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Keynote Speaker & Sessions


Keynote Speaker | Thursday, Jan. 24 | 12:30 - 1:30pm

The Hon. Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

Mitch Landrieu headshot.jpgSponsored by Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine PC

Voted America's top turnaround mayor in 2016 for leading efforts on public health, infrastructure, and gun violence, Mitch Landrieu, a two-term mayor of New Orleans, has been named as the Wayne Hyatt Lecture Series keynote speaker for the upcoming 2019 Community Association Law Seminar in New Orleans, Jan. 23–26.

As New Orleans' mayor, Landrieu inherited a city crippled by Hurricane Katrina. He was able to secure billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks, and critical infrastructure to help New Orleans become one of the nation's great comeback stories. During his second term as mayor, Landrieu was awarded the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for advocating for and overseeing the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Louisiana's 51st lieutenant governor from 2004 to 2010 prior to becoming New Orleans' mayor, Landrieu also spent many years as a representative in the state's legislature. He will share highlights from his many years' experience as a legislator and lawyer with Law Seminar attendees.​



Case Law Update Part I

The Community Association Law Seminar Planning Committee is proud to present College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) fellows David J. Graf and Steven ​S. Weil to host Part I of the Case Law Update, a discussion of significant cases that shaped community association law in 2018 and upcoming, emerging trends in association jurisprudence.​
David J. Graf, Esq.*, Moeller Graf PC, Englewood, CO
Steven S. Weil, Esq.*, Berding & Weil LLP, Walnut Creek, CA

Case Law Update Part II
CCAL fellows Edmund A. Allcock and Laurie S​. P​oole will host Part II of the Case Law Update. Join them as they review cases from 2018 that are sure to advance the future of community association law. 
Edmund A. Allcock, Esq.*, Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks PC, Braintree, MA
Laurie S. Poole, Esq.*, A
dams Stirling Profess​ional Law Corporation, Carlsbad, CA​

Panel of Pundits

Got questions? Get answers. Attendees of all experience levels have the opportunity to ask an expert panel of attorneys about issues that have arisen, or may arise, in their practices, and h​ear the panel pose questions about pressing legal concerns and trends in the community association industry. 
Moderated by Julie McGhee Howard, Esq.*, NowackHoward, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Jasmine Hale, Esq.*, Adams Stirling Professional Law Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Gayle A. Kern, Esq.*, Leach Kern Gruchow Anderson Song, Reno, NV
Steven L. Sugarman, Esq.*, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, Berwyn, PA
Allen B. Warren, Esq.*, 
Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C.​, Fairfax, VA


INTROSPECTIVE: Are You a Jaded Community Association Attorney? 

Thursday, Jan. 24, 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Join a panel of attorneys with 20+, 10+, and 0+ years of practice experience to explore how your career’s longevity may affect your views on current community association legal topics. Focus includes identifying strengths and improvement areas for each practice level, and how to strike balance between experience and innovation to best serve your clients.

Joshua Bolen, Esq.*, Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, LLP, Tempe, AZ
Scott B. Carpenter, Esq.*, Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, LLP, Tempe, AZ
Kelly McQueeney, Esq., Altitude Community Law​, Lakewood, CO

TRANSITION: Transitioning Developer Control from Start to Finish

Thursday, Jan. 24, 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Gain new insights on the process of transitioning developer-controlled community associations to homeowner-controlled communities from a developer’s perspective. Topics include an overview of the design process from design to conveyance of all homes, developer board service, construction and design issues, conflict resolution, and releases.

Brendan P. Bunn, Esq.*, Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C., Fairfax, VA
Steven Y. Brumfield, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Toll Brothers, Inc., Horsham, PA

TRENDS: Trends in Association Fining Authority

Thursday, Jan. 24, 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Examine the evolution of an association's fining authority by reviewing Turtle Rock III v. Fisher, a case that represents a national trend toward tougher regulations on how associations must provide advanced notice to owners before assessing monetary penalties. Topics include adopting a fine schedule and proving damages prior to awarding fines. 

Lydia J. Chartre, Esq.*, Husch Blackwell LLP, Waukesha, WI
Clint G. Goodman, Esq., Goodman Law Group, LLP, Mesa, AZ 

BEST PRACTICES: Fiduciaries: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Explore the topic of fiduciary relationships and gain clarity on common assumptions about the roles of officers, directors, and members of a community association. Topics include review and analysis of those roles and how each act as fiduciaries; and the corresponding duty, standard of care, and liability that arises from common association functions.

