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Theresa M. Filicia — Partner

Areas of Practice

Theresa Filicia has been successfully representing homeowners associations since 1987. Her practice includes Construction Defect Litigation, Community Association Law, Franchise Law, as well as business and employment litigation.

Advising on business matters and community association law, Theresa specializes in interpreting and enforcing governing documents with an emphasis on resolving architectural violations. With her diverse background, she has been able to effectively resolve complex legal matters and negotiate multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of associations. Additionally, Theresa has litigated and resolved personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from harmful construction defects.

Professional History

Theresa has been an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she taught the course on Construction Defect Litigation. She is a member of the Legal Steering Advisory Committee of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and was the guest editor of the 2014 Winter Law Journal.

Theresa has earned the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, denoting an adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the highest level of professional excellence.

Personal Activities

In her free time, Theresa enjoys cooking and entertaining, and is an active member of the St. Thomas More Society. Her husband, Jim, is also an attorney. Together they are the proud parents of three children: TJ, Kristen, and Lauren who are all actively involved in baseball and softball. Theresa and Jim also spend many weekends and holidays hosting enlisted military.


J.D., California Western School of Law, Cum Laude
B.S. in Biology, LeMoyne College

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • All Courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California


  • 2023 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award
  • DK Global The Benchmark Awards Golden Advocate Winner 2019
  • AV Preeminent - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence