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Maria Kao — Partner

Areas of Practice

When seeking a pragmatic and results-oriented counsel, clients rely on Berding | Weil's partner Maria Kao. Ms. Kao uniquely serves as litigation and transactional counsel to community associations and has been serving them since 2009. With a litigation backbone, Ms. Kao’s advice often comes with experience-based risk analysis. She has represented community associations of all sizes and has dealt with a broad spectrum of related real estate and land use issues. Ms. Kao’s day to day work includes: review and interpretation of governing documents (e.g., voting, maintenance and repair, potential construction defect claims), contract review and vendor negotiations, disciplinary proceedings and litigation. Clients working with Ms. Kao can expect responsiveness, thoughtfulness, and a reliable gut instinct. The clients that work best with Ms. Kao are those who are direct and looking for legal guidance from an attorney who also has business acumen.

Educational History

Ms. Kao earned her J.D. with a certificate of specialization in intellectual property from Whittier Law School, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature from University of California, Irvine.

Professional Memberships and Activity

Ms. Kao is professionally affiliated with: California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Community Associations Institute (CAI), Orange County Bar Association. For several years, Ms. Kao served on the publications committee for CAI, and is a regular contributor for CAI's publication OC View.

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