Melissa B. Ward


mward@hughes-gill.com

Senior Counsel Melissa Ward joined Hughes Gill Cochrane in 2016.  She has been representing homeowners associations since 2010 in all aspects of their corporate operations, including governing document analysis, interpretation, revision and enforcement, elections, real property and title issues, special assessments, analyzing and drafting agreements with vendors, and resolution of member disputes.  Prior to 2010, Ms. Ward practiced as a corporate and real estate attorney handling transactional business and real estate matters, as well as real estate litigation involving mortgage lending and foreclosures, ADA/disability access, partition claims, environmental and land use matters, construction defects, title insurance, and lease disputes.

Educational History

Ms. Ward received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.  Ms. Ward received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University.

Community Service

Ms. Ward is a member of the Diablo Symphony Association’s Board of Directors and is the Symphony’s immediate past President and current Secretary and Social Media Director.  She has been a member of the DSO cello section since 2004 and currently serves as the cello section’s Assistant Principal.  Ms. Ward is also a member of the Transportation Commission for the City of Walnut Creek.

Bar Memberships

Ms. Ward has been a member of the California State Bar since 1992.  She is also a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and its Real Property Section.