    Fri
    Private Associa Lifestyle Director Conference @ Indian Wells Resort
    Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Private Associa Lifestyle Director Conference @ Indian Wells Resort

    Attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. will be presenting on new and changing laws that pertain to community associations at this private event.

    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night
    Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s annual Monte Carlo Night.

    Mar
    14
    Thu
    CACM Law Seminar & Expo @ Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center
    Mar 14 – Mar 15 all-day
    Mar
    29
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ TBD
    Mar 29 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ TBD

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s Corks for CLAC event.

    Apr
    25
    Thu
    Desert Dialogues: Social Media & Community Associations @ Rancho Mirage Public Library
    Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Desert Dialogues: Social Media & Community Associations @ Rancho Mirage Public Library

    If you are a community association board member or homeowner, you are invited to attend this FREE event at the City of Rancho Mirage Library with Tiffany Christian and Dea C. Franck, Esq. as  they speak on the topic of Social Media and Community Associations.

    Apr
    26
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Annual Spring Golf Tournament @ TBD
    Apr 26 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Annual Spring Golf Tournament @ TBD

    Join Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s annual spring golf tournament.

    May
    30
    Thu
    Legal Lessons: Contracting: Beyond the Basics @ Rancho Mirage Public Library
    May 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 am
    Legal Lessons: Contracting: Beyond the Basics @ Rancho Mirage Public Library

    Community managers looking to continue their professional growth and expertise in community association management while earning CE credits are invited to join us for a complimentary one hour lunch and learn program. Local Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC attorneys will share their insights on some of the most common legal topics and issues facing community associations.

    Join attorneys Kieran J. Purcell, Esq. and Dea C. Franck, Esq. as they explore contracting.

    Sep
    26
    Thu
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library
    Sep 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library

    Join Tiffany Christian, Dea C. Franck, Esq. and David E. Bruce, Esq. at this Legal Lessons and Desert Dialogues combo event.

    Topic TBD.

    Nov
    8
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC Coachella Valley Legal Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - The Show
    Nov 8 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC Coachella Valley Legal Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - The Show

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

    I proudly sit on the Board of Animal Samaritans, a non-profit animal welfare organization in the Coachella Valley; my husband and I donate many hours of our free time socializing the cats and dogs up for adoption at Animal Samaritans’ Adoption Center. We are the doting owners of two rescue cats from the organization and I would take home more if my husband wasn’t always the rational one in this regard.

    I also enjoy frequenting thrift shops, antique stores, and tiki bars to grow my collection of tiki mugs and general tiki ephemera. I have over 100+ mugs and am always on the hunt for more.

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    MANDY D. HEXOM, Esq.

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    MANDY D. HEXOM

    MANDY D. HEXOM

    Senior Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Civil Litigation
    Construction & Remediation
    Employment Law






    Education

    University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
    Willamette University College of Law, 2000
    Center for Dispute Resolution, Willamette University College of Law, 2000

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    San Diego County Bar Association
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

    Overview

    Mandy D. Hexom, practicing general civil litigation since 2001, focuses her practice on disputes involving contracts, construction, real estate, common interest developments, corporate governance, employment, and defense of fair debt collection practices claims. Prior to joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell, Mandy worked at a small boutique law firm and then at one of the longest standing national law firms, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Mandy has worked in the legal field since 1994, starting as an intern with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office and later as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice and Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

    Mandy has tried and arbitrated cases in San Diego and Riverside Counties involving complex commercial real estate matters, tort claims, contract disputes, easements, and construction disputes. In 2011, serving as trial counsel for a commercial retail center, Mandy obtained a multi-million dollar award for the client on the cross-action. In handling various litigation matters over the years, Mandy has gained the knowledge and experience to understand and manage the layers and complexities of litigation and its potential implications. Ultimately, Mandy is committed to servicing the client and exceeding client expectations.

    At Willamette University College of Law, Mandy was Editor-In-Chief of Willamette Law Online, she competed in a national competition on the moot court trial team, and was an Order of the Barristers honoree upon graduation. In 2015, Mandy was named “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal. Mandy was born and raised in San Diego.

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Dec
    6
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
    Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A and round tables
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

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    JILLIAN M. WRIGHT, Esq.

