Ms. Andersen represents community associations in corporate governance, operational, transactional, and civil litigation matters. She has over fifteen years’ experience negotiating and litigating CC&R enforcement, real estate fraud and disclosure, contract interpretation and compliance, breach of fiduciary duty, fair housing, free speech, due process, and insurance coverage matters.
Ms. Andersen specializes in complex construction defect matters. She has successfully mediated the settlement of claims for water intrusion at exterior cladding systems (siding, stucco, stone veneer and curtain walls), roofing systems, windows, balconies, decks, stairways and entry landings; mechanical systems (hot water distribution, air conditioning, humidity control, gray water discharge); structural systems; foundation systems (post-tensioned slab on grade and elevated podium deck structures); electrical systems; acoustical systems; and civil infrastructure including site drainage, reclaimed water distribution, attachment of municipal sewer mains to private lots, differential settlement, soil stability and groundwater dewatering systems.
Ms. Andersen achieved notable success managing condominium conversion claims through settlement and trial. This experience includes the evaluation of developer compliance with applicable condominium conversion laws, sufficiency of developer prepared operating and reserve budgets, sufficiency of developer disclosures to condominium associations and members, and the investigation of converters’ construction practices.
Ms. Andersen’s insurance practice includes both the prosecution and defense of community associations in insurance coverage matters. Ms. Andersen has litigated policy provisions related to coverage triggers, the duties to defend and indemnify, the named versus other insureds, the separation of insureds, policy exclusions and policy endorsements. She has additionally defended against insurers’ claims for rescission based upon incomplete policy applications and fraud. She has prosecuted claims under Insurance Code section 11580. In several matters, Ms. Andersen obtained assignments of policy rights from developers in underlying construction cases and successfully prosecuted bad faith claims directly against the insurers.