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Dea C. Franck, Esq.

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 joined Epsten, APC’s transactional practice group in 2013. As a community association counsel and contract counsel, Dea provides legal advice on a myriad of issues affecting common interest developments. Her strategic guidance spans the unique challenges and needs of community associations, including corporate governance, contract review, negotiation, drafting, governing document drafting and interpretation, and governing document enforcement, just to name a few. Dea’s outstanding leadership traits and commitment to the firm and its clients led her to become the managing shareholder of Epsten, APC’s Indian Wells, California office in 2021.

Dea is an active member of the Coachella Valley Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”), where she has served on and chaired various committees and served on the Board of Directors. She has crafted and taught an array of educational programs tailored to community association board members, managers, and her fellow community association attorneys. In addition, she plays a key role in producing Epsten, APC’s annual Community Association Law Resource Book and is a recurring featured speaker at its annual Legal Symposia.

In 2011, Dea graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude and was the class valedictorian. While attending law school, she was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and the recipient of numerous scholastic awards. After graduating from law school, 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.

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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