Ms. Andersen represents community associations in corporate governance, operational, transactional, and civil litigation matters. Ms. Andersen’s association governance practice includes the evaluation of compliance with the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, the analysis and interpretation of governing documents, the recommendation for rewrites and amendments when necessary, the implementation of election and secret ballot processes, and the negotiation and drafting of other recorded agreements affecting real property.
Ms. Andersen approaches each of her client’s needs from a risk management perspective. Enforcement disputes are promptly, efficiently, and creatively addressed to avoid costly and time consuming legal proceedings. The association’s self-help, discipline, dispute resolution, and enforcement procedures are strictly followed in order to provide members with a transparent process and the best opportunities to quickly and economically resolve violations. When a member chooses to delay compliance, Ms. Andersen is committed to the recovery of related expenses.
Ms. Andersen negotiates and drafts all manner of vendor contracts including maintenance, reserve study, accounting, parking and towing, security, and communications agreements. Ms. Andersen additionally possesses extensive expertise writing construction and repair contracts. Her comprehensive understanding of the design and construction process, construction scheduling, payment terms and issues, liability for construction delays and defects, defense and indemnity obligations, and first and third-party insurance claims has proved invaluable to her clients.
Ms. Andersen has over fifteen years’ experience in litigating issues related to insurance coverage, real estate fraud and disclosure, operating and reserve funding, contract interpretation and compliance, complex construction defect, condominium conversion, free speech, and the enforcement of covenants, conditions and restrictions. Ms. Andersen has also defended associations, their directors and officers against claims for violation of the fair housing and disability laws, personal injury, harassment, failure to maintain association property, failure to comply with the Open Meeting Act, failure to comply with the member election statutes, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. When an association faces the uncertainty of litigation, Ms. Andersen has the experience-based wisdom and insight to competently guide the association through the legal process and achieve excellent results.
Ms. Andersen received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and her law degree from U.C. Davis. Ms. Andersen is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California. She currently serves as a delegate to the Community Association Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee.