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Co-Managing Shareholder
Chair, Community Association Transactional Practice Group

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Commercial CID


University of Notre Dame School of Law, 1983

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)


Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq. is known for giving practical, commonsense advice without the legalese. Sue joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, in October 1990 and became a shareholder in 1999. She has supervised the firm’s transactional law department since 2008 and was named co-managing shareholder in August 2014. Sue graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1983 and is originally from Nebraska so she is big football fan!

During her more than twenty year career in community association law, Sue has developed a special expertise in document interpretation, amendments, and restatements. When the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act was re-written in 2014, Sue gave more than 20 presentations to nearly 500 community association managers and board members explaining the changes in the law. In addition, Sue speaks regularly throughout the Community Association industry; and, each fall is a featured speaker at the Epsten Grinnell & Howell Legal Symposium where she educates an audience of more than 600 clients and guests on newly passed laws that affect Common Interest Developments.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
Dec 1 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Legislative Updates, New Case Law, Current Issues & Trends,
Social Media, Next Door & Neighbor-to-Neighbor Issues, Two Truths and a Lie: Fact vs. Fiction
Exhibitor Networking, Attorney Q&A and/or Attorney Roundtable Discussions

Breakfast and lunch is provided.

Our 2017 San Diego and Coachella Valley Legal Symposia are CACM-approved for 2 CEUs and CAI approved for 5 CE credits (

Desert Dialogues: Short Term Rentals & Non-Resident Owners @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Desert Dialogues: Short Term Rentals & Non-Resident Owners @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room

A series of presentations on community association legal issues unique to our desert communities.

Coachella Valley associations are confronted with challenges unlike those found elsewhere—lifestyle, demographics, infrastructure and facilities all evolve differently in our historical and physical environment. At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, our perspective and understanding of these issues has been shaped by years of local presence.

Attend these FREE events with Epsten Grinnell & Howell’s attorneys, who will share their insights on legal challenges of particular concern to our Valley’s community associations.

Speakers: Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq. and Dea C. Franck, Esq.

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