Fred Whitney entered the Association industry in 1998 and presently serves as counsel to some of the largest master planned communities in California. Fred has successfully tried cases on issues involving CC&R enforcement, contract disputes and complex election issues. Through this representation, Fred has had the privilege of successfully arguing Association industry issues before the California Appellate Court, which has resulted in published Appellate opinions setting standards within the Community Association industry. Fred presently serves as the editor of the CACM Law Journal, giving him the opportunity to interact directly with leading industry professionals throughout the state of California on a regular basis.
Nancy Michael has been with the firm since 2004 and became a shareholder in 2014. Nancy specializes in homeowners association matters and business and civil litigation. She advises community association Boards on an array of issues, including CC&R enforcement and interpretation, elections, contract negotiations and preparation, maintenance responsibilities, amendments to governing documents and other community issues. Nancy received her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2000, where she graduated cum laude. While at Southwestern University, she was a member of the Law Review and Public Interest Law Society.
Jane Gaba represents community associations in both transactional matters and in litigation including enforcement of governing documents, contract disputes, architectural issues, maintenance obligations, and governing document revisions. During her career, Jane has tried dozens of cases and has participated numerous mediations and arbitrations. She served as trial and appellate counsel in the matter of Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association v. McMullin (2016) 4 Cal.App.5th 982 (affirming that owners could not make out a claim for adverse possession over common area). Prior to joining Neuland, Whitney & Michael, APC, Jane worked for a mortgage banking litigation firm giving her extensive litigation experience in various area of real property law. Jane graduated cum laude from University of California – Los Angeles, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Italian, and received her law degree from Western State University College of Law.
Robert A. Hartley assists common interest developments in litigation as well as transactional matters, including interpretation of governing documents, compliance with the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act and Corporations Code, the formation of contracts and development of community governance. Prior to joining Neuland, Whitney and Michael Robert obtained significant litigation, arbitration and mediation experience, successfully conducting scores of trials involving contract disputes, creditor’s rights, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and California’s anti-deficiency statutes.
Anne Rawlinson is an associate attorney focusing on interpretation, revision, and enforcement of governing documents, contract preparation, board meeting procedures, and troubleshooting day-to-day operations. She has a B.A. in English from Pomona College, an M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Prior to becoming an attorney she worked for many years in university administration and book publishing. She is admitted to practice in the state of California and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Constance Trinh is an associate attorney specializing in CC&R enforcement and interpretation, contract negotiation, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. She has a decade of experience in real estate litigation and civil appeals, and served as trial and appellate counsel for the prevailing defendants in Lee v. Silveira (2016) 6 Cal.App.5th 527 (establishing a director’s right to pursue an anti-SLAPP motion in response to claims based on director votes). Constance graduated cum laude from Chapman University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She received a Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law. Constance is admitted to practice in all state and federal district courts in California.