Darren Bevan, Baydaline & Jacobsen, LLP, Sacramento, CA
Thomas Ware, II, Kulik Gottesman Siegel & Ware LLP, Sherman Oaks, CA
Scott D. Weiss, Esq.*, Ortale, Kelley, Herbert and Crawford, Nashville, TN

INTROSPECTIVE: Life Balance and Mindfulness for Attorneys

Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Learn to create inner peace and increase productivity in today’s demanding, constantly connected world of technology. Avoid burnout by exploring ways to find the right work life balance to weave mindfulness into your work life, daily life, and everyday experiences—your physical, mental, and spiritual health depends on it!

Gregory B. Coxey, Esq., Vial Fotheringham, LLP, Lake Oswego, OR
Ellen Hirsch de Haan, Esq.*, Wetherington Hamilton P.A., Tampa, FL

TRENDS: Trends in Fair Debt Collection Litigation

Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) lawsuits against attorneys who collect debt for homeowners associations are on the rise. Keep your practice and your clients out of litigation by reviewing the latest FDCPA lawsuit trends, common debt collection practices, typical complaints and allegations, and methods used in post-judgement enforcements.

Travis Campbell, Esq., Simmonds & Narita LLP, San Francisco, CA
Tomio B. Narita, Esq., Simmonds & Narita LLP, San Francisco, CA


ETHICS: Call to Duty: Ethics and Politics Concerning Duties Owed

Friday, Jan. 25, 9:00 AM TO 10:30 AM

Examine various duties owed in your role as a community association attorney and learn whether you owe duties to community association board members, the management company who sends you business referrals, or the members of the client community. Focus areas include attorney-client privilege and conflicts of interest.

Augustus H. Shaw, IV, Esq.*, Shaw & Lines, LLC, Phoenix, AZ
Raymond B. Via, Jr., Esq., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, Bethesda, MD
Wil Washington, Esq.*, Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C., Fairfax, VA

CONVENANT ENFORCEMENT: Square Pegs, Round Holes: Technological Challenges for Covenant Enforcement

Friday, Jan. 25, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Laws, technology, and society change faster than association boards can amend their governing documents. Discover how to advise your clients to use existing language to address new legal, technological, and social issues without the necessity of amendment. Focus includes common issues such as drones, medicinal marijuana, and short-term rentals.

Jacqueline Z. Fox, Greenspoon Marder, Denver, CO
Geoffrey A. Lottenberg, Lewis Brisbois, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Joel Martin McTague, Frank Weinberg & Black, Plantation, FL

TRENDS: Hot Topics: Emerging Community Association Law Issues

Friday, Jan. 25, ​9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Learn about the latest issues affecting your community association law practice and your clients. Topics include short-term rentals,  the discharge of post-petition assessments, and handling headline-making cases above the social and traditional media waterline.

Javier Delgado, Esq., Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, LLP, Tempe, AZ
Brian R. Fellner, Esq., Fellner Legal Services, Severna Park, MD
Marshal Granor, Esq.*, Granor & Granor, PC, Horsham, PA

TRENDS: Advanced Issues in Bankruptcy

Friday, Jan. 25, 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

A continued discussion about cutting-edge bankruptcy issues facing community associations across the country covering the latest cases, opinions, and trends in bankruptcies involving owners as debtors. Topics include reaffirmation agreements, objections to discharge and claims, recovery of attorneys’ fees, and motions for relief.

Jacqueline D. Foster, Esq., Fiore, Racobs & Powers, Ivine, CA
Melissa Francis, Esq., Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC, Plymouth, MI
Erin Maloney, Esq.*, Fiore, Racobs & Powers, Riverside, CA

BEST PRACTICES: Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do: Client Relationship Termination Ethics

Friday, Jan. 25, 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Long-lasting client relationships are ideal, but turnover is common. Learn best practices for handling client relationship termination ethically and efficiently. Topics include attorney responsibilities during and after termination, property dissemination, invoice and overdue payment collection, and protocol for incoming counsel transition.

David Firmin, Esq., Altitude Community Law, Lakewood, CO
Michael C. Kim, Esq.*, Michael C. Kim & Associates, Chicago, IL
Howard J. Perl, Esq., AMS, PCAM, Becker, Davie, FL

TRENDS: Impacts of Evolution: Technology, Communication, and Generations

Friday, Jan. 25, 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Learn how to leverage technology to accommodate new ideals in business interactions in a landscape of varying generations and demographics. Topics include best practices in technology for daily operations, virtual and paperless offices, inter-firm relationships, and methods and styles of communications with your clients and colleagues.

