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CCAL Elects Leaders, Inducts New Members

2/8/2016  -  Falls Church, VA


Lincoln W. Hobbs, a partner in the Utah law firm of Hobbs & Olson, L.C., has been elected president of Community Associations Institute's prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). His one-year term began Jan. 1.

Recognized locally and nationally for his contributions to condominium and community association law, Hobbs is known for his willingness to share his expansive knowledge and expert perspective. He is a popular lecturer with a long record of service to CAI and founder of CAI's Utah chapter. Hobbs has also served as president of the Foundation for Community Association Research and continues to contribute as a member of that group's research subcommittee. He has served on the CCAL board since 2013.

"Being elected by my peers to serve as president of this distinguished college is one of the greatest honors of my career," Hobbs says. "I am proud to be in the company of some of the best community association attorneys in the world, professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to the success of the community association housing model."

In addition to Hobbs, the 2016 CCAL board includes:

  • Robert Diamond of Reed Smith, LLP, in Falls Church, VA
  • Henry Goodman of Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC, in Dedham, MA
  • Julie McGhee Howard of Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C. in Atlanta, GA
  • Stephen M. Marcus of Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks in Braintree, MA
  • Matt D. Ober of Richardson Harman Ober PC in Pasadena, CA
  • Steve Weil of Berding & Weil, LLP, in Walnut Creek, CA

Established in 1993 by the CAI Board of Trustees, CCAL provides a forum for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals working in the community association field. 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.

CCAL members also are actively 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.

The following CAI member attorneys were formally inducted into CCAL during CAI's Community Association Law Seminar in New Orleans:

  • Gayle A. Kern of Kern & Associates, Ltd. in Reno, NV
  • Jennifer A. Loheac of Becker & Poliakoff in Morristown, NJ
  • James R. McCormick, Jr. of Peters & Freedman, LLP in Encinitas, CA
  • Hope Derby Carmichael of Jordan, Price, Wall, Gray & Jones in Raleigh, NC
  • Carl N. Weiner, Hamburg of Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale, PA 
  • John R. MacDowell of Fiore, Racobs & Powers in Irvine, CA
  • Daniel E. Zimberoff of Barker Martin, Barker Martin, P.S. in Seattle, WA
  • Lydia J. Chartre of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, WI
  • Lisa A. Magill of Lisa A. Magill, P.A. in Pompano Beach, FL 
Of at least several thousand practicing HOA attorneys nationwide, only 149 are fellows in the college.

Learn more about CCAL.


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