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    JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

    JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

    Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Community Association Counsel
    Assessment Recovery






    Education

    University of Southern California, 2009
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2012

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    San Diego County Bar Association
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    Consumer Attorneys of California 2012-2016

    Overview

    Jillian Wright graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2012. She received her B.A. in both psychology and political science from University of Southern California, magna cum laude. While in law school, Jillian worked as a certified law student for Hastings Civil Justice Clinic where she successfully represented plaintiffs in a wage and hour bench trial. While at Hastings, Jillian served as the Executive Submissions and Acquisitions Editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and competed in the ABA’s Law Student Division Client Counseling Competitions. In 2011, Jillian was awarded the California Bar Association’s Wiley Manuel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono.

    Jillian is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and a former member of the Louis Welsh Inn of Court (2013-2014).

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Dec
    6
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
    Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A and round tables
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and young daughter. Most weekends you can find us at the beach, the San Diego Zoo, or New Children’s Museum. If I’m off mom-duty you can find me at a yoga or Orange Theory class or holding a pint of a local IPA. Sometimes the IPA sneaks its way into mom-duty too…did you know the Zoo has a great beer selection?

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    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN, Esq.

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    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

    Senior Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Civil Litigation
    Community Association Counsel





    Education

    James Madison University, 2004
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2011

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    Iranian American Bar Association
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

    Overview

    Pejman’s practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, with a focus on common interest developments, governing document enforcement, contract disputes, directors and officers liability, general liability, construction, real property, and insurance defense. Pejman also provides counsel to corporations and common interest developments, including: contract review and negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution, corporate governance, and governing document interpretation. Prior to law school, Pejman was a certified community association manager and brings this insight to his representation of common interest developments.

    Pejman graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor of business administration. He received his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, magna cum laude, and served as Notes Editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. During law school he interned at the California Court of Appeal, the San Diego Superior Court, and the California Department of Justice. Pejman held a post-graduate judicial clerkship at the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and assisted with matters before the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Pejman is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California. Pejman is active with the San Diego chapter of Community Associations Institute. He is also an adjunct law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

    Honors & Awards

  • 2016 - 2019 - Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • 2015 - 2016 - San Diego Business Journal, Best of the Bar
  • 2014 - San Diego Daily Transcript – 2014 Young Attorneys
  • Events & Speaking Engagements

    Feb
    28
    Thu
    Legal Lessons: Litigation Prevention @ Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC
    Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Legal Lessons: Litigation Prevention @ Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC

    Community managers looking to continue their professional growth and expertise in community association management while earning CE credits are invited to join us for a complimentary one hour lunch and learn program. Pejman D. Kharrazian, Esq. and William S. Budd, Esq. will share their insights on litigation prevention.

    Register Here!

    Dec
    6
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
    Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A and round tables
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

    Pejman enjoys traveling with his wife, Ava. He is also an avid skier and cyclist.

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    DAVID E. BRUCE, Esq.

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    DAVID E. BRUCE

    DAVID E. BRUCE

    Senior Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation
    Developer Transition






    Education

    San Francisco State University, 1991
    New College of California, School of Law, 1995

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    United States Air Force (enlisted)
    United States Army (commissioned)

    Overview

    David Bruce received his B.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University in 1991 and his J.D. from New College of California, School of Law in 1995. David worked for more than four years at the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) as both a Deputy Commissioner reviewing the filings of developers in connection with his issuance of Public Reports and as a Real Estate Counsel disciplining licensees and developers in administrative law hearings on behalf of the DRE. He then worked for a major national homebuilder as an in-house counsel where he was responsible for all legal affairs for the homebuilder’s Central Valley and Inland Empire areas of operations during the real estate boom years of the early to late 2000s. There, he worked on all aspects of real estate development including drafting and negotiating land contracts and creating all of the legal documents required for the start-up of associations, including the governing documents and other ancillary agreements between a developer and an association. He also reviewed and approved condominium plans and association budgets.

    Prior to joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, David was in solo practice where, in addition to working on various real estate matters, he represented both employers and employees in employment law disputes. He testified as an expert witness concerning the application of the Subdivided Lands Law, was an advisor for the CEB Practice Book, Forming California Common Interest Developments and is the author of the “State Regulation of Common Interest Subdivision Sales” chapter within the CEB Practice Book.

