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How CLAC Benefits from CCAL Attorneys

March 11, 2015

Of thousands of practicing HOA attorneys nationwide, fewer than 150 have been admitted to CAI’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers, and eight of them serve on the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC).

They are:

  • Jeffrey A. Beaumont, Esq., Beaumont Gitlin Tashjian, Woodland Hills, CA
    2014/2015 Executive Committee, Legislative Co-Chair
    Delegate, Channel Islands Chapter
  • Richard S. Fiore, Esq., Fiore, Racobs & Powers, Irvine, CA
    Past Chair and Emeritus Member
  • Beth A. Grimm, Esq., Beth A. Grimm, P.L.C., Pleasant Hill, CA
    Past PR Chair and Emeritus Member
  • Brian D. Moreno, Esq., SwedelsonGottlieb, Los Angeles, CA
    PR Committee Member
  • Richard P. Neuland, Esq., Neuland & Whitney, APLC, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Past Chair and Emeritus Member
  • Matt D. Ober, Esq., Richardson Harman Ober PC, Pasadena, CA
    2014/2015 Executive Committee, Secretary
    At-Large Delegate
  • Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Harman Ober, PC, Pasadena, CA
    Past Chair and At-Large Delegate
  • Daniel C. Shapiro, Esq., Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
    Past Chair and Emeritus Member

“The College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) recognizes excellence in the practice of community association law,” says Matt Ober, member of the CCAL Board of Governors. “The approximately 150 CCAL lawyers distinguish themselves through their commitment to the development of community association law and its impact upon common interest development directors, managers and residents throughout the Country. CCAL lawyers commit themselves to raising the bar of professional and ethical conduct in representing community associations in such areas as education, advocacy, governance, and career mentorship. CCAL plays a critical role in the development of best practices for community association lawyers, which further enhances the community association industry overall. Being recognized as a CCAL Fellow is the pinnacle of the legal profession for the community association lawyer.”

Established in 1993 by the CAI Board of Trustees, CCAL sponsors CAI’s annual Community Association Law Seminar as part of its goal to provide forums for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals working in the community association field. CCAL 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. In addition to being premier community association lawyers, CCAL members generously share their knowledge and expertise through articles, books and programs for homeowners, managers and other community association professionals. Many are also actively involved in state and federal legislative activities and prepare amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs on critical judicial cases that affect common interest communities.

“CCAL attorneys have played a significant role in CAI-CLAC and provided countless volunteer hours and dedication since the formation of this organization,” says current CLAC Chair Darren Bevan. “These attorneys offer their expertise and real world experiences as this organization works towards smart legislation that preserves community.”

“While there are many excellent attorneys who provide indispensable support to community associations, CCAL members have truly distinguished themselves, both professionally and within CAI through their writings, speeches and industry involvement,” says 2014 CCAL President Jim Slaughter, an attorney in North Carolina. “They have gone above and beyond to support and strengthen the community association concept.”

Adds CAI Chief Executive Officer Tom Skiba, CAE: “CAI and our members benefit in so many ways from the active participation of our CCAL members. They bring invaluable energy, expertise and perspective to CAI education programs as well as to our advocacy initiatives at the national and state level.”

Learn more about the College at www.caionline.org.

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