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College of Community Association Lawyers Announces 2019 President and Board of Governors

1/15/2019  -  Falls Church, Virginia

The College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) is proud to announce Matt D. Ober, Esq., as president of the 2019 CCAL Board of Governors. Ober, a principal of Richardson | Ober in Southern California, brings nearly 35 years of experience in the areas of common-interest development, residential real estate and contracts law, litigation, and defect claims recovery.  Ober presides over the firm's highly regarded community association law practice, providing full-service representation to common-interest developments throughout California. Mr. Ober is a recognized leader, noted author, featured speaker and faculty member on all aspects of the community association industry.  He has earned the Martindale-Hubell “AV" peer review rating signifying the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethics.

CCAL also welcomes two new members to the board: Brendan P. Bunn, Esq., and David J. Graf, Esq. Bunn is a community association attorney and shareholder at Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn in Fairfax, Va. He has been practicing community association law since 1993. His recent projects include the pursuit of condominium developer warranty claims and assisting clients in amending their governing documents. Graf is a partner at Moeller Graf in Englewood, Colo. He has practiced community association law exclusively since 2001, speaks nationally on community association law issues, and facilitates corporate training sessions.

Established in 1993 by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), CCAL provides a forum for lawyers specializing in the area of community association law to exchange information. Its goals include promoting high standards of professional and ethical responsibility, improving and advancing community association law and practice, and facilitating the development of educational materials and programming pertaining to legal issues.

Fellows of the College are lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct and are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of community association law. They are involved in state and federal legislative activities and prepare amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs on critical judicial cases that affect common-interest communities.

CCAL provides advanced professional educational programs to its fellows and provides solutions to community association legal challenges. It is a collegial forum for the exchange and development of ideas by some of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the field.

“As we witness an increase in the development of community associations across the country, the need for highly experienced community association lawyers is essential to the overall success of managing and governing homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives," says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI's chief executive officer. “For 25 years, CCAL fellows have played a pivotal role in shaping the community association housing model by writing laws and understanding the practical implications of the legal framework. Their work sets the tone for associations, reflective in a community culture that Americans identify as preferred places to call home."

The 2019 CCAL Board of Governors are:

President: Matt D. Ober, Esq., Richardson Ober, Pasadena, Calif.
President-Elect: Ed Allcock, Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, Braintree, Mass.
Immediate Past President: Julie McGhee Howard, Esq., Nowack Howard, Atlanta, Ga.
David W. Kaman, Esq., Kaman & Cusimano, Columbus, Ohio
Laurie S. Poole, Esq., Adams Stirling Professional Law Corporation, Carlsbad, Calif.
Brendan P.  Bunn, Esq., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn., Fairfax, Va.
David J. Graf, Esq., Moeller & Graf, Englewood, Colo.


About Community Associations Institute 
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in 344,500 homeowners associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 40,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at or and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @caisocial.  ​

Phone: 703-970-9235