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. Jillian M. Wright, Esq. and David A. Kline, Esq. will share their insights on short-term rentals.

Register Here!

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

    Mar
    29
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ Shields Date Garden
    Mar 29 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ Shields Date Garden

    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 @ Desert Princess Palm Springs Championship Golf Course
    Apr 26 @ 6:30 am
    CAI Coachella Valley Annual Spring Golf Tournament @ Desert Princess Palm Springs Championship Golf Course

    Join Dea C. Franck, Esq., William S. Budd, 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

    Nov
    15
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Legislative Update Lunch & Mini Trade Show @ TBD
    Nov 15 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Legislative Update Lunch & Mini Trade Show @ TBD

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at this educational event.

    Dec
    6
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Holiday Mixer @ TBD
    Dec 6 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Holiday Mixer @ TBD

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at this event.

    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

    Jan
    24
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley 2019 Awards and Monte Carlo Night @ TBD
    Jan 24 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley 2019 Awards and Monte Carlo Night @ TBD

    Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian

    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

    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. Jillian M. Wright, Esq. and David A. Kline, Esq. will share their insights on short-term rentals.

    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

    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

    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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    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

    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. Jillian M. Wright, Esq. and David A. Kline, Esq. will share their insights on short-term rentals.

    Register Here!

    Mar
    29
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ Shields Date Garden
    Mar 29 all-day
    CAI Coachella Valley Corks for CLAC Wine Tasting @ Shields Date Garden

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

    CAI Coachella Valley Board Member Workshop: Ask the Attorney @ TBD
    Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley Board Member Workshop: Ask the Attorney @ TBD

    Join CAI Coachella Valley for this informative event.

    Apr
    5
    Fri
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Golf Tournament @ Dos Lagos Golf Course
    Apr 5 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 am
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Golf Tournament @ Dos Lagos Golf Course

    Join Kieran J. Purcell, Esq., Jodi A. Konorti, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Greater Inland Empire’s annual golf tournament.

    Apr
    6
    Sat
    CAI-SD Cares – Race for Autism @ Balboa Park - San Diego, CA
    Apr 6 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    CAI-SD Cares - Race for Autism @ Balboa Park - San Diego, CA

    Join EG&H attorneys, staff, friends, and family on Saturday, April 6th with CAI San Diego in the Race for Autism. 100% of the donations stay in San Diego to help those in our community.

    Apr
    7
    Sun
    CAI California North Chapter Corks for CLAC @ TBD
    Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Join Kieran J. Purcell, Esq. at this even benefiting the California Legislative Action Committee.

    Apr
    8
    Mon
    CAI California Legislative Action Committee Days in the Capitol
    Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day
    CAI California Legislative Action Committee Days in the Capitol

    Each year, members of CAI gather in Sacramento to educate legislators on current issues affecting California’s 55,000 Community Associations. Join Kieran J. Purcell, Esq. during this two-day event where you will attend briefing sessions with CAI’s lobbyist, learn what new changes are on the horizon, and go straight to the Capitol to make our voices heard.

    Apr
    10
    Wed
    CAI San Diego Ask the Experts @ TBD
    Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    CAI San Diego Ask the Experts @ TBD

    Join Tiffany Christian at this event.

    Apr
    16
    Tue
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Education and Expo Experience @ Silver Lakes Sports Complex
    Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    CAI Greater Inland Empire Education and Expo Experience @ Silver Lakes Sports Complex

    Come visit Tiffany Christian at CAI Greater Inland Empire’s April Education and Expo Experience.

    Apr
    19
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Lunch Program & Mini Trade Show @ Palm Valley Country Club
    Apr 19 @ 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
    CAI Coachella Valley Lunch Program & Mini Trade Show @ Palm Valley Country Club

    Join Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s educational event and trade show.

    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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    WILLIAM S. BUDD, Esq.

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    WILLIAM S. BUDD

    WILLIAM S. BUDD

    Senior Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation
    Commercial CID






    Education

    Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Affiliations and Memberships

    State Bar of California
    San Diego County Bar Association
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Professional Standards Committee of the

    Overview

    Bill Budd is a cum laude graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, Bill was on the editorial staff of the law review, competed as an oral advocate in the American Bar Association moot court competition, and taught a writing seminar for first semester law students for three semesters.

    Bill brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the practice of law. Prior to attending law school, Bill worked as a community association manager for over ten years, during which time he attended more than 800 board meetings. He also earned the prestigious PCAM designation, demonstrating his commitment to the community association industry. Bill is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

    Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of business and community association management, including construction, maintenance, finance, and personnel matters. Along with providing general business and transactional advice, Bill has represented many clients in litigation, including prevailing in five cases before the Court of Appeal; two of which resulted in published opinions that are now binding authority in California. SB Liberty, LLC v. Isla Verde Assn., Inc. (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 272, 280 (Board’s right to exclude non-members from board meetings); and, Trilogy at Glen Ivy Maintenance Assn. v. Shea Home, Inc. (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 361, 372 (Successful defeat of an Anti-Slapp motion brought by Shea Homes)] Bill has also testified in Superior Court as an expert witness on community association issues.

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Apr
    26
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley Annual Spring Golf Tournament @ Desert Princess Palm Springs Championship Golf Course
    Apr 26 @ 6:30 am
    CAI Coachella Valley Annual Spring Golf Tournament @ Desert Princess Palm Springs Championship Golf Course

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

    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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