Allison L. Andersen, Esq.
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 restatements 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 twenty 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 graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and received her law degree from U.C. Davis, King Hall School of Law. She is admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts in California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Andersen currently serves as a Legislative Co-Chair on the Executive Committee of CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee. She has been awarded an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell representing her high level of professional excellence.