Practice Areas

General Counsel

Tinnelly Law Group is recognized by the community association industry as one of California's most experienced general counsel firms.
Homeowners Association ("HOA") Boards of Directors are subject to a unique and dynamic legal environment. They face a range of legal issues that require counseling and representation. These issues often include contract, property, corporate governance, maintenance, enforcement, insurance and real estate considerations. We pride ourselves on maintaining a breadth of knowledge of these issues, and on being able to successfully provide our clients with effective and economical solutions to their diverse problems.

Assessment Collection

Assessment revenue is the lifeblood of every community association. HOA Boards of Directors have the legal obligation to collect delinquent assessments in order to protect the interests of the HOA and the property values of its members. Tinnelly Law Group is proud to provide its clients with access to comprehensive, attorney-supervised assessment collection services through the use of its affiliate, Alterra Assessment Recovery.

Contract Review & Preparation

HOA Boards of Directors and Community Association Management deal with numerous types of contracts that necessitate legal counsel. The interpretation and preparation of vendor, construction, maintenance and insurance contracts can significantly impact the interests of HOAs and their members. We provide our clients with the expertise and assistance required to effectively safeguard their HOAs in a wide range of transactional matters.

CC&R/Rules Enforcement & Amendment

The Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Reservations of Easements ("CC&Rs") contained in an HOA's governing documents are binding on all HOA members and are central to protecting their interests. We assist Boards of Directors in first addressing violations and in resolving disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR/IDR, Arbitration) and litigation, if necessary. We also assist our clients in taking the required steps to amend and update their HOA's governing documents.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Many disputes with HOA members cannot be resolved through the HOA's own mechanisms and procedures. In these instances, Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") is the most effective and efficient method of ultimately resolving the dispute without litigation. Our attorneys have the ADR experience and expertise needed to secure the most favorable outcome for our clients.


Most disputes impacting HOAs and their members can be efficiently resolved through successful representation and non-judicial measures. However, when litigation does become necessary we provide our clients with the finest representation available. Our attorneys have successfully litigated many significant, precedent-setting cases on behalf of our HOA clients. From initial claim evaluation, to settlement negotiation, to representation through trial and appeal, we are known for the personalized attention we devote to our clients and the zeal with which we represent their interests.

Small Claims Assistance

Some matters faced by HOAs neither justify nor require the use of counsel, or the expenditure of large sums of money, to achieve an acceptable resolution. HOAs are more frequently turning to Small Claims Court to resolve issues relating to the collection of fines and delinquent assessments. We assist our clients in navigating the Small Claims process and in preparing the required legal paperwork.

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