Carmen Rowe, Esq., Gryphon Law Group PS, Chehalis, WA
Scott J. Sandler, Esq.*, Sandler, Hansen & Alexander, LLC, Middletown, CT
Ellen A. Shapiro, Esq., Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC, Dedham, MA

ETHICS: If You Were Scared Before, Just Wait

Friday, Jan. 25, 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

Join a panel of experts for an updated discussion on the latest cases, statutes, opinions on ethics, and professional responsibility that may impact your practice of community association law. Topics include attorney-client communications, professional liability, social media, attorney marketing, cybersecurity, scope of privileges, and more.

Sandra L. Gottlieb, Esq.*, SwedelsonGottlieb, Los Angeles, CA
Susan Hawks McClintic, Esq., Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, San Diego, CA
Janet L. S. Powers, Esq.*, Fiore, Racobs & Powers, Irvine, CA

BEST PRACTICES: Protecting Your Law Practice from Cyber Threats

Friday, Jan. 25, 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

Cyber criminals are advancing and looking for new targets. Whether you practice in a small office with a few computers or work with a large firm with a complex network, attackers can target your computers or client data and disrupt your business. Learn how to protect your practice from major cyber threats to save time, money, and potential problems.

Lincoln W. Hobbs, Esq.*, Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood, Salt Lake City, UT
Nicholas R. Hobbs, Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew J. Terrell, Esq.*, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, Falls Church, VA

TRENDS: Religion in Community Associations: Fair Housing or Free Speech?

Friday, Jan. 25, 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

Get insights on the intersection of religion, fair housing, and other legal issues that continue to have an increased impact on community associations nationwide. Focus includes new and existing statutes and laws that impact religious freedoms and advice on how best to counsel your clients on this complex topic.

Kevin Hirzel, Esq.*, Hirzel Law, PLC, Farmington, MI
Edward Hoffman, Esq., Barrow Hoffman, Warminster, PA
Michael S. Karpoff, Esq.*, Hill Wallack LLP, Princeton, NJ
Todd A. Sinkins, Esq., Rees Broome, P.C., Tysons Corner, VA

Panel of Pundits

Friday, Jan. 25, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Got questions? Get answers. You’re invited ask an expert panel of attorneys about common issues that arise, or may arise, in your practice and hear the panel discuss the latest, most pressing legal concerns and trends in the community association industry. All experience levels welcome.

Moderated by Julie McGhee Howard, Esq.*, NowackHoward, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Jasmine Hale, Esq.*, Adams Stirling, Los Angeles, CA
Gayle Kern, Esq.*, Leach Kern Gruchow Anderson Song, Reno, NV
Steven L. Sugarman, Esq.*, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, Berwyn, PA
Allen B. Warren, Esq.*, Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C., Fairfax, VA


BEST PRACTICES: Approaching Divisiveness in Our Current Climate

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Representing community associations in today’s challenging social and political climate requires patience, thoughtfulness, and a balanced perspective. Get advice on how to react to common ethical and legal issues, learn useful client mediation procedures, and gain practical tools, advice, and methods to help address potential problems.

John D. Morris, Esq.*, Morris Sperry, Midvale, UT
Kieran J. Purcell, Esq., Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, San Diego, CA

LIABILITY: Liability Exposure in Specialty Communities

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Specialty communities like long- and short-term rental markets, and coastal, resort, and high-rise communities are at increased risk for certain liabilities. Stay up to date with the latest legislation that affects your clients’ liability exposure and get key takeaways for how to navigate common potential issues, such as negligent security and other risks.

Mitchell Ayes, Esq., Callahan & Fusco, LLC., Roseland, NJ
Daniela Burg, Community Association Underwriters of America, Newtown, PA
Phillip Masi, CIRMS, AssuredPartners, Winter Springs, FL

BEST PRACTICES: The Early Bird Settles the Dispute: Effective Resolution

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Explore how to successfully employ dispute resolution from three perspectives: a homeowner attorney, a community association attorney, and an experienced community association dispute mediator. Focus includes preparing, implementing, and participating in a successful dispute resolution process to prevent conflicts from escalating.

Timothy P. Flanagan, Esq., Berding & Weil, LLP, San Diego, CA
Matthew Gardner, Esq., Richardson|Ober , Pasadena, CA
Barry Ross, Esq., ROSS Mediation Services, Burbank, CA
​Daniel E. Zimberoff, Esq.*, Zimberoff Deutsch, APC, San Diego, CA

* Denotes a fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers​

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