EMILY A. LONG, Esq.


EMILY A. LONG

EMILY A. LONG

Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Civil Litigation






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.

Events & Speaking Engagements

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.

    JACQUELYN E. QUINN, Esq.


    JACQUELYN E. QUINN

    Attorney at Law

    Practice Areas

    Community Association Counsel





    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

    Jacquelyn earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. While attending law school she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joan M. Lewis, California Superior Court. Jackie also served as an Appellate Advocacy Director for Boston University, and competed as a member of the National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team. Prior to law school, Jackie attended University of California, Davis, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Development.
    In her free time, Jacquelyn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and working out.

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      CAROLYN D. DECKER

      Director Profile: CAROLYN D. DECKER

      CAROLYN D. DECKER

      CAROLYN D. DECKER

      Executive Director










      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 14 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.







        TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

        Director Profile: TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

        TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

        TIFFANY L. CHRISTIAN

        Director of Marketing and Client Relations










        Education

        Grossmont College, 2000
        University of Phoenix, 2006

        Affiliations and Memberships

        Legal Marketing Association (LMA)
        Community Associations Institute (CAI)
        California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

        Overview

        Tiffany Christian joined Epsten, APC in January of 2015. She began her marketing career in 2001 and obtained her degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix in 2006.

        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 coordinates the publication of the firm’s annual Community Association Law Resource Book, is responsible for the firm’s website and handles all aspects of the firms social media, marketing, graphic design, advertising, event coordination, corporate branding, team building and client relations.

        As an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Tiffany is a member and former chair of CAI San Diego’s Community Outreach committee, formerly PR & Marketing (2013-Present, chair 2016-2017), is the chair of CAI Greater Inland Empire’s Country Faire event committee, formerly Promenade des Arts (2017-Present), is a member of CAI Coachella Valley’s Bowling Committee (2016-Present) and is a member of CAI Coachella Valley’s Volunteer Committee (2017-Present). 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 & 2018 Above and Beyond Award and CAI-Greater Inland Empire’s 2018 Committee Chair 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 Executive Board Member for her local Little League and as a current Girl Scout Troop leader.







          RHONDA R. ADATO, Esq.


          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.
          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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            TRINETTE S. SACHRISON, Esq.


            TRINETTE S. SACHRISON

            TRINETTE S. SACHRISON

            Senior Attorney at Law

            Practice Areas

            Construction Defect Litigation
            Appellate Litigation
            Community Association Counsel






            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 includes Hensel Phelps Construction v. Superior Court (2020) 44 Cal.App.5th 595, here in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One.

            Prior to joining Epsten, 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.

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              DAVID A. KLINE, Esq.


              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, 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.
              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.


                DEA C. FRANCK

                DEA C. FRANCK

                Shareholder

                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

                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.

                  JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

                  JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

                  Attorney at Law

                  Practice Areas

                  Assessment Recovery
                  Community Association Counsel






                  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).
                  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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                    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN, Esq.


                    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

                    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

                    Senior Attorney at Law

                    Practice Areas

                    Civil Litigation
                    Community Association Counsel Commercial CID





                    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 primary practice area is 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 has also served as an adjunct law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

                    Honors & Awards

                  • 2016 - 2021- Super Lawyers - Rising Star
                  • 2015 - 2016 - San Diego Business Journal, Best of the Bar
                  • 2014 - San Diego Daily Transcript – 2014 Young Attorneys
                  • Pejman enjoys traveling with his wife, Ava, and spending time with his daughter, Mila. He is also an avid skier and cyclist.

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