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
  • Events & Speaking Engagements

    CACM Executive Summit @ Loews Coronado Bay Resort
    May 20 – May 21 all-day

    Register today to join shareholders Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Kieran J. Purcell, and Bill S. Budd at CACM’s Executive Leadership Summit.

    This exclusive event is designed for management company decision makers. The collaborative atmosphere provides executives with the freedom to discuss challenging issues in an effort to find creative and collective solutions for the future of our industry.

    Be part of rich conversations among peers who are committed to defining the future of our industry. Share, brainstorm and collaborate in an innovative and thought-provoking setting, while developing valuable new connections.

    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.

    I love walking to the Ocean Beach pier to take photos of the sunset. Walking and being out on the pier is very peaceful for me.

    In my less peaceful moments, I love live music. I like rock music both old and new. Rock on!

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