    David is a veteran of the United States Air Force (enlisted) and United States Army (commissioned).

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Jan
    25
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night
    Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s annual Monte Carlo Night.

    Sep
    26
    Thu
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library
    Sep 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library

    Join Tiffany Christian, Dea C. Franck, Esq. and David E. Bruce, Esq. at this Legal Lessons and Desert Dialogues combo event.

    Topic TBD.

    Nov
    8
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC Coachella Valley Legal Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - The Show
    Nov 8 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC Coachella Valley Legal Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - The Show

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

    Dec
    6
    Fri
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
    Dec 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 am
    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A and round tables
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for 5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

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    GORDON A. WALTERS, Esq.

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    GORDON A. WALTERS

    GORDON A. WALTERS

    Senior Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Construction & Remediation
    Construction Defect Litigation
    Appellate Litigation







    Education

    University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
    University of San Diego School of Law, 2010

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    San Diego County Bar Association
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

    Overview

    Gordon Walters is an associate attorney with Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC. Gordon has been a part of the construction department since joining the firm in 2011 and has handled numerous complex litigation matters since his time as a law clerk while attending law school. Gordon has also assisted in the handling of numerous appellate matters for the firm’s clients and has successfully litigated governing documents disputes through trial.

    Gordon graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010, where he participated in several Moot Court competitions and was a member of the Intellectual Property Legal Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Prior to law school, Gordon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a B.A. in criminology and criminal justice and a citation from the College Park Scholars Program.

    Gordon is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Jan
    23
    Wed
    CAI National Community Association Law Seminar
    Jan 23 – Jan 26 all-day
    Jan
    24
    Thu
    Desert Dialogues: Mini Board Boot Camp @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room
    Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Desert Dialogues: Mini Board Boot Camp @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room

    A series of presentations on community association legal issues unique to our desert communities.

    Coachella Valley associations are confronted with challenges unlike those found elsewhere—lifestyle, demographics, infrastructure and facilities all evolve differently in our historical and physical environment. At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, our perspective and understanding of these issues has been shaped by years of local presence.

    Attend these FREE events with Epsten Grinnell & Howell’s attorneys, who will share their insights on legal challenges of particular concern to our Valley’s community associations.

    Speaker: Dea C. Franck, Esq.

    Jan
    25
    Fri
    Private Associa Lifestyle Director Conference @ Indian Wells Resort
    Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Private Associa Lifestyle Director Conference @ Indian Wells Resort

    Attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. will be presenting on new and changing laws that pertain to community associations at this private event.

    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night
    Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s annual Monte Carlo Night.

    Feb
    8
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Lunch Program & Mini Trade Show
    Feb 8 @ 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley Lunch Program & Mini Trade Show

    Join Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s Lunch Program and Mini Trade Show.

    Feb
    26
    Tue
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Education and Expo Experience @ Pechanga Resort and Casino
    Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Education and Expo Experience @ Pechanga Resort and Casino

    Join Tiffany Christian at this CAI Greater Inland Empire Event.

    Feb
    28
    Thu
    Legal Lessons: Litigation Prevention @ Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC
    Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Legal Lessons: Litigation Prevention @ Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC

    Community managers looking to continue their professional growth and expertise in community association management while earning CE credits are invited to join us for a complimentary one hour lunch and learn program. Pejman D. Kharrazian, Esq. and William S. Budd, Esq. will share their insights on litigation prevention.

    Register Here!

    Mar
    7
    Thu
    CAI San Diego Trade Show & Education Program @ TBD
    Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    CAI San Diego Trade Show & Education Program @ TBD

    Join Tiffany Christian at this event.

    Mar
    14
    Thu
    CACM Law Seminar & Expo @ Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center
    Mar 14 – Mar 15 all-day
    Mar
    22
    Fri
    CAI San Diego Law Seminar @ TBD
    Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    CAI San Diego Law Seminar @ TBD

    Join Tiffany Christian at this educational seminar.

    I am an avid sports fan and enjoy CrossFit in my free time. When I am not in the office, at a sporting event, or traveling to visit friends and family, you can find me at trivia night or at home watching Netflix with a local craft beer.

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