Leaders in community association law since 1987.

Community Association Counsel

Epsten Grinnell & Howell is recognized as one of Southern California’s most experienced community association law firms. Our expertise encompasses the entire discipline of community association law. Many of our attorneys are recognized as individual leaders in the field through published works, legislative activities on behalf of the community association industry, and industry group leadership positions. We are active members of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). Several of our attorneys have been inducted into the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers.

Attorneys assigned to counsel your association become an integral part of your professional team. They assist the board and management in understanding their responsibilities, preparing for meetings, answering questions about CC&Rs, legal documents and applicable laws, making recommendations on enforcing the association’s rules, negotiating contracts for provision of services, and navigating litigation.

Our firm supplements its legal advisory relationship with an ongoing program of communications highlighting developments in community association law. We offer educational symposia on changes in case law and legislation, publish articles on current topics, and make available on this website an extensive library of educational and research materials that help board members and community association managers keep up to date on the legal topics that affect them. The community association transactional practice group is chaired by Susan M. Hawks McClintic. For more information about this practice area, see our selection of educational articles on community association law.

Community Association Counsel

  • STEVEN L. BANKS

    STEVEN L. BANKS

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation

    Steve Banks graduated in 1981 from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. While at USC, Steve served as the publicity director of the University Speakers Committee. After working in radio and television broadcasting, Steve earned his law degree in 1986 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the San Diego Law Review and President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

    Steve is experienced in complex litigation involving the design and construction of residential, governmental, and commercial buildings. He also handles litigation matters involving consumer class actions, defective products, premises liability, real estate transactions and property rights.

    Steve is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and San Diego County Bar Association

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  • DAVID E. BRUCE

    DAVID E. BRUCE

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    David Bruce received his B.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University in 1991 and his J.D. from New College of California, School of Law in 1995. David worked for more than four years at the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) as both a Deputy Commissioner reviewing the filings of developers in connection with his issuance of Public Reports and as a Real Estate Counsel disciplining licensees and developers in administrative law hearings on behalf of the DRE. He then worked for a major national homebuilder as an in-house counsel where he was responsible for all legal affairs for the homebuilder’s Central Valley and Inland Empire areas of operations during the real estate boom years of the early to late 2000s. There, he worked on all aspects of real estate development including drafting and negotiating land contracts and creating all of the legal documents required for the start-up of associations, including the governing documents and other ancillary agreements between a developer and an association. He also reviewed and approved condominium plans and association budgets.

    Prior to joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell, David was in solo practice where, in addition to working on various real estate matters, he represented both employers and employees in employment law disputes. He testified as an expert witness concerning the application of the Subdivided Lands Law and he was an advisor for the CEB Practice Book, Forming California Common Interest Developments.

    David is a veteran of the United States Air Force (enlisted) and United States Army (commissioned).

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  • WILLIAM S. BUDD

    WILLIAM S. BUDD

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation

    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. He also earned the prestigious PCAM designation, demonstrating his commitment to the community association industry. Bill is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

    Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of business and community association management, including construction, maintenance, finance, and personnel matters. He has also testified in Superior Court as an expert witness on community association issues.

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  • JON H. EPSTEN

    JON H. EPSTEN

    President & Founding Shareholder
    Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group
    Co-Chair, Construction Law Practice Group

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Construction Defect
    Construction Law
    Civil Litigation

    Jon H. Epsten is the founding shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC. Jon is a native San Diegan who graduated from the University of San Diego and obtained his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating with scholastic merit.

    For years, Jon acted as a community association manager. He has attended more than 1,800 association meetings. Jon’s work on behalf of community associations encompasses providing advice on all types of corporate matters including directors’ and officers’ defense, mold and mildew litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, assessment collection, construction defect litigation, and reconstruction issues. Jon has participated in and been lead counsel on many construction defect cases resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and currently oversees the firm’s construction defect and construction law departments. Jon also advises Associations on risk management and insurance, and contract issues.

    Jon has taught as an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law. He is past president of both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and has testified as an expert witness in com­munity association-related issues. Additionally, Jon was a contributor to the Continuing Education of the Bar Publication, “Advising California Common Interest Communities.” He acts as a law faculty instructor for the Community Associations Institute.

