Industry Leadership

Community Associations Institute

Since 1987, SwedelsonGottlieb has devoted its practice exclusively to California community association law and has been a respected leader in key industry organizations. Our firm is a Business Partner member of many of the California Chapters of CAI. We regularly attend and teach at those Chapters' monthly education luncheon events, as well as at national CAI events. Our attorneys have spoken at hundreds of programs hosted at CAI events, and our attorneys also frequently author articles for the various publications of the California Chapters of CAI.

On a national level, Managing Partner Sandra L. Gottlieb, Esq. represents our firm on the CAI National Faculty, the CAI National Attorneys Committee, and the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers. Sandra also served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Regional Chapter of CAI, including a term as that Chapter's President. She is also a past President and Board member of the Channel Islands Chapter of CAI.  Sandra has received numerous awards from the various Southern California CAI Chapters, including the 2008 May Russell Hall of Fame Award, the 2010 President's Award from the Orange County Regional Chapter, and the 2019 Dick Pruess Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. David C. Swedelson is a past member of the Board and President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of CAI. David is also a past board member of the Channel Islands Chapter, and was a long-time delegate to CAI's California Legislative Action Committee and served on that committee's executive committee. David has also been nominated and awarded Speaker of the Year and Author of the Year for various CAI chapters.

California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Sandra L. Gottlieb served on the Legal Advisory Steering Committee for CACM, teaching community association managers the legal implications of their work for over 15 years. In 2010, Sandra completed her second six-year appointment as Editor of CACM's Law Journal, and she is the designated attorney on CACM's Professional Standards Committee. In July of 2009, CACM honored Sandra with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her more than two-plus decades of service to California's community association industry; Sandra was the second attorney to have received this award.

David is also involved with CACM and has served on CACM's Legislation Committee.

Our attorneys regularly attend and teach at CACM events and law seminars, and we have attended CACM's annual legislative day in Sacramento.  Our firm's attorneys are members of the CACM faculty and regularly teach courses for the Certified Community Association Manager ("CCAM") certification program, including the four California law module courses and "Ethics for California Community Association Managers," as well as CCAM recertification classes and advanced courses.

Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO)

Our attorneys participate in ECHO's annual seminars and legislative advocacy program, and we regularly author articles for the ECHO Journal.