Lance Stewart is a senior attorney with Angius & Terry LLP, exclusively representing homeowners associations throughout California as their general corporate counsel. Association board members often face an overwhelming number of exceedingly complex legal matters, and need experienced, responsive counsel to help ensure their community functions properly, complies with its legal obligations, and avoids liability exposure. Lance has wide-ranging experience guiding HOA boards of directors through those difficult issues, including: interpreting and enforcing their governing documents; reviewing, drafting and negotiating vendor contracts; handling complicated disputes with or between homeowners; providing guidance in membership votes, including navigating the complexities of special assessments and HOA loans for major projects; and addressing discrimination concerns under the Federal Fair Housing Act and California Fair Employment & Housing Act. Lance routinely advises association boards on effective and efficient dispute resolution to avoid costly lawsuits, but also has the extensive courtroom experience needed to serve as a zealous advocate for his clients in a variety of litigation, including: construction defect; governing documents enforcement; contract disputes; real property disputes; and discrimination claims. Lance commonly provides critical legal trainings to association boards and managers.
Lance came to Angius & Terry in 2016, but has been in the legal field since 2001, and a licensed attorney since 2009. Before law school, Lance spent close to five years working at the non-profit Southern Center for Human Rights, in Atlanta, Georgia. Lance was then drawn to the emphasis on public interest and practical experience at Northeastern University School of Law, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had the privilege of interning for the chief justice of a state supreme court, and a state senator, among others.
After obtaining his California license, he worked extensively in complex civil litigation, including on behalf of those injured by exposure to asbestos. In complex litigation, Lance consistently prevailed on dispositive motions, prepared numerous cases for trial, and oversaw a team of attorneys handling a firm’s most valued California cases, including assisting in the resolution of one case for more than $2 million following jury selection. In individual personal injury matters, Lance obtained a verdict for his clients each time he went to trial. Shortly after joining Angius & Terry, Lance assisted in the successful arbitration of a construction defect matter for a judgment against the developer of more than $4 million.