    Jon is an active member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), was a member of its Professional Standards Committee, and has been appointed to the CACM faculty. Jon is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CAI), the San Diego County Bar Association and the Foothills Bar Association. Jon was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, and has received the CAI National Hall of Fame Award. He has been the co-chair of the Committee on Common Interests Subdivisions for the State Bar, and has acted as a probation monitor for the State Bar.

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  • DEA C. FRANCK

    DEA C. FRANCK

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Dea C. Franck attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude and was class valedictorian in 2011. While attending law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and was a recipient of numerous Jefferson Medals and CALI and Witkin Awards of Excellence. In addition to her academics, Dea clerked for the National Labor Relations Board- Division of Judges in San Francisco, California as a Peggy Browning Fellow. She was also a judicial extern for Federal District Judge Jeffery T. Miller and Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Prior to joining the firm, Dea worked as a post-bar judicial law clerk in Honolulu, Hawaii for Associate Judge Alexa D. M. Fujise in the Intermediate Court of Appeals for the State of Hawaii. During her clerkship, she reviewed appellate briefs and records on appeal and assisted in preparing disposition orders and published opinions.

    Dea is originally from Martinez, California, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the University of California Irvine, where she earned her bachelor of arts in drama in 2003.

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  • JOHN (JAY) W. HANSEN, JR.

    JOHN (JAY) W. HANSEN, JR.

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Jay Hansen graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1967 with a degree in chemistry and did additional graduate work in chemistry, mathematics and education. After ten years of public school teaching, he obtained his law degree with honors in 1979 from I.I.T./Chicago Kent College of Law. Since then, he has devoted his practice to community association law, in Illinois from 1979 to1985, and in California from 1985 to the present.

    Jay has been chosen to be a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) College of Community Association Lawyers, an honor conferred on approximately 120 lawyers nationwide, eighteen in California and three in Epsten Grinnell & Howell. He has been active as a writer and speaker on community association issues on both the local and national level, focusing on issues concerning association meetings, parliamentary law, insurance, and drafting governing documents. Since 2005 he has taught CAI’s “Essentials” class for association board members and managers for the San Diego Chapter and periodically for other chapters. He has also taught CAI’s Common Interest Development Class. In 2004, his article “Difficult Parliamentary Issues in Meetings, Elections and Voting” was selected for publication in the Journal of Community Association Law. For an article on record keeping, Jay received an Editor’s Award in 2003 from CAI’s Greater Inland Empire Chapter and received the Speaker of the Year Award in 2004 from CAI’s San Diego Chapter. Since about 2001, he had prepared the firm’s annual Community Association Law Resource Book which contains the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, pertinent sections of the Corporations Code and other relevant statutes applicable to community associations. Jay also prepares a series of checklists that are part of the Community Association Law Resource Book to assist boards and community association managers in fulfilling their statutory duties. He has also developed a checklist and explanation of key coverage issues to seek or to avoid when selecting community association insurance policies, and has published multiple articles on association insurance issues. He has taught seminars and a multi-session course for community association board members through local community colleges both in California and Illinois.

    Before moving to California, Jay drafted portions of 1984 amendments to Illinois Condominium Property Act and was one of the co-authors of the 1985 Historical and Practice Notes to Illinois Condominium Property Act, Illinois Annotated Statutes (Smith-Hurd), West Publishing Company.

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  • SUSAN M. HAWKS MCCLINTIC

    SUSAN M. HAWKS MCCLINTIC

    Shareholder
    Chair, Community Association Transactional Practice Group

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Sue Hawks McClintic graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1983. Originally from Nebraska, Sue joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, as an associate in October 1990 and became a shareholder in 1999. Lauded for her ability to find practical and efficient solutions to client matters, Sue was appointed to supervise the firm’s transactional law department in 2008.

    During her more than twenty year career in community association law, Sue has developed a special expertise in document interpretation, amendment, and restatement. Each fall, Sue is a featured speaker at the Epsten Grinnell & Howell Legal Symposium where she educates an audience of more than 600 clients and guests on newly passed laws that affect Common Interest Developments. Sue has given more than 20 presentations on Davis-Stirling 2014 to nearly 500 community association managers and board members.

