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Complex Litigation Attorney Mentor

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Civil Litigation
Commercial CID

Legal Assistant: Joy Carpio


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Affiliations and Memberships

State 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


Shareholder Bill 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 attending law school, Bill worked as a community association manager for over ten years, during which time he attended more than 800 board meetings. As a manager, he also earned the prestigious PCAM designation, demonstrating his commitment to the community association industry

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 six cases before the Court of Appeal; three 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)

• 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)

• Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. v. Rancho Santa Fe Assn. (2018) 19 Cal.App.5th 399
(Successful Anti-Slapp motion resulting complete dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Association)

Bill has also testified in Superior Court as an expert witness on community association issues.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Epsten, APC’s 2023 San Diego Legal Symposium @ TBD
Dec 1 all-day
Epsten, APC's 2023 San Diego Legal Symposium @ TBD

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients and local community association board members and community managers with continuing education credits via CACM and CAI (CAMICB.org). Epsten, APC’s 2023 Community Association Legal Symposium is approved by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification for 4 CEU’s and is approved for 2 CEU’s from CACM.

This event is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and receive updates and insight on case law, legislative changes and trends within our industry.

We invite you to join hundreds of industry professionals and volunteer leaders for:

  • Legislative Updates
  • Case Law Updates & Reminders
  • Attorney Q&A
  • Current Trends & Hot Topics
  • Community Association Governance Best Practices
  • Exhibitor & Colleague Networking

Legal Symposium

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