Christina S. Saad, Esq.

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CHRISTINA S. SAAD

CHRISTINA S. SAAD

Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel

Legal Assistant: Marnie Darby


Education

University of San Diego, 2018
The George Washington University Law School, 2021

Affiliations and Memberships

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

Overview

Christina Saad joined Epsten, APC in the fall of 2021. Earlier in 2021, Christina graduated from The George Washington University Law School where she earned a dual concentration in International Business Law. Christina graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.S. in International Relations.

While in law school, Christina held several leadership positions and placed 1st in the Cohen and Cohen Mock Trial Competition. She served as a member of the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, (ILDC) Journal. Christina also had the opportunity to intern for a variety of entities including the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, a global asset management corporation, and an inter-American human rights legal advocacy group. Christina also worked at a boutique law firm which specialized in business formation law, where she practiced until she joined the firm.
Christina spends her free time hosting family and friends (she takes pride in her charcuterie boards) and hops on a flight nearly every chance she gets! Her favorite part about traveling is learning about different cultures through connecting with new people and trying new foods.

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    EMILY A. LONG, Esq.

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    EMILY A. LONG

    EMILY A. LONG

    Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation





    Legal Assistant: Olivia Castro


    Education

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
    University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008

    Affiliations and Memberships

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

    Overview

    Emily Long recently joined Epsten, APC, in the summer of 2019. Prior to her work at Epsten, she worked at a law firm specializing in estate planning, as well as trust and estate litigation and administration in Palm Desert, CA. Emily began her legal career as an attorney in Milwaukee, WI, where she worked for a small law firm that built the capacity of nonprofit community development corporations dedicated to economic revitalization work, including building affordable housing. She moved to the Coachella Valley in 2012.

    Emily is a proud graduate of public schools and universities from which she has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with high honors in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While attending law school, Emily was a Senior Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society and specialized in transactional and community economic development law. She also won honors including the State of Wisconsin’s Public Interest Law Student of the Year, the Dane County Pro-Bono Law Student of the Year, and clerked for the Honorable Patrick J. Fiedler, Judge, Dane County Circuit Court.

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    Prior Speaking Engagements

    Sep
    26
    Thu
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library
    Sep 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Legal Lessons/Desert Dialogues Combo Event @ Rancho Mirage Public Library

    Join Tiffany Christian, Elisa M. Perez, Esq., and Emily A. Long, Esq. at this Legal Lessons and Desert Dialogues combo event focusing on Assessment Collections.

    Register Now!

    Jul
    10
    Fri
    CAI-Coachella Valley Assistant Manager on the Run (AMOTR) “Dealing with Difficult People” Webinar
    Jul 10 @ 8:30 am
    CAI-Coachella Valley Assistant Manager on the Run (AMOTR) "Dealing with Difficult People" Webinar

    This topic never gets old! In our industry there is always someone that seems to be difficult… Join this webinar for some practical reminders from our own Emily A. Long, Esq. from our Indian Wells office along with co-speaker, name here. Register here.

    Feb
    9
    Tue
    CAI Coachella Valley Board Member Workshop @ Virtual
    Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    CAI Coachella Valley Board Member Workshop @ Virtual

    Coachella Valley board members are invited to join Epsten, APC attorneys Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Emily A. Long, Esq. for an informative presentation covering governing documents. Register here.

    Mar
    5
    Fri
    CAI Coachella Valley MOTR Program
    Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
    CAI Coachella Valley MOTR Program

    Coachella Valley managers are invited to join Epsten, APC attorneys Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Emily A. Long, Esq. for an informative presentation covering governing documents.

    Sep
    2
    Thu
    Epsten, APC Board Basics: Coachella Valley Communities @ Virtual via Zoom
    Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Epsten, APC Board Basics: Coachella Valley Communities @ Virtual via Zoom
    Board members are invited to join Epsten, APC attorneys for a virtual “Board Basics” presentation covering Coachella Valley Communities.
    This month’s program will be focused on rules and enforcement.  Register Now
    May
    6
    Fri
    Free 1st Fridays – Attorney Q & A @ Virtual via Zoom
    May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Complimentary Q&A Style Zoom Webinars
    with Epsten, APC Attorneys for local Southern California Community Managers on the
    1st Friday of most months – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

    Jul
    21
    Thu
    2022 Board Basics – Directors Duties @ Virtual via Zoom
    Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Emily enjoys spending time with her family when she is not working, which include her husband and three children. Emily also loves to cook, listen to music and travel. As to be expected, she is a serious Packer, Badger and Brewers fan.

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      JACQUELYN E. QUINN, Esq.

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      JACQUELYN E. QUINN

      JACQUELYN E. QUINN

      Senior Attorney at Law

      Practice Areas

      Community Association Counsel
      Commercial CID





      Legal Assistant: Suzi Estilow


      Education

      University of California, Davis, 2008
      Boston Univeristy School of Law, 2016

      Affiliations and Memberships

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

      Overview

      Jackie Quinn joined Epsten, APC’s transactional practice group in 2019 and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2016. Jackie’s practice focuses on the representation of community associations and commercial CIDs including, contract drafting, dispute resolution, and drafting and amending governing documents.

      Prior to Epsten, Jackie’s practice focused on complex civil litigation with an emphasis in consumer protection and employment matters and she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joan M. Lewis of the California Superior Court. Prior to law school, Jackie attended University of California, Davis, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Development.

      Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements

      Oct
      7
      Fri
      Free 1st Fridays – Attorney Q & A @ Virtual via Zoom
      Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Complimentary Q&A Style Zoom Webinars
      with Epsten, APC Attorneys for local Southern California Community Managers on the
      1st Friday of most months – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

       

      In her free time, Jacquelyn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and working out.

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        CAROLYN D. DECKER

        CAROLYN D. DECKER

        CAROLYN D. DECKER

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        Education

        San Diego Miramar College, 1995

        Affiliations and Memberships

        Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
        San Diego Miramar College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee Member
        The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

        Overview

        Carolyn Decker joined Epsten, APC in 2016 and is an integral part of the Executive Management Team. She is responsible for overseeing all business operations including finance, information technology, human resources, records, facilities, daily office operations and for leading a broad range of change initiatives.

        With more than 15 years of professional experience in senior law firm management, Carolyn’s skills and experience compliment the firm’s objective to provide excellent professional legal services to our clients while maintaining the continued stability of the firm.

        Carolyn strongly believes in giving back to the community and is a supporter of many worthwhile organizations including Children’s Heritage Foundation, California PTA, American Cancer Society and local area youth sports organizations.

        An active member of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, Carolyn has held various leadership positions within the organization over the years. She is also a member of The Society for Human Resources Management and an Advisory Committee Member of the San Diego Miramar College Paralegal Program.

        Carolyn was raised in San Diego, has two adult children and enjoys learning to golf and spending quality time with friends and family.







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          TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

          TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

          TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

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          Education

          Grossmont College, 2000
          University of Phoenix, 2006

          Affiliations and Memberships

          American Marketing Association (AMA)
          Digital Marketing Institute (DMI)
          Legal Marketing Association (LMA)
          Community Associations Institute (CAI)
          California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

          Overview

          Tiffany Christian joined Epsten, APC in January of 2015. With over 20 years of business operations and marketing experience, Tiffany handles all aspects of the firms marketing, client relations, social media, graphic design, advertising, event coordination, corporate branding, team building and client relations.

          Tiffany is responsible for the firm’s Annual Legal Symposia — an educational event attended by nearly a thousand Southern California community association managers and board members. Tiffany also coordinates the publication of the firm’s annual Community Association Law Resource Book and is responsible for the firm’s website, monthly eNewsletters and educational programs.

          Tiffany is a Certified Digital Marketing Professional via the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) and a Professional Certified Marketer in Digital Marketing via the American Marketing Association (AMA). As a participating member of the DMI, AMA, Legal Marketing Association (LMA), Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Tiffany remains active in the legal, marketing and community association industry as a member and/or chair of multiple committees. Tiffany obtained the CAI Educated Business Partner distinction in 2013 and has received numerous awards, including CAI San Diego’s 2015 Committee Volunteer of the Year Award, CAI Greater Inland Empire’s 2016 Committee of the Year Award, CAI Coachella Valley’s 2017 -2021 Above and Beyond Award, CAI-Greater Inland Empire’s 2018 Committee Chair of the Year Award, and CAI Coachella Valley’s 2020 Educated Business Partner of the Year Award.

          A San Diego native, Tiffany is married with two children, enjoys walking and traveling and is an active participant in the local community as a former Girl Scout Troop Leader and Executive Board Member for her local Little League.

          Honors & Awards

        • 2021 - CAI Coachella Valley Programs Committee Above and Beyond Award
        • 2021 - CAI Coachella Valley Bowling Committee Above and Beyond Award
        • 2020 - CAI Coachella Valley Educated Business Partner of the Year
        • 2020 - CAI Coachella Valley Education Committee Above and Beyond Award
        • 2019 - CAI Coachella Valley Above and Beyond Award
        • 2018 - CAI Greater Inland Empire Committee Chair of the Year Award
        • 2018 - CAI Coachella Valley Above and Beyond Award
        • 2017 - CAI Coachella Valley Above and Beyond Award
        • 2016 - CAI Greater Inland Empire Committee of the Year Award (Membership Committee)
        • 2015 - CAI San Diego Committee Volunteer of the Year
        • Events & Speaking Engagements

          Oct
          7
          Fri
          Free 1st Fridays – Attorney Q & A @ Virtual via Zoom
          Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

          Complimentary Q&A Style Zoom Webinars
          with Epsten, APC Attorneys for local Southern California Community Managers on the
          1st Friday of most months – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

           

          In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys hiking, walking, camping and traveling with friends and family.

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            RHONDA R. ADATO, Esq.

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            RHONDA R. ADATO

            RHONDA R. ADATO

            Senior Attorney at Law

            Practice Areas

            Community Association Counsel




            Legal Assistant: Olivia Castro


            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

            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.

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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





              Legal Assistant: Marnie Darby


              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, APC 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

              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

                Indian Wells Office Managing Shareholder

                Practice Areas

                Community Association Counsel
                Contract Counsel





                Legal Assistant: Olivia Castro


                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

                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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                  JILLIAN M. WRIGHT, Esq.

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                  JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

                  JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

                  Senior Attorney at Law

                  Practice Areas

                  Assessment Recovery
                  Community Association Counsel
                  Contract Counsel





                  Legal Assistant: Joy Carpio


                  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)
                  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, California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Community Associations Institute (CAI), Consumer Attorneys of California 2012-2016, and a former member of the Louis Welsh Inn of Court (2013-2014).

                  Events & Speaking Engagements

                  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young kids. 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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