    Sue is past co-chair of the Common Interest Development subsection of The Real Property Section of the California State Bar Association. She regularly participates in seminars and contributes to newsletters and other publications. She has also served as a consultant to review proposed chapters of books to be published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a branch of the California State Bar Association.

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  • MARY M. HOWELL

    MARY M. HOWELL

    Shareholder
    Chair, Senior Communities Practice Group

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Senior & Fair Housing
    Civil Litigation

    Mary Howell graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1972 with a B.A. in biology. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. In practice in San Diego since December of that year and now a shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, Mary’s practice is limited to the representation of community associations. Clients include associations in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties. In addition to counseling associations on corporate governance and interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, Mary’s case work on behalf of associations encompasses litigation of CC&R enforcement cases, appellate representation, defense of common interest developments (e.g., breach of fiduciary obligation, wrongful termination, failure to maintain) and actions for declaratory relief.

    A long-time champion of senior housing, Mary is well-known for her advocacy of seniors and her work on behalf of senior communities in California. As a respected authority on the topic, she has authored texts for attorneys on the federal and California laws that relate to age restricted communities. Mary has been lauded for her work by numerous civic organizations and state and local governments.

    Mary has also been an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and has authored numerous articles and handbooks for homeowner associations, including Small Claims Court for Homeowner Associations, and the Resource Manual for California Senior Communities. Mary has served as a judge pro-tem for San Diego County courts, and has appeared in various cases as an expert witness on community association issues. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the State Bar’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection.

    Between 1994 and 2013, Mary has served as an instructor for the California State Bar’s Continuing Education of the Bar classes on community associations and the Davis-Stirling Act. She is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and a frequent lecturer at CAI’s national Community Association Law Seminar, as well as CACM’s annual legal Symposium. Mary is a member of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). She serves on CAI’s amicus team, and CACM’s legislative committee. Most recently she co-authored the updated CEB text on Advising California Common Interest Developments, published in 2013.

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  • JOYCE J. KAPSAL

    JOYCE J. KAPSAL

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation
    Construction Defect

    Joyce graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona where she obtained her B.A. degree in political science and J.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

    Joyce joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell in October 2004, and is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Joyce’s practice is devoted to representing condominium and homeowner associations in all types of litigation related matters including CC&R disputes, enforcement actions, small claims appeals, property disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, view disputes, fair housing and construction related matters. She also represents condominium and homeowner associations in mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

    In her early years of practice, Joyce served as a research attorney for the San Diego County Superior Court where she honed her research and writing skills which has since resulted in five published appellate decisions and numerous unpublished decisions.

    Joyce is licensed to practice law in California and Arizona and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Joyce is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Arizona and the San Diego County Bar Association.

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  • PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

    PEJMAN D. KHARRAZIAN

    Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation
    Community Association Counsel

    Pejman D. Kharrazian’s practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, with a focus on common interest developments, enforcement of CC&Rs, contract disputes, directors and officers liability, general liability, construction, construction defects and real property issues. Pejman also provides general counsel to corporations and common interest developments. Prior to attending law school, Pejman was a CCAM® certified community association manager and brings this perspective and insight to his representation of common interest developments.

    Pejman graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor of business administration. He received his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, magna cum laude, and served as Notes Editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. During law school he externed at the California Court of Appeal and the San Diego Superior Court. After law school, Pejman held a judicial clerkship at the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and assisted with matters before the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Pejman is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and Central District of California. He serves as a board member for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association and the Iranian American Bar Association. Pejman is also an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association and San Diego Chapter of CAI.

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  • DAVID A. KLINE

    DAVID A. KLINE

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    David Kline has been a member of the California State Bar since February 2006 and joined the firm’s transactional practice group in 2014.

    David received his undergraduate education at San Diego State University, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science and a minor in English. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Houston Law School with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. While at law school, he was a member of the Mock Trial team and received many awards for his contributions. Upon graduation, he worked as an enforcement specialist and staff attorney for the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, a private nonprofit organization. In that capacity, he investigated complaints of housing discrimination and trained attorneys, association managers, and other industry professionals to prevent liability from a risk management perspective.

