Whether you’re a board member, community association manager, or commercial property owner, HGCT is the only firm you need. We provide complete legal representation of homeowner associations and other common interest developments.

HOA Governance & Transactions

Our attorneys represent hundreds of homeowner and commercial associations – including those with unique needs such as high-rises, senior communities, co-ops, urban in-fill projects, and timeshares. As such, they’re fully conversant with all issues related to California’s Davis-Stirling Act, governing documents, statutory requirements, and best practices.

  • Governing Document Revision, Restatement & Amendment
  • Governing Document Enforcement
  • Rules & Policies
  • Election Rules & Voting Materials
  • Developer Transition
  • Director Education & Fiduciary Duty Compliance
  • Contract Drafting, Review & Enforcement
  • Statutory & Corporate Compliance
  • Dispute Resolution

Construction Defects

Maximizing recovery is the key to a successful construction defect claim. We pursue every possibility, discover every problem, and fight to obtain every dollar to which you are entitled. And we don’t stop there – maximizing your recovery is only the beginning. We offer extensive post-recovery services which maximize the economic benefit of your recovery. We are with you from start to finish, every step of the way, so you’re assured a complete, cohesive and comprehensive handling of every construction defect and reconstruction scenario. Statutes of limitation ranging from one to ten years apply, so don’t delay if you suspect a potential claim.

  • Complimentary Initial Investigation
  • Construction & Design Defects
  • Materials Failure
  • Water Intrusion
  • Earth & Building Movement
  • Balcony & Exterior Component Failure
  • Post-Claim Repair & Reconstruction Services

Mediation, Arbitration & Litigation

Our sole mission is to maximize your recovery. We begin by attempting to resolve every dispute without litigation. However, we’re always prepared and able to take your case all the way to jury and verdict.

  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Soil & Landslide Claims
  • Real Estate & Insurance Claims
  • Director & Officer Claims
  • Vendor Disputes
  • Member Disputes

Director & Industry Education

Are you a member of your HOA’s board of directors? We provide complimentary board orientations that encompass your duties and obligations and address your questions and concerns about how to best govern your association. And, as recognized experts in this field, our lawyers speak regularly at industry educational programs whose audiences range from homeowners to community association professionals to fellow industry attorneys.

  • Board Orientations
  • Statewide & National Industry Speakers
  • Credentialing Organization Faculty Members
  • Industry Journal Authors

Developer Transition

Transitioning from a developer-controlled to homeowner-controlled development can be complex, confusing and contentious. Getting it wrong can be costly. You can trust us to efficiently handle all aspects of these transitions – including board transitions, maintenance responsibility analysis, component inspections, and drafting of rules and polices.

  • Developer-to-Homeowner Controlled Board of Directors
  • Association & Owner Maintenance Manual Compliance
  • Required Component Inspection Coordination
  • Document Transfer
  • Rules & Policies Drafting

High-Rise Representation

High-rise buildings present their own special challenges – including sophisticated design and construction processes, complex systems integration and diverse components including elevated pools, rooftop gardens, below-grade waterproofing, difficult-to-access exteriors, curtain walls, and building-wide communications systems. Our team is experienced in every aspect of these high-rise challenges.

  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Water Intrusion
  • Plumbing & Mechanical Issues
  • Excessive Heat Loss or Gain
  • Material Failure

Clients include:

  • Homeowner associations
  • Residential condominium projects
  • Urban high–rise associations
  • Planned developments
  • Townhome developments
  • Co–ops
  • Single family home communities
  • Condominium conversions
  • Senior communities
  • Gated communities
  • Master associations
  • Commercial CIDs
  • Mixed–use properties
  • Timeshares