Alexandra Samofalova, Esq. represents California community associations in all aspects of their operational and litigation needs. Her practice focuses on community association litigation, providing corporate counsel, negotiating insurance claim disputes, and providing legal opinions for boards seeking a better understanding of their governing documents and the Davis-Stirling Act and their options when facing sensitive legal issues.
A graduate of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Alexandra was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the International Law Society as well as a contributor to the Chapman Law Courier. During her Juris Doctor studies, Alexandra participated in the Chapman Mediation Clinic, where she successfully mediated limited civil cases, civil harassment suits, and small claims disputes at the Orange and Riverside County Superior Courts. Alexandra developed practical insights and an understanding of the law and the court system during her judicial internship at the Los Angeles Superior Court. While there, she participated in the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (SACPA) of 2000 program aimed at preventing violent crimes and offering treatment instead of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders.
Prior to joining SwedelsonGottlieb, Alexandra represented developers, real estate licensees, escrow companies, title companies, real property owners and businesses in transactional and complex litigation matters, including employment, contracts, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65), professional liability, Department of Real Estate (DRE) compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), personal injury and property damage claims. In addition, she advised on issues and questions regarding city planning, building regulations, easements, corporate formation and organization documents (including community association governing documents), escrow transactions, real estate disclosures, and the preparation of deeds, warranties, governing documents, budgets, new construction manuals, and purchase and sale agreements for real property.
Alexandra is licensed to practice in California, the U.S. Central District Court, and the Central District Bankruptcy Court.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Alexandra is fluent in both English and Russian. She moved to the United States when she was five and spent summers in Russia every year until she began law school in addition to ongoing language and culture instruction to perfect her Russian reading and writing.
Professional & Community Involvement: Alexandra is a proud member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and an affiliate member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).