Senior Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Assessment Recovery
Community Association Counsel


University of California, San Diego, 2001
University of San Diego School of Law, 2005

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Community Associations Institute (CAI)


Elisa M. Pérez is a native of Southern California and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she studied history, international relations and economics. Prior to passing the California State Bar, Elisa concentrated her law school curriculum on international business and real estate. She received high honors from the University of San Diego School of Law for her work in land use with the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency and completed graduate course work in International Business Transactions and Comparative Constitutional Law under the instruction of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in Nice, France. She also attained an internship with the Spanish law firm of De Pasqual & Marzo in Barcelona, Spain, where she dealt with real estate and corporate matters for companies operating primarily in Spain, England and France.

Since 2008, Elisa has maintained her focus on property law matters in representing homeowners and homeowner associations alike in litigation, small claims, assessment collection, and enforcement matters. She has counseled municipal agencies in landlord/tenant actions involving habitability issues in mobilehome parks and has worked with the California Department of Housing and Community Development on behalf of property owners. Elisa is well-versed not only in property law at the local and state levels, but also in the practical aspects of how such laws affect homeowner associations, property owners and tenants on a day-to-day basis here in California. In keeping her focus on property law, Elisa joined Epsten, Grinnell & Howell, APC, in 2012. She currently handles litigation matters related to the recovery of assessments and assists in supervising the firm’s Assessment Recovery Department. Elisa is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.

As an active member of the community, Elisa enjoys volunteering for organizations promoting equality of opportunity and human rights, such as Habitat for Humanity, the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Rachel’s Woman Center. She is also fluent in Spanish.


  • 2017 – CAI Educated Business Partner
  • With a husband and two toddlers at home, I spend my “free” time as our family’s event planner. My husband and I love taking our boys out to experience all that living in San Diego has to offer, from building sand castles on the beach to spending the day at Balboa Park, the Zoo or SeaWorld. Planning family “staycations” here in town and weekend trips to Anaheim or the Coachella Valley helps keep us in good spirits, ready to tackle the demands of our jobs and our boisterous boys throughout the workweek.

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