Homeowners Associations

Plaintiff, Defendant or Both: Homeowner Association Counsel

With experience as trial attorneys representing more than 100 different homeowner associations, or HOAs, Callahan & Blaine understands the range of legal problems that HOAs can encounter with homeowners, vendors, builders, maintenance contractors, municipalities and perhaps most of all, insurers.

Find out how your association can benefit from our experience with the effective resolution of contract, tort and insurance coverage issues in court. Contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana to discuss your situation and strategic options with an AV-rated* lawyer.

We've stood for HOAs in court as plaintiffs, defendants, and on many occasions, both. Litigation between associations and third parties can start out as relatively simple claims by one party against another, then expand as each side discovers additional causes of action or counterclaims, impleads additional defendants, or runs into insurance coverage problems for issues that didn't come up in the original complaint.

Our experience with the successful resolution of lawsuits involving homeowner associations can represent a source of confidence for our HOA clients under the fast-changing and complex fact patterns that these cases can represent.

Sophisticated Litigation Strategies for HOAs

Here's an example: Homeowners who suffered property losses in the Whittier landslides some years ago sued our HOA client for damages. Our attorneys not only successfully handled the defense of the homeowners' claims, we also accomplished the following:

  • Defeated an action brought by the association's insurer for a declaration that there was no coverage for the homeowners' claims
  • Sued the insurers for bad faith and breach of contract
  • After thorough investigation, sued 10 cross-defendants under various theories of liability for the landslide losses
  • Sued the insurers' attorneys for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty

Net result: Callahan & Blaine eventually obtained a settlement of over $8 million on behalf of the HOA and its homeowners from the insurers, the attorneys and the cross-defendants. Our client was relieved of any liability to the original plaintiffs.

Callahan & Blaine's litigation practice enjoys a national reputation for excellence. Our ability to turn a defense posture into attack represents a particular strength in any complex civil action, and has proved especially valuable for our HOA clients in Orange County and Southern California. For additional information about our experience as trial counsel to homeowner associations in the region, contact our office in Santa Ana.

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