Kelly G. Richardson

Tel: (877) 446-2529
Fax: (626) 449-5572

  • Real Estate
  • Homeowner Association Law
  • Construction Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Expert Witness Services

Expert Witnesses in HOA and Real Esatet

HOA Expert Witness Services

Richardson|Ober attorneys provide expert witness services in a range of matters involving common interest developments including condominiums, planned developments, master associations, commercial and mixed-use developments including:

  • Assessment Collection
  • Governing Document Interpretation, Enforcement and Amendment
  • Maintenance and Repair Responsibilities
  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes
  • Property Rights
  • Standard of Care of Boards of Directors
  • Standard of Care of Property Managers
  • Voting Procedures
  • Board Meeting Protocol
Real Estate Expert Witness Services

Kelly G. Richardson also provides a range of expert witness consulting services in real estate law, including broker and agent risk management and standard of care issues. He can be retained to consult on real estate matters including:

  • Standard of Care and Responsibilities for Brokers and Agents
  • Disclosure Obligations
  • Duty of Escrow Holder
  • Leasing and Title Disputes
  • Other General Real Estate Topics

HOA Homefront™ is a syndicated weekly column that educates the public on issues pertaining to California residents living in common interest developments, their Board of Directors and property managers. Written by Kelly G. Richardson, HOA Homefront is published in the over a dozen newspapers throughout California.


Kelly G. Richardson is co-founder and principal of Richardson|Ober. In practice since 1983, Kelly is a veteran business trial lawyer who has established himself as a true leader in the field of homeowners association and real estate law. He has prosecuted and defended major claims in construction, corporate and real estate law, as well as claims of breach of contract, franchise fraud, personal injury, unfair competition, wrongful death, breach of fiduciary duty and banking negligence. In construction litigation, Kelly has achieved more than $57 million in recovery for property owners, as well as assisted builders to resolve claims economically and without adverse publicity. In addition, he has provided ongoing legal support in more than $170 million worth of construction projects and bank foreclosed assets, and continues to counsel residential developers and construction lenders on risk management. Heavily committed to the local real estate industry, Kelly serves as legal counsel for several Southern California area Associations of Realtors® and is a member of the Legal Affairs Forum and Housing Committee of the California Association of Realtors® (CAR). He is a faculty member and contributing author for the Professional Realty Institute, teaching GRI coursework on risk management, construction and development issues to more than 600 Realtors® annually. He is a popular lecturer to Associations of Realtors®, professional real estate organizations and major brokerages on topics ranging from construction defect and conflict resolution to cutting-edge technology-based topics, such as legal issues pertaining to social networking, email and websites. A leading advocate for the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Kelly is currently serving as National Trustee for a second consecutive term. As an active member, he has served on the Greater Los Angeles Chapter Board for more than six years and was its 2004 Chapter President. He was also the recipient of CAI’s 2004 National “Rising Star” award. He is presently a member of the Board of CAI’s Orange County Chapter. Additionally, Kelly has authored numerous articles on real estate law in both regional and national business and trade publications, in addition to his weekly syndicated column “HOA Homefront,” which has been running for more than seven years and is featured in more than a dozen Southern California newspapers. He is the author and originator of the CAR “Buyers Guide to the Common Interest Development,” a consumer publication endorsed by CAI. Kelly is also co-author and co-originator of CAI’s California Law Course for Common Interest Development Managers, certified by the Department of Real Estate, as well as CAI’s Basic Board Education Course. He periodically consults as an expert witness on common interest development issues. In 2009 and 2010, Kelly chaired CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee, and he is the originator and founder of “Community Plus,” an annual statewide CAI educational conference. Serving for years on the Legal Steering Committee and faculty of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), Kelly authored and presented two full-day seminars for CACM on common interest development law entitled, “Establishing and Operating Common Interest Developments in California.” Kelly has for many years served as a Settlement Officer in the Glendale and Pasadena Superior Courthouses, and is a judicial arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Kelly is licensed to practice before all California state and local federal jurisdictions, and is a member of the Real Estate Section of the State Bar, Los Angeles County and Pasadena Bar Associations, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Kelly obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside, where he was a National Merit Scholar. Prior to founding Richardson|Ober, he was a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Barker & Richardson. Active in local community affairs, serving on the boards of churches, a private school and the Pasadena Salvation Army, Kelly has been participating in weekly homeless outreach in Pasadena for more than a decade. He has received an AV® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating.


University of Southern California, J.D., 1983

University of California at Riverside, B.A., 1980

Affiliations & Memberships

  • CAI Board of Trustees (2010-2014)
  • C.A.R. Housing Committee (2011-Present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate (2010-Present)
  • CAI California Legislative Action Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
  • Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Association (2008-Present)
  • C.A.R. Legal Affairs Forum (1999-Present)
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, Arbitrator/Mediator (1998-Present)
  • Glendale and Pasadena Superior Courts, Settlement Officer (1996-Present)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (1989-Present)
  • State Bar of California, Real Estate Section (1983-Present)
  • Christian Legal Society (1983-Present)
  • CAI College of Community Association Lawyers, Fellow (2006)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (1988-Present)
  • Pasadena Bar Association (1994-Present)
  • Salvation Army Pasadena Advisory Board (2014-Present)
  • California Association of Community Managers, Faculty Member (2000-2009)
  • California and National Associations of Realtors (2010-Present)

Court Admissions

  • California
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of California
  • The U.S. Ninth District Circuit Court of Appeals 

