Susan M. Hawks McClintic


Managing Shareholder
Transactional Department Chair

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, 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 and grew up in Nebraska so she is a big football fan!

During her more than thirty year career in community association law, Sue has developed a special expertise in document interpretation, amendments, and restatements. Sue speaks regularly throughout the Community Association industry, and each fall is a featured speaker at the Epsten, APC Legal Symposium where she educates an audience of more than 600 clients and guests on newly passed laws that affect Common Interest Developments.

Additional Articles

  • 10/2018, Midterm Elections Are Weeks Away: Best Practices for Political Signs at Your Condo/HOA
  • 10/2018, More Tips on Political Signs in Condos and HOAs as Next Month's Election Nears
  • 10/2018, 7 Tips for Handling Guests at Your HOA Pool Without Becoming a Headline
  • 10/2018, The Best Advice for Future Condo/HOA Board Members from 7 Board Experts
  • 10/2018, Condo and HOA Violation Hearings: 4 Experts Explain Who Can Attend
  • 10/2018, You're the All-Powerful Condo or HOA Board: Just Disband All Your Committees!
  • 10/2018, HOA Finance Committee? Gone! Social Committee? Gone! How to Evaluate Your Committees' Work
  • 10/2018, How to Make Voluntary HOA Dues Mandatory
  • 10/2018, Have You Heard of a Source-of-Income Discrimination Claim--By a Condo or HOA Owner?
  • 6/2018, Yea or Nay: Banning from Board Service Owners Who Threaten to Sue Your Condo/HOA
  • 6/2018, The Facts on What HOA/Condo Board Presidents Can and Can't Do
  • 6/2018, Setting the Record Straight on Condo/HOA President's Power
  • 6/2018, Newspapers? HOAs are Publishing Actual Newspapers?
  • 6/2018, More States Require HOAs/Condos to Have Formal Dispute Resolution Policy
  • 6/2018, Here's a New Question: Is Citizenship Required for Board Service?
  • 6/2018, California Court Bars Rental Restrictions Near Coastlines (Sort of?)
  • 1/2018, Why You Need an Annual Community Maintenance Chart
  • 1/2018, Why Now Is a good Time to Review Your HOA Insurance Coverage: 6 Tips
  • 1/2018, When Your Condo or HOA Might Need Management Help
  • 1/2018, When an HOA Board Member Can Be a Suitable Mediator of Disputes
  • 1/2018, How to Do an Honesty Review of Your HOA's Assessment Level
  • 1/2018, HOA Slips and Falls and the Lawsuits that Follow: How to Prevent Both
  • 1/2018, A Company Wants to Put a Cell Tower on Your Condo/HOA Property: What to Consider
  • 1/2018, 7 Questions for Evaluating Your HOA's Assessment Level (And Possibly Reducing It)
  • 1/2018, Is This Practice an HOA Problem Waiting to Happen?
  • 1/2018, Are You About to OK a Cell Tower on Your HOA Grounds? Know the Pluses and Minuses
  • 1/2018, New Year, New Insurance Issues: How to Give Your HOA a Checkup
  • 6/2017, Using Pesticides on Bugs? California Now Says HOAs Have to Notify Owners
  • 1/2017, What to Say (and Not Say) When You're Recruiting Future HOA Board Members
  • 1/2017, What HOA Election Records You Can Withhold
  • 1/2017, Lawsuits Booted Because HOA Boards Didn't Follow Their Governing Documents
  • 1/2017, HOW Treasurer wants Reimbursement; Board Appears to Balk
  • 1/2017, Did This HOA Board Go Astray in Its Minutes?
  • 1/2017, California Court Allows Owner to Sue for Bad-Faith HOA Board Actions
  • 1/2017, Owners Want to See Your HOA Election Ballots. Should You Fork Them Over?
  • 1/2017, Here's What Not to Include in Your HOA Meeting Minutes
  • 5/2016, Owner Disputes HOA's 15-Year-Old Debt. Does He Have a Point?
  • 5/2016, Know How to Avoid Lawsuits Over HOA Collection Tactics
  • 5/2016, What HOA Board Members Need to Know About the FDCPA
  • 5/2016, Smart Rules for Your HOA's Clubhouse
  • 5/2016, Late Notice Wipes Out Insurer's Duty to Cover HOA's Hail Damage
  • 5/2016, Is This HOA's Special Assessment Necessary? Or Wise?
  • 5/2016, HOA Owner Turnover: Was It Something You Said?
  • 5/2016, HOA Don't Preach: Madonna's Condo Bans Unsupervised Kids
  • 5/2016, Eroding HOA Rules: Agency Promises to Help Buyers Beat Pet Bans
  • Spring 2016 CAI San Diego, San Diego Community Insider, Overcoming Apathy - Encouraging Members to Vote
  • Spring 2016, CACM, The Law Journal, When Does a Variable Assessment Structure Make Sense
  • Spring 2015, CACM, The Law Journal, When Does a Variable Assessment Structure Make Sense?
  • Spring 2014, CACM, The Law Journal, Annual Budget Report & Policy Statement Requirements
  • Fall 2013, CAI San Diego, Common Assessment Magazine, Davis-Stirling 2014 – Mapping Changes to Association Governance
  • 2012, CAI Greater Inland Empire, Connect with GRIE, A Potpourri of New Legislation
  • Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements

