David C. Swedelson
David C. Swedelson, Esq. is one of California's leading community association attorneys and a founding partner of SwedelsonGottlieb. David is also the firm partner in charge of content for its widely-viewed HOA Law Blog, the best resource for the latest news and information affecting California common interest developments.
David started practicing law in 1978, representing clients in complex business litigation matters. David began representing and providing legal counsel to community associations after serving on the board of directors of his first condominium association in the early 1980s. David has served on the board of directors of four different community associations that he has lived in, and has utilized this experience as a board member to develop his unique ability to better understand how to work with the volunteer board members who lead his association clients.
His broad experience in representing California community associations allows him to not only provide legal representation, but also counsel his association clients' Boards on many different matters and issues that impact California condominium and homeowners associations. His many years of experience representing thousands of California community associations have given David the ability to be a real problem solver and have truly earned him the title of counselor at law. David has been called in on many occasions to resolve problems that the board or even other legal counsel have not been able to resolve, including matters relating to nuisances, common area damage, and abusive owners or renters, to name a few of the types of problems he has successfully resolved for his condominium, planned development and stock cooperative clients.
In addition to providing corporate and general legal counsel to his Association Boards and their managing agents, David also oversees the litigation team at SwedelsonGottlieb. David has litigated hundreds of lawsuits ranging from architectural violations, pet issues, hard surface flooring disputes, discrimination and fair housing complaints, assessment collection, contractor and vendor contract disputes, and construction defects, all providing an example of the numerous areas of his litigation experience. David is also the firm's lead trial attorney and has had many successful jury and non-jury trial results for his community association clients.
David has been extensively involved in the community association industry, having served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles and Channel Islands chapters of Community Associations Institute (CAI). He served on the Board and was former President of the Los Angeles Chapter, and for many years served as a delegate for the Channel Islands Chapter on the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC). David served on the Executive Committee of CLAC and on the attorneys committee for the national chapter of CAI.
David has been a frequent speaker at education programs for the Los Angeles, Channel Islands, Orange County, San Diego, Bay Area and Inland Empire chapters of CAI, as well as for the Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). He served as a member of CAI's prestigious legislative action committee, realtors' groups and other trade organizations. He has also contributed or authored numerous articles for various chapters of CAI, CACM and ECHO.
David has been designated numerous times by friend and foe alike as an expert witness where he has testified at trial on matters relating to community association law.
David was born and raised in Southern California, received his bachelor of science degree from UCLA and his Juris Doctorate from Whittier College school of Law. He and his wife have three children and three dogs. In what little free time he has, David enjoys being with his family, restoring classic cars and world travel.