    Before joining Epsten, Grinnell & Howell, David spent 7 years representing community associations in litigation, assessment collection, and transactional matters. His extensive experience includes defending homeowners associations against claims of housing discrimination filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH); litigating matters involving violations of architectural restrictions, pet restrictions and senior occupancy violations; preparing amendments and restatements of governing documents; and advising boards of directors regarding their responsibilities under the Davis-Stirling Act and the governing documents.

    David is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the California Association of Community Managers and is an active member of the Community Associations Institute.

     

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  • JODI A. KONORTI

    JODI A. KONORTI

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Jodi A. Konorti graduated from California Western School of Law in 2005. Jodi originates from Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds her bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. While at California Western, Jodi served on the Board of Editors as Executive Lead Articles Editor for the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and was an Honors Instructor for Legal Skills I. Jodi also served as a Judicial Extern to Justice Alex C. McDonald in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One.

    After passing the California State Bar in 2005, Jodi was Associate General Counsel for one of San Diego’s largest real estate brokerages, until she moved to private practice. Jodi practiced in the area of real estate law where she represented real estate brokers, agents, and private parties in transactional and litigation matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, residential and commercial real property purchase and sale disputes, residential and commercial lease disputes, and easement disputes.

    Jodi joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, in 2008 as a transactional attorney and assists the firm’s clients with document interpretation and amendment, contract review and negotiation, dispute resolution, easement issues, covenant enforcement, corporate governance, and a multitude of other common interest development and real estate matters. Since joining the firm, Jodi has authored and published numerous legal advisories and magazine articles on a wide-range of common interest development legal issues and has gained a reputation for bringing reason to high-conflict disputes and being prompt in project completion and response.

    Jodi is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the Real Estate Division of the San Diego County Bar Association. Jodi is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Association Institute’s Common Assessment magazine committee.

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  • KARYN A. LARKO

    KARYN A. LARKO

    Senior Attorney

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Karyn Larko joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, after graduating cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2007. While attending law school, Karyn worked as a law clerk for Ezekiel Cortez, a prominent federal criminal attorney in San Diego.

    Karyn has more than fifteen years of business management, marketing and public relations experience. She has worked for both start-up and multi-national firms in California and abroad. Most recently, Karyn was an executive with Creation Integrated Media, the marketing arm for one of San Diego’s larger public corporations. As a result of her substantial business experience, Karyn possesses well-honed communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills, which are of particular benefit in the practice of community association law. Karyn assists the firm’s clients with covenant and rule enforcement, document interpretation and amendment, ADA matters, maintenance and easement issues, dispute resolution, and a wide range of other legal matters. Since joining the firm’s transactional law department, Karyn has earned a reputation among both clients and colleagues for being knowledgeable, accessible, and timely in response. Karyn has also taken the lead in assisting the firm’s clients with FHA certification and recertification.

    Karyn holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and administration with a major in marketing and business operations from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.

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  • KIERAN J. PURCELL

    KIERAN J. PURCELL

    Shareholder

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel

    Kieran Purcell graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985. After serving seven years in the United States Navy, Kieran joined Epsten Grinnell & Howell as a law clerk while attending California Western School of Law. Upon graduation in April 1995, Kieran became an attorney with the firm where his work on behalf of community associations includes providing advice on all types of corporate matters including litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents and reconstruction issues. He has been a shareholder of EG&H since 2002.

    Kieran spent three terms on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), where he served as its President, co-chaired the National Seminar Committee and co-chaired the Golf & Tennis Charity Classic. Currently, Kieran serves on the Legislative Support Committee for the San Diego Chapter, in support of CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC), and teaches the Common Interest Development Law Course. During his tenure with CAI, Kieran has earned the San Diego Chapter’s President’s Award three times, and in 2006 received the Samuel L. Dolnick Lifetime Achievement Award.

    A Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, Kieran commands US Pacific Command Detachment 701 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and recently received the Legion of Merit medal for his work in support of the Navy’s Japanese Tsunami and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A former President of the San Diego Chapter of the University of Colorado Alumni Association, Kieran served 5 years on the University’s National Alumni Board of Directors.

