Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Contract Counsel


University of Colorado, 1985
California Western School of Law, 1995

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
American Legion, Post 275
Community Associations Institute (CAI), Member, San Diego Chapter Past President and Board Member
Legislative Co-Chair, California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)
Legislative Support Committee (LSC), Member, San Diego Chapter
California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Member


Kieran Purcell graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985. After serving seven years in the United States Navy, Kieran joined Epsten, APC as a law clerk while attending California Western School of Law. Upon graduation in April 1995, Kieran became an attorney with the firm where his work on behalf of community associations includes providing advice on all types of corporate matters including litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents and reconstruction issues. He has been a shareholder of Epsten, APC since 2002.

Kieran spent three terms on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), where he served as its President, co-chaired the National Seminar Committee and co-chaired the Golf & Tennis Charity Classic. Currently, Kieran is a delegate for the San Diego Chapter’s Legislative Support Committee, Legislative Co-Chair for the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC), and teaches the Common Interest Development Law Course. During his tenure with CAI, Kieran has earned the San Diego Chapter’s President’s Award four times, and in 2006 was recognized with the Samuel L. Dolnick Lifetime Achievement Award.

In September 2015, Captain Kieran Purcell retired from the United States Navy after 30 years of active and reserve service, including 3 tours as Commanding Officer.

A former President of the San Diego Chapter of the University of Colorado Alumni Association, Kieran served 5 years on the University’s National Alumni Board of Directors.

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 - Present Legislative Co-Chair for the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)
  • 2018 - CAI San Diego Chapter Committee Member of the Year
  • 2018 - 2019- Chair, California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) SB 721 Task Force
  • 2006 - 2009, 2017-Present - California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) Delegate
  • 2012 - Present - CAI Legislative Support Committee (LSC)
  • 2014 - CAI San Diego Chapter President's Award
  • 2004-2011 - California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)
  • 2007 - CAI San Diego Chapter President's Award
  • 2006 - CAI San Diego Chapter, Samuel L. Dolnick Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2005 - Present - CAI San Diego Legislative Support Committee (LSC) (including local CLAC)
  • 2005 - President, CAI San Diego Chapter
  • 2004 - Co-Chair, CAI National Conference Committee
  • 2004 - CAI San Diego Chapter President’s Award
  • 2003-2005 - CAI San Diego Chapter Board Member
  • 2001 - CAI San Diego Chapter President’s Award
  • 2000-2005 - University of Colorado National Alumni Board of Directors
  • 1999 - Co-Chair, CAI San Diego Golf and Tennis Charity Classic
  • 1998-2001 - CAI San Diego Chapter Board Member
  • 1996-2000 - President, San Diego Chapter of the University of Colorado Alumni Association

  • Additional Articles

    • Condominium Association Can Enact Rules Excluding Non-Resident Owner From Using Common Area Recreational Facilities
    • Delegation of Board of Directors Powers to Officers and Committee
    • Amendment To Bylaws Creating A New And Disadvantaged Class Must Be Approved By Members Of That Class
    • Ethics In Community Association Management
    • If You Aren’t Supporting CLAC, You Aren’t Paying Attention (President’s Message)

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Epsten, APC Board Basics: Rules & Enforcement @ Virtual via Zoom
    Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Board members are invited to join Epsten, APC attorneys for a virtual “Board Basics” presentation covering the key responsibilities of being a board member.
    This month’s program will be focused on rules and enforcement.  Register Now

    Epsten, APC Legal Symposium: Part I of a Two-Part Webinar Series @ Virtual via Zoom
    Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    A Two-Part Webinar Series

    Friday, December 3, 2021 & Friday, December 10, 2021
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    Part I – December 3rd
    New legal updates affecting common interest developments
    Opportunity to submit questions for discussion on 12/10

    Part II – December 10th
    Attorney Q&A

    Our Annual Legal Symposium provides community managers with continuing education credits via CACM and CAI (CAMICB).
    Our 2021 program (for managers attending Part I and Part II) is pending approval via CACM (1 CEU) and the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB – 4 CEUs) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification. (

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