    CAI National Annual Conference & Expo @ Las Vegas, NV
    Aug 16 – Aug 21 all-day

    Join Susan Hawks McClintic in Las Vegas for CAI National’s annual conference and expo. Register here.

    CAI Legal Forum: California Communities @ Virtual via Zoom
    Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

    Learn and better understand how new and existing California laws and regulations continue to shape today’s homeowners associations, condominiums, housing cooperatives, and mixed-use communities at the CAI Legal Forum: California Communities. Community association legal issues are the focus of a special, multi-day virtual event for community managers, association board members, and other homeowners.

    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. (

    Prior Speaking Engagements

    The Management Trust – Desert Division Directors Seminar @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
    Mar 3 all-day

    An a speaker and exhibitor at this event, we hope you will join us.
    EG&H Attendees: Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq. (speaker), Dea C. Franck, Esq. & Tiffany Christian

    CACM Law Seminar & Expo @ Disneyland Hotel
    Mar 16 – Mar 17 all-day
    CAI-GRIE Board Leadership Development Class @ CAI-GRIE Chapter Office
    May 4 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Join Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq as she speaks at The Board Leadership Development Workshop.  This workshop aims to teach you how to communicate with association residents, hire qualified managers and service providers, develop enforceable rules, interpret governing documents and more.


    CAI Greater Inland Empire Board Leadership Development Workshop @ CAI-GRIE Chapter Office
    Jun 10 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq. will be speaking at this workshop.

    The new CAI Board Leadership Development Workshop teaches you how to communicate with association residents, hire qualified managers and service providers, develop enforceable rules, interpret governing documents and more. It provides a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of community association leaders and conveys information to help create and maintain the kind of community people want to call home.

    Thu Webinar @ Online at
    Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tune in to this hosted webinar to hear Susan M. Hawks-McClintic, Esq. speak about HOA meetings and executive sessions.

    Follow this link – – to join.

    Legal Lessons: Annual Disclosures @ Epsten, APC
    Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Join David A. Kline, Esq. and Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq at our San Diego office for our first Legal Lesson. Participants will learn about all the disclosures that must be made to the members on an annual basis. Many disclosures have to be included in the Annual Budget Report or Annual Policy Statement that is sent to the members toward the end of each fiscal year. Other disclosures can or should be made at the beginning of the next fiscal year. Learn everything you need to do to comply with these confusing legal requirements.

    Epsten, APC Coachella Valley Legal Symposium @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
    Nov 9 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm


    Join Tiffany Christian and some of our attorneys at our Coachella Valley Legal Symposium!

    Speaking: Dea C. Franck, Esq., David E. Bruce, Esq., Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq., Mary M. Howell, Esq., Elisa M. Pérez, Esq.

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

    CACM Northern California Law Seminar & Expo @ Santa Clara Convention Center
    Jan 26 all-day

    Join attorney Susan M. Hawks-McClintic, Esq. as she discusses various industry trends – including digital tools and aspects of the physical environment – that will change the future of the CID industry. What should you be ready to embrace, and what are the legal implications for the field? This session will examine concepts ranging from the “Internet of Things” to lifestyle experience trends, while overlaying aspects of the law that affect the industry.

    Desert Resort Management Annual Board Symposium
    Feb 6 all-day

    Join attorneys Sue M. Hawks McClintic, Esq., Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at Desert Resort Management’s Annual Board Symposium.

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

    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, our perspective and understanding of these issues has been shaped by years of local presence.

    Attend these FREE events with Epsten’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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