    Kieran is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the American Legion, Post 275.

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  • ANNE L. RAUCH

    ANNE L. RAUCH

    Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Construction Defect
    Civil Litigation

    Anne Rauch graduated magna cum laude from California State University, San Diego, with a degree in psychology in 1992, received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (USD) and has practiced law in California since 1996.

    Anne practices in the areas of general civil litigation focusing primarily on design and construction disputes, and litigation involving real estate transactions and property rights. She handles complex litigation matters and has honed her skills in civil law and motion practice to the benefit of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC’s association and commercial clients who find themselves in litigation. She has also handled many appellate matters for the firm’s clients. Her work on civil writs and appeals has resulted in several published decisions shaping the law in construction claims in Bodell Construction Company v. Trustees of The California State University (1998) 62 Cal.App 4th 1508 (representing the Trustees), Treo @ Kettner Homeowners Association v. Superior Court (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 1055; Villa Vicenza Homeowners Association v. Nobel Court Development LLC (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 963 (review granted); Pinnacle Museum Tower Association v. Pinnacle Market Development (US), LLC (2012) 55 Cal.4th 223 (as counsel for amici curiae Consumer Attorneys of California and Executive Council of Homeowners), to name a few. Anne has also given back to the legal community in a variety of ways by serving as pro bono counsel on matters of widespread public interest. For example, she represented the Coalition for the Restoration of Parental Rights, as amicus curiae, before both the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, resulting in the published opinion of In Re Marriage of Harris (2004) 34 Cal. 4th 210.

    While in law school, Anne served as a Judicial Extern at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Caucus at the University of San Diego School of Law, and in her third year of law school served as the liaison between the USD Women’s Law Caucus and the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego. Anne is now active in the legal community as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Community Associations Institute, and from 2000-2001 served as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

    Anne is also active in the San Diego community as a member of The Thursday Club Juniors, a division of The Thursday Club, a philanthropic organization founded in Balboa Park in 1921 that supports multiple community service projects in San Diego each year.

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  • JUSTIN M. STOGER

    JUSTIN M. STOGER

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation
    Construction Law

    Justin M. Stoger has more than 10 years’ experience as a civil litigator and has successfully represented clients in construction contract disputes, mechanic’s lien and stop notice enforcement claims, bond claims, employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation, real property disputes, fraudulent transfer claims, personal injury and premises liability claims, claims for unfair business practices, and general business and commercial litigation. Justin brings his extensive experience representing contractors in the public and private works context to the firm’s civil litigation department, and now focuses his practice on representing project owners in construction litigation, and representing community associations in CC&R enforcement, in defense of claims against community associations and their boards, and all other aspects of civil litigation the firm handles.

    Justin earned his B.A. in sociology from Boston University in 1998, graduating cum laude, where he rowed crew and played football, and earned his J.D. from the University of Miami (FL) in 2002, graduating magna cum laude. A native New Yorker, Justin worked for a commercial litigation firm in New York for two years before moving to San Diego in 2005.

    Justin is licensed to practice in all California and New York state courts, is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and its construction law group, and is admitted to the Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    When he’s not practicing law, Justin enjoys running, snowboarding, and everything baseball.

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  • NANCY I. SIDORUK

    NANCY I. SIDORUK

    Director of Practice Development

    Practice Areas
    Community Association Counsel

    Nancy I. Sidoruk received her B.A. in political science in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an Alumni Scholar and member of the University of California Marching Band, completing her undergraduate degree in just three years. She earned her law degree from the University of La Verne in January 1994, graduating first in her class, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in June of that year. Nancy was a scholarship student, law review editor-in-chief, moot court finalist, and honored in subjects including real property, torts, and analysis of unfair business practices. She was also a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division Two.

    At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, Nancy counsels client associations on issues such as meetings and elections, document interpretation and enforcement, director duties and responsibilities, corporate governance and related transactional matters. In addition to her client work, Nancy is the firm’s Director of Practice Development, producing, editing and authoring educational materials for the E-NEWS from EG&H newsletter for association managers, co-editing the Community Association Law Resource Book, and performing other responsibilities related to firm programming, publications, industry and legislative activities and practice growth.

