Michael J. Hughes

Principal
Founding Shareholder

PRACTICE AREAS

HOA Governance & Transactions | Director & Industry Education
High-Rise Representation | Developer Transition

Michael J. Hughes

Principal
Founding Shareholder

PRACTICE AREAS

HOA Governance & Transactions | Director & Industry Education
High-Rise Representation | Developer Transition

Unquestioned expert with a sense of humor.

Areas of Expertise

  • All aspects of CID operations
  • Governing document interpretation, enforcement and revision
  • Association transition from developer control
  • Litigation, mediation and arbitration
  • Member disputes
Homeowner association representation is a highly personalized practice area, requiring a combination of specialized legal insight and interpersonal skills not found in your typical attorney. Mike’s professional gravitas combined with the ability to find humor in most aspect of daily life makes this field a perfect fit.
“The best thing about my job? You get to help people resolve disputes so they can get on with their lives.” Mike continues, “There’s nothing better than being presented with a problem, often driven by emotion, and figuring out a way to fix it. This is all I’ve done since 1983, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all.”
In addition to innumerable presentations to industry attorneys, community association managers, and HOA boards of directors, Mike has testified before legislative subcommittees in Sacramento regarding various proposed laws and their impact on the CID industry, served on the legal steering committee of industry organizations, and has been invited back to his alma mater, Hastings College of the Law, to judge trial practice classes.

Experience & Background

  • Founding HGCT shareholder
  • Exclusively representing HOAs in all aspects of CID operations for 35 years
  • Prior to 1983, focused on commercial real estate law with an emphasis on construction and development
  • Experienced litigator
  • Counsels homeowner, real estate and legal communities regarding the legal aspects of buying and selling property within common interest developments
  • Highly regarded speaker on all aspects of community association law

Industry Involvement

Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
  • Credentialing faculty
Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)

Professional Affiliations

Consumer Attorneys of California

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor of Arts degrees, with Honors, in Political Science and History

Bar Admissions

California
Northern District of California
Eastern District of California

GET TO KNOW MIKE

San Francisco native and seventh generation Californian. Spent the summer after his junior year in high school hand chopping 100-pound bags of onions in a prep kitchen for an Italian and a Chinese restaurant. His office collection of animatronic stuffed creatures includes a cymbal-playing monkey, full sized pink flamingo, singing gorilla, and a motion-activated croaking frog. Climbed Mt. Whitney.

FUN FACTS:

  • U.S. Army veteran
  • Whistles incessantly
  • Grandmother was Miss Yolo Causeway (1917)

Mike’s musical taste runs from big band to AC/DC, Neil Young to Lady Gaga.

Community Involvement

Court appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children, Contra Costa County
cccocasa.org

Presentations & Publications

Frequent speaker regarding all aspects of community association law. Industry associations and events include:
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI) National Convention
    Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
    Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
    Consumer Attorneys of California
High Rise Community Management Course
  • California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    2015, 2016, 2017
California Common Interest Development Law Course
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Bay Area/Central California Chapter
    2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
New Legislation and Case Law
  • Northern California Annual Law Seminar and Expo
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
    General session; 10+ years
Various Law Modules
  • Instructor – core courses required for Certified Community Association Manager (“CCAM”) designation
    California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Core Legal Courses
  • Instructor – courses required for Real Property Administrator (RPA) certification
    Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
    2000, 2001
SB 800 – “Right to Repair” Construction Defect Law
  • Association of Defense Counsel
Mold Litigation; Premises Liability
  • Lorman Education Services
Avoiding Contract Traps – What to Watch Out for and the Benefits of Legal Review
  • The Communicator; Fall 2013
    Community Association Institute (CAI), Bay Area/Central California Chapter
Paying for and Maintaining Your Common Area: The Buck Stops Here
Is Board Recall the Answer?
Architectural Control: Nice Guys Finish Last