Michael J. Hughes


Michael Hughes began representing community associations in 1983 and has for more than 25 years provided counsel to boards of directors and memberships in all aspects of CID operations, including CC&R interpretation, revisions and enforcement, commercial relationships with vendors, member disputes and construction defect litigation.

Prior to 1983, his practice focused on commercial real estate law with an emphasis on construction and development. Mr. Hughes has made presentations to the homeowner, real estate and legal communities about the legal aspects of buying and selling property within common interest developments and, as an experienced litigator, has been invited back to Hastings College of the Law to judge trial practice classes. He has written articles for several industry newsletters, including “Paying For and Maintaining Your Common Area: The Buck Stops Here,” “Is Board Recall the Answer?” and “Architectural Control: Nice Guys Finish Last.” Mr. Hughes is a member of the State Bar of California and Consumer Attorneys of California.

Educational History

Mr. Hughes received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1972 and Bachelor of Arts degrees, with Honors, in History and Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Industry Organizations

Mr. Hughes is a frequent speaker before community association groups, including the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO), the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Hughes has taught BOMA courses for RPA certification, addressed the CAI National Conference, taught courses on mold litigation for Lorman Education Services, addressed the Association of Defense Counsel on SB 800, and is a certified instructor for CACM.