    Nancy is a dedicated Community Associations Institute (CAI) chapter and CAI California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) volunteer. She was recently elected to the CAI-Greater Inland Empire (CAI-GRIE) chapter board of directors from 2014-2016, serving as president-elect in 2014. Nancy was the CAI-GRIE legislative support committee (LSC) chair from 2009-2013 and has served as the chapter’s CLAC liaison (2009-10) and CLAC delegate (2010-present). Under Nancy’s LSC leadership, CAI-GRIE was named 2009 CLAC Turn-Around Chapter for fostering member interest in legislative issues and improving contributions by 35% in a single year. For her 2010 efforts, Nancy received the CAI-GRIE President’s Award and was the 1st recipient of CLAC’s statewide Volunteer of the Year award. She led the CAI-GRIE LSC to a CAI National award for Chapter Management & Development in April 2013 and the CAI-GRIE Committee of the Year award in December 2013. Nancy is a frequent author on community association legal topics, twice served as CAI-GRIE magazine editor, was recognized as 2003 Committee Chair of the Year, and remains an active magazine committee member and contributor. She has spoken at educational programs including CLAC Legislative Day at the Capitol and CAI Essentials for Community Association Leadership. Nancy has also contributed to The Law Journal, published by the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

    In 2006, Nancy received her M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, earning a 4.0 GPA and membership in the Whitehead Leadership Society for leadership and academic excellence. She holds a certificate in geographic information systems (GIS). Before working with community associations, Nancy practiced criminal and personal injury law with an emphasis on negotiation, and taught as an adjunct professor of paralegal studies. She also brings practical business experience as a marketing professional, especially serving the community associations industry.

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  • VINCENT J. SINCEK

    VINCENT J. SINCEK

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation

    Vince Sincek is a native San Diegan. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the College of San Luis Rey in 1969. Vince’s early career was that of a Licensed Land Surveyor in the State of California. His strong aptitude for mathematics and trigonometry soon propelled him into civil engineering where his land use experience, the recommendations of others in the profession, and the successful completion of a State of California licensing examination earned him the professional designation Registered Civil Engineer. Vince spent fifteen years in the engineering and land use professions, including owning and managing his own firm.

    In 1997, Vince earned his law degree cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law. Joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell in the spring of 1998, his expertise in engineering and land use has enabled him to make valuable contributions to the firm’s real estate and construction law practice areas. Respectfully dubbed the “dirt expert” by his EG&H colleagues, Vince continues to be an important source of knowledge in legal matters involving litigated boundary disputes, drainage, land use and easement issues. He also represents homeowner associations in governance matters.

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  • CARRIE M. TIMKO

    CARRIE M. TIMKO

    Senior Attorney

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Civil Litigation

    Carrie M. Timko has been an attorney with Epsten Grinnell & Howell since 2007. She was born and raised in Warren, Ohio and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Kent State University in 2000. After being awarded a full scholarship to Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, she graduated cum laude in December 2002 with her Juris Doctor. Carrie also earned her Master of Business Administration from Stetson University in 2002.

    While she assists her clients with general corporate matters, her practice focuses on litigation, including enforcement actions, contract issues, and government claims. Carrie has also succeeded on several appellate matters before the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego and Orange Counties. She has authored several articles on relevant community association issues for industry publications, and has spoken at several industry events. Carrie is a member of the California and Hawaii Bars, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She has also participated in the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court, and has served on the Educational Committee for the San Diego Chapter of CAI. She currently serves on the Legal Steering Committee for CACM.

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  • JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

    JILLIAN M. WRIGHT

    Practice Areas:
    Community Association Counsel
    Construction Defect

    Jillian Wright graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2012. She received her B.A. in both psychology and political science from University of Southern California, magna cum laude. While in law school, Jillian worked as a certified law student for Hastings Civil Justice Clinic where she successfully represented plaintiffs in a wage and hour bench trial. While at Hastings, Jillian served as the Executive Submissions and Acquisitions Editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and competed in the ABA’s Law Student Division Client Counseling Competitions. In 2011, Jillian was awarded the California Bar Association’s Wiley Manuel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono.

    Jillian is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Louis Welsh Inn of Court, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

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