Couch Connect 17: Avoiding Litigation/De-escalating Legal Conflicts

Thursday, May 27, 2021
02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

May 27 Couch Connect 17 - Avoiding Litigation/De-escalating Legal Conflicts


Avoiding Litigation/De-escalating Legal Conflicts

The cost of litigation disputes can be massive in terms of financial cost. However, there are other impacts of litigation, such as the echoes of conflict and hostility that can affect a community for years to come, regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit.

Resolving conflict involves more than simply “splitting the difference.” To reduce conflict one must set aside preconceived notions of intent or personality and address extremely common and widespread misunderstandings held by homeowners.

This presentation will explore how an association’s response directly impacts the outcome of conflict resolution and will share tools and techniques to successfully deescalate matters that may otherwise result in litigation. In this program, you will learn:

  • Best practices to mitigate liability and risk
  • Identifying threats and conflict and how to address them
  • Methods and alternatives to resolve legal conflict without costly litigation

Guest Speakers:

  • Sabrina Davoodian, CCAM, CMCA, AMS, is a General Manager with Powerstone Property Management and currently serves on the Education Committee. She has been active in the community management industry for ten years with a background in accounting. She has a passion for working with communities to develop and execute long-term plans to overcome hardships and create a stable foundation for effective governance to protect the interests and investment of members. For these efforts, she was recognized as the 2016 Manager of the Year in the Rookie Category and nominated as the 2019 Manager of the Year in the Veteran Category by the Orange County Chapter of CAI.

  • Patrick Prendiville, CIRMS, started Prendiville Insurance Agency in 1988 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Patrick has earned the “Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS)” designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI).  Over the years, Patrick has been actively involved in multiple chapters of CAI.

  • Kelly G. Richardson, CCAL, is a partner with Richardson Ober DeNichilo, LLP. He is a Fellow in The College of Community Association Lawyers, 2016 President of CAI, and served 7 years on its Board of Trustees. Kelly is a former Director of the Orange County Regional Chapter and former President of the Greater LA Chapter. He is a syndicated columnist appearing weekly in over 4 publications with his column on homeowner association law. A licensed broker, he has emphasized HOA law for 30 of his 36 years in law practice. He is graduate of USC School of Law.


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This event is worth 1 CEU 
Note: CEUs are only awarded to paid registered attendees


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