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Indian Wells Office Managing Shareholder

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Contract Counsel

Legal Assistant: Olivia Castro


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)


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

    DRM – 2023 Annual HOA Community Leadership Educational Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
    Feb 10 all-day

    2023 Annual HOA Community Leadership Educational Symposium

    Join us for Desert Resort Management’s Annual HOA community leadership educational Symposium. This year’s event will be bigger than ever before with more round tables and break out sessions along with our usual blend of guest speakers and vendor trade show. More than 200 Board members will be in attendance. Book now to reserve your space!

    CAI National – Southern California Community Association Law Seminar @ Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center
    Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day
    CAI National - Southern California Community Association Law Seminar @ Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center

    Experience the premier CAI event for community association attorneys and insurance and risk management professionals. Legal & Insurance Education. Networking. Technology & solutions for community associations.

    Our own Epsten, APC attorneys Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq., CCAL & Dea C. Frank, Esq. will be speaking.



    CAI-CV Board Certification Course @ CAI-CV Office Classroom
    Apr 15 all-day
    CAI-CV Board Certification Course @ CAI-CV Office Classroom

    April CAI-CV and DCHC Board Member Workshop (BMW)

    Speaker: Brandon Abbott, Esq.

    When: Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

    Where: In-person and Via Zoom

    75410 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 102, Palm Desert

    Topic: ADR-IDR-handling HOA conflicts and mental health issues

    Epsten, APC’s 2023 San Diego Legal Symposium @ TBD
    Dec 1 all-day
    Epsten, APC's 2023 San Diego Legal Symposium @ TBD

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients and local community association board members and community managers with continuing education credits via CACM and CAI ( Epsten, APC’s 2023 Community Association Legal Symposium is approved by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification for 4 CEU’s and is approved for 2 CEU’s from CACM.

    This event is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and receive updates and insight on case law, legislative changes and trends within our industry.

    We invite you to join hundreds of industry professionals and volunteer leaders for:

    • Legislative Updates
    • Case Law Updates & Reminders
    • Attorney Q&A
    • Current Trends & Hot Topics
    • Community Association Governance Best Practices
    • Exhibitor & Colleague Networking

    Legal Symposium

    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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