WILLIAM S. BUDDSenior Attorney at Law
Practice AreasCommunity Association Counsel
EducationThomas Jefferson School of Law
Affiliations and MembershipsState Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Professional Standards Committee, Former Member
OverviewBill Budd is a cum laude graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, Bill was on the editorial staff of the law review, competed as an oral advocate in the American Bar Association moot court competition, and taught a writing seminar for first semester law students for three semesters.
Bill brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the practice of law. Prior to becoming an attorney in 2000, Bill was a community association manager for over ten years, during which time he attended more than 800 board meetings. He also earned the prestigious PCAM designation, demonstrating his commitment to the community association industry. Bill has been a speaker in many educational presentations, and served as a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the California Association of Community Managers for 8 years (CACM).
Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of business and community association management, including construction, maintenance, finance, and personnel matters. Along with providing general business and transactional advice, Bill has represented many clients in litigation, including prevailing in five cases before the Court of Appeal; two of which resulted in published opinions that are now binding authority in California. SB Liberty, LLC v. Isla Verde Assn., Inc. (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 272, 280 (Board’s right to exclude non-members from board meetings); and, Trilogy at Glen Ivy Maintenance Assn. v. Shea Home, Inc. (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 361, 372 (Successful defeat of an Anti-Slapp motion brought by Shea Homes)] Bill has also testified in Superior Court as an expert witness on community association issues.