MARY M. HOWELL, Esq., CCAL

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Mary M. Howell

Mary M. Howell

Of Counsel

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Senior & Fair Housing
Civil Litigation

Education

University of California, San Diego, 1972
University of San Diego School of Law, 1976

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
College of Community Association Lawyers
Community Associations Institute (CAI), Member, Past San Diego Chapter President and Board Member
California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Member

Overview

Mary Howell graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1972 with a B.A. in biology. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. In practice in San Diego since December of that year. As a former shareholder of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, Mary’s practice has been limited to the representation of community associations. Clients included associations in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties. In addition to counseling associations on corporate governance and interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, Mary’s case work on behalf of associations encompassed litigation of CC&R enforcement cases, appellate representation, defense of common interest developments (e.g., breach of fiduciary obligation, wrongful termination, failure to maintain) and actions for declaratory relief.

A long-time champion of senior housing, Mary is well-known for her advocacy of seniors and her work on behalf of senior communities in California. As a respected authority on the topic, she has authored texts for attorneys on the federal and California laws that relate to age restricted communities and has been lauded for her work by numerous civic organizations and state and local governments.

Mary has also been an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and has authored numerous articles and handbooks for homeowner associations, including Small Claims Court for Homeowner Associations, and the Resource Manual for California Senior Communities. Mary has served as a judge pro-tem for San Diego County courts, and has appeared in various cases as an expert witness on community association issues. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the State Bar’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection.

From 1994 to present, Mary has served as an instructor for the California State Bar’s Continuing Education of the Bar classes on community associations and the Davis-Stirling Act. She is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and a frequent lecturer at CAI’s national Community Association Law Seminar, as well as CACM’s annual legal Symposium. Mary is a member of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). She serves on CAI’s amicus team, and CACM’s legislative committee. She recently co-authored the updated CEB text on Advising California Common Interest Developments, published in 2013. In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Mary as a Top Attorney in the Real Estate & Construction Transactional practice category.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Oct
17
Wed
CAI National Legal Forum & CLAC Annual Planning Meeting @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day
CAI National Legal Forum & CLAC Annual Planning Meeting @ Pechanga Resort & Casino

Join Shareholders Jon H. Epsten, Esq.Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq., Kieran J. Purcell, Esq. as well as Mary M. Howell, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI National’s Legal Forum. Jon and Mary will both be speaking at this event.

Nov
30
Fri
Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

  • Exhibitor networking
  • Legislative and case law updates
  • Attorney Q&A and round tables
  • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for
5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

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