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Common Interest Community Law

Gibbs Giden is recognized as a premier full service firm in common interest community law that provides high quality, cost-effective counsel to condominium, townhouse, cooperative, and planned development homeowner associations (HOAs) throughout California and Nevada. Working with boards of directors and management companies, we devote a substantial amount of our practice to assisting community associations with a wide variety of issues. Our attorneys assist boards and management with their many challenges, including: preparing for and conducting meetings; answering questions about documents and pertinent law; enforcing covenants and restrictions; and drafting and negotiating contracts for the provision of services and construction work. Gibbs Giden provides legal counsel to HOA officers and directors, as well as managers, on the operation of associations. Our attorneys also serve as a liaison between the association and Gibbs Giden’s other practice areas. Our common interest community law attorneys work closely with the firm’s other practices including Construction Law, Real Estate Law, Insurance Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, and Labor and Employment Law, to ensure that all of the association’s legal needs are met in a cost-efficient, responsive, and professional manner.

Gibbs Giden attorneys represent a wide variety of common interest community associations including:

  • Condominiums
  • Cooperatives
  • Communities with Common Area Recreational Facilities
  • High-Rise and Mixed-Use Associations
  • Planned Developments
  • Sub and Master Associations
  • Senior and Age-Restricted Communities

Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to accommodate the needs of all common interest communities, small and large, while providing a prompt, responsive service at competitive rates. Gibbs Giden provides our clients with solutions so that they can provide the best leadership to the associations. Gibbs Giden provides a wide variety of legal services for common interest community associations, including the following:

  • Interpretation/Enforcement of Governing Documents
  • Assisting with Developer to Association Transition
  • Assisting with Elections
  • Advising on Neighbors Disputes
  • Architectural Control and Compliance
  • Contract Review, Analysis, and Drafting
  • Insurance Issues
  • Construction Defects
  • Represent clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings
  • Serve as neutral Mediators/Arbitrators
  • Litigation Representation
  • Post-Litigation Recovery Guidance
  • Application of Administrative Decisions
  • Compliance with Fair Housing Laws
  • Providing Answers to Day-to-Day Operational Issues

We encourage informal resolution when possible. However, when faced with litigation, our attorneys make the process as productive and economical as possible. Our goal is to achieve maximum recovery for every client.

Gibbs Giden attorneys are educators and active members of the following organizations:

  • Community Associations Institute
  • California Association of Community Managers

Schedule an in-house seminar on any of the following common interest community law topics:

  • Enforcement of Governing Documents
  • Manager and Board Member Education
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Ethics

For more information on this practice area contact practice group chair Matthew L. Grode at or email us at or call California: (310) 552-3400 | Nevada: (702) 836-9800