Zodiac Sign: Leo
Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Food: Bucatini allAmatriciana
Your first job:
I made fruit smoothies at a mall
Most interesting place you have been:
My house with two kids during shelter-in-place.
Any other interesting/fun fact:
I love Tottenham Hotspur
As a litigator, my biggest focus is protecting the interests of community associations in all manner of disputes to ensure the best possible result whether I am defending the corporation or prosecuting its interests.
My primary focus over the past decade is defending community associations, their volunteer directors, and community managers in a wide range of disputes ranging from alleged governing document violations, claims sounding in land-use, or from allegations of housing discrimination. I have handled a lot of these cases and with that comes invaluable experience that informs my decisions when defending clients as well as when I assist them in prosecuting claims or providing advice and counsel.
I like working with volunteer boards. Each association operates like its own municipality. They have legal issues, financial issues, and political issues and their volunteer board is the decider. Decisions often create a perception of winners and losers, which can result in conflict. The advice we provide seeks to minimize the risk or otherwise resolve conflict. To do so it is necessary to appreciate that a decision on a legal issue may effect a financial or political issue, or vice versa. When we, as legal counsel, can offer advice to our volunteers and managers that addresses the interconnection between these sometimes competing issues and interests, we can truly bring value to their community and that is what continues to draw me to this line of work.
Winning. Winning is more nuanced than securing a successful judgment. Sometimes it means negotiating a compromise to resolve a difficult claim. Other times its assisting our volunteers and management through a difficult issue permeating through the community or by attending a contentious membership meeting. More often than not, winning doesnt involve a Hollywood moment at trial. Rather, its taking a problem, working with the client through all the different risks, and then charting a course that presents the strongest possibility for securing the best result in light of the facts, evidence, or other legal issues in play.
The people we work with. Practicing law is a stressful profession. Were good at it, but it means we excel at solving problems that are most stressful for our clients. And, we hold ourselves to a high standard at Berding | Weil. So it takes a special group of relationships to meet each challenge with the desire and energy our clients deserve and come out the other side as a unified team. We have a culture at Berding | Weil that achieves this end as evidenced by so many employees that have worked at the firm for many years.
Not working? Once you have a bar card, youre never really not working. But, when Im not in the office I love spending time with my wife and kids. The rest of my family is in the Bay Area, so whether its watching a soccer game with the grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins; Im in. I love skiing, snowboarding, boating, and anything Lake Tahoe related. Cycling, walking the dog, and making playlists are also high on my list. Oh, and I like spy novels.
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