John P. Gill

Principal
Founding Shareholder

PRACTICE AREAS

Construction Defects | Mediation, Arbitration & Litigation
High-Rise Representation | HOA Governance & Transactions
Director & Industry Education | Developer Transition

John P. Gill

Attorney

PRACTICE AREAS

HOA Governance & Transactions | Developer Transition
Director & Industry Education

Construction defect specialist with deep HOA general representation roots.

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction defect claims and litigation
  • General HOA/CID business litigation
  • Major reconstruction contract drafting
  • Fiduciary duty and HOA corporate governance
  • Problem solving. Problem avoidance. Conflict avoidance.
In virtually every case, John can speak meaningfully about any HOA-related legal predicament and determine how to best resolve it. But more importantly, he has the ability to take the most complex legal concept and explain what his client needs to know, what they need to consider, and the decisions they need to make and why. Even the most overwhelmed board member or community association manager is comfortable with John and appreciative of his approach.
John began representing homeowner associations more than 25 years ago, prior to the current-day specialization within HOA law firms. As a result, John can do it all and has done it all – from corporate governance representation to multimillion dollar construction defect claims.
What do clients say about John? He is prepared. He is fair. He is honest. He is respectful. He gives clear guidance and insightful advice. And he is good at what he does.

Experience & Background

  • Founding HGCT shareholder
  • Exclusively representing HOAs in all aspects of CID operations for more than 25 years
  • Has represented individuals, public entities, and businesses in general and business litigation matters
  • Throughout 2017 and 2018, provided legal guidance to industry organizations and testified before subcommittees in Sacramento regarding SB 721 and its impact on the CID industry
  • Sought-after industry speaker

Industry Involvement

Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Past-president, Bay Area/Central California Chapter
  • Credentialing instructor
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
  • Credentialing faculty
Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
  • Board of Directors

Professional Affiliations

Contra Costa Bar Association

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Santa Clara University
  • BA in Political Science

Bar Admissions

California
Northern District of California
Eastern District of California

GET TO KNOW JOHN

John appreciates the value of face-to-face communication. He finds the benefits of in-person conversation help him build stronger relationships with his clients. His favorite thing about being a lawyer? Solving people’s problems. And if he wasn’t an attorney, he doesn’t have an inkling of what he would do professionally.

FUN FACTS:

  • Bay Area native
  • Voracious reader
  • Lifelong San Francisco Giants fan

Knows construction from the ground up as he once worked building homes.

Awards & Honors

2017 CACM President’s Vision Award
  • Awarded January 2018, in recognition of industry legal expertise, legislative work and commitment to the California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Presentations & Publications

AB 634 and Solar Energy Systems: Coming to a Condominium Roof Near You
  • ECHO Journal; January 2018
When Politics Comes to the Clubhouse: SB 407 Says You Can’t Stop Political Gatherings in Common Areas
  • ECHO Journal; January 2018
The Costly Future of SB 721: Anticipating Deck Inspection Requirements
  • ECHO Journal; January 2018
Required Repairs: The Heavy Cost of SB 721
  • Annual Trade Show and Seminar; June 2018
    Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
Structural Defects and SB 721: What You Need to Know
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2018
    Southern California Law Seminar and Expo;March 2018
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Beyond the Legislative Update
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2016, 2017, 2018
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
SB721 – Balcony Inspections and Testing
  • Fall Regional Forum – East Bay and Sacramento; October 2017
    Fall Regional Forum – Coachella Valley, San Diego and Los Angeles; November 2017
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
New Laws and Legislation for 2018
  • ECHO Wine Country Seminar; March 2018
    Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
  • Fall Regional Forum – East Bay and Sacramento; October 2017
    Fall Regional Forum – Coachella Valley, San Diego and Los Angeles; November 2017
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
When Should the Manager Call the Attorney?
  • Management Company CEO Conference; September 2017
    Levy Erlanger & Company, CPAs
Disability Access Requests
  • Annual Trade Show and Seminar; June 2017
    Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
  • Management Company CEO Conference; September 2013
    Levy Erlanger & Company, CPAs
Community Association Security Challenges
  • Management Company CEO Conference; September 2016
    Levy Erlanger & Company, CPAs
Anatomy of a Healthy Renovation Project
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2015
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
We’re Going to Court!
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2014
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
California Common Interest Development Law Course
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Bay Area/Central California Chapter; 2011, 2012, 2013
Dangerous Requests and How to Respond
  • San Francisco Managers Information Group; September 2013
The “New” Davis-Stirling Act – Changes and Impact
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2013
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Architectural Review: Strategies to Avoid Controversy and Win Cases
  • Northern California Law Seminar and Expo; January 2012
    Southern California Law Seminar and Expo; March 2012
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
SB 800: The “Right to Repair” Act
Developer Relationships, Maintenance Manuals and SB 800
Maintenance Manual Compliance
Impact of Maintenance Manuals and Inspection Requirements in CC&Rs
Construction, Repairs, Insurance and Contracts
Contracts for Major Repairs: How to Best Protect Your Association
Maintenance, Repair and Reserve Funding
New Legislation and Case Law Update
New Laws: What You Need to Know
Fiduciary Duty and Challenges Facing Voluntary Directors
Board Orientation for Managers
New Community and Developer Issues
  • Management Company and Board Education Events
    Various Clients