Speaking Engagements

  • Fair Housing, Web Seminar, June 2015
  • Fair Housing for Realtors, 2015
  • Super Summit, Asian Real Estate Association of America – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, July 2015
  • What Your Clients Need to Know About Homeowners Associations (Legal Issues), Women’s Council of REALTORS San Fernando Valley Chapter, June 2015
  • Integrity and the ‘F’ Word, San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS, June 2015
  • Boards – Don’t Make These Mistakes, Web Seminar with Robert Nordlund of Association Reserve, March 2015
  • Assessment Collection – Advanced Issues, Web Seminar, March 2015
  • Rentals in Your Community, Web Seminar, January 2015
  • 2015 Legislative Update, Web Seminar, November 2014
  • Five ways to reduce the frustration of Homeowners Association board service, Beven & Brock Management, October 2014, Pasadena, CA
  • Risk Management and Consumer Protection Forum, California Association of REALTORS®, October 2014
  • “Environmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land Use”, Pasadena-Foothill Association of Realtors, October 2014
  • “Ask the Attorneys”, Community Association’s Institute Legal Forum, October 2014, San Diego, CA
  • Legal Affairs Forum, California Association of Realtors®, August 2014
  • “When The Bulls-eye Is On You”, South Bay Association of Realtors® , July 2014
  • “Residential Hazards from A to Z”, South Bay Association of Realtors® , July 2014
  • Legal Affairs Forum, Sacramento
  • Association of Realtors, May 2014, Sacramento, CA
  • Broker Luncheon, South Bay Association of Realtors, May 2014
  • “Meeting of the Minds: Laying the Groundwork for Positive, Effective Board Meetings”, Community Associations Institute, April 2014
  • “HOA Residents Legal Tool Kit”, Community Civil Association of Laguna Woods Village, April 2014
  • “Update on Key 2014 Davis-Stirling Act Amendments and Related Topics of Interest to Broker Clients”, California Association of REALTORS®, May 2014
  • “What A Year It Was! Important 2013 California Court Decisions Affecting HOAs”, CAI-GLAC, March 2013, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Advanced Board Meeting Issues and Strategies”, Cardinal Property Management, February 2014
  • “What You Don’t Know Could Hurt Your Client”, Orange County Association of Realtors, March 2014, Laguna Hills, CA
  • Fair Employment and Housing Council, February 2014, Oakland, CA
  • “Hot Topics for Community Association Lawyers”, Community Association Law Seminar, College of Community Association Lawyers, January 2014, Las Vegas, NV
  • “Board Survival 101”, Amber Property Management, October 2013, Mission Viejo, CA
  • “Ask the Attorneys”, 2013 Community Association Institute’s Legal Forum: California Communities, October 2013, Irvine, CA
  • “Updates to Davis-Stirling – Coming Changes to California’s Common Interest Development Law”, Pasadena Bar Association’s Real Estate Section, September 2013
  • “Is Your Money Safe? A Discussion of Common Homeowners Association Problems and Ways To Prevent Them”, Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Associations’ (CAREPA) 2013
  • Real Estate Business Conference & Expo, September 2013, San Gabriel, CA
  • “Mold – A Curse, or Oversold?,” Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Association, June 2013, Monterey Park, CA
  • “Environmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land Use,” Pismo Coast Association of REALTORS, May 2013, Grover Beach, CA
  • “You Make the Call”, Community Associations Institute Orange County Regional Chapter, May 2013, Tustin, CA
  • Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) – the State’s Fair Housing laws, and the ways in which associations often violate these laws and run afoul of the powerful DFEH –housing discrimination issues included familial status, racial, gender and disability violations, CAI – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, April 2013
  • CAI’s 20th Annual Legislative Day at the Capitol, April 2013, Sacramento, CA
  • “Disclosures,” Downey Association of REALTORS, March 2013, Downey, CA
  • “Construction Defect All Stars,” Treeline Realty, March 2013, Temple City, CA
  • “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Cancellation of Contracts,” RE/MAX, March 2013
  • “Changes…Living with New Laws,” CAI – Orange County Chapter, March 2013, Irvine, CA
  • “Establishing and Operating Common Interest Developments in California,” Two Full-Day Seminars on Common Interest Development Law “Board Survival 101,” Beven & Brock Property Management, February 2013, Pasadena, CA
  • “C.A.R. Buyer Representation Agreements,” Downey Association of REALTORS, February 2013, Downey, CA
  • “Environmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land Use,” Orange County Association of REALTORS, January 2013, Laguna Beach, CA
  • “Short Stories Any Association Can Learn From,” CAI – Channel Islands Chapter, January 2013, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Cancellation of Contracts,” Arcadia Association of REALTORS, January 2013, Arcadia, CA
  • “Tales from the HOA Crypt…Stories That Will Frighten and Educate You,” CAI Law Seminar – Channel Islands Chapter, January 2013, Thousand Oaks, CA

Major Classes & Seminars Taught

Amber Board Member Educational Seminar, October 2013, Instructor
“Land Use, Construction Overview and Environmental Concerns,” Instructor and co-author Graduate Realtors Institute course #112, 1998-Present
California Association of Community Managers courses, Instructor
CAI California Law Course for Common Interest Development Managers, Co-author/originator “Establishing and Operating Common Interest Developments,” Lorman Seminar, 2005, co-author/instructor
CAI Basic Board Education Course, Co-author/originator
Numerous (20+) 1-2 hour courses on real estate law


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