Matt D. Ober

Tel: (877) 446-2529
Fax: (626) 449-5572
  • Common Interest Developments
  • Condominium Law
  • Construction Contracts
  • General Counsel
  • Litigation


Principal, Matt D. Ober brings to Richardson|Ober over two decades of extensive experience in common interest development law, residential and commercial real estate litigation, construction contracts and defect claims recovery, and general corporate and business law. Matt presides over the firm’s highly regarded community association law practice, providing full service representation to common interest developments throughout Southern California.

A native of Whittier, California, Matt obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles before obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Matt has obtained an AV® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating, reflecting the height of professional excellence and recognition for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He is licensed to practice before all California State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of California, and the U.S. Ninth District Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. A recognized leader, noted author, featured speaker and faculty member on all facets of the community association industry, Matt is an active supporter of and contributor to the Community Association industry through both the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

Matt is a Fellow of the CAI National’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) and is currently the 2019 president-elect. He is a contributing author of CAI’s California Law Course for Common Interest Development Managers. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and served two terms as President of CAI’s local chapter serving the Greater Inland Empire. He is an inductee to the organization’s Hall of Fame; recipient of the Chapter’s President’s award; and recipient of the Outstanding Service Award. He is also Secretary of the Executive Committee and long-time delegate to CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee, a member of CAI’s national faculty and a CACM faculty member. On the national level, Matt received the “Rising Star” award from CAI at its 2016 national conference. In May 2018, Matt received the “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award” at the CAI national conference in Washington, DC in recognition of his more than 25 years of service to the industry. In August 2018, Matt received the 2018 CCAL Community Association Law Seminar’s Best Manuscript Award for “Bucking The Trends: The Impact of Legislative Trends on Community Association Governance” along with co-presenter, Amy Kroll Tinetti, Esq., CCAL with Hughes Gill Cochrane Tinetti, PC.


Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1985
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Economics, 1982

Memberships & Affiliations

California Association of Community Managers
Fellow, CAI College of Community Association Lawyers
Community Associations Institute
Los Angeles Municipal Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1992
California Legislative Action Committee, Delegate
Community Associations Institute, National Faculty Member
California Association of Community Managers, Faculty Member
California Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Pasadena Bar Association

HOA Articles

Speaking Engagements

“Thorny 911 Problems in Common Interest Developments,” 34th Annual Real Property Retreat, May 2015, Carlsbad, CA

“Aging Communities: Liability Associated with Aging Residents in Community Associations,” Annual Community Associations Institute Law Seminar, January 2015, San Francisco, CA

“Salute to Our Veterans: Homeowners Association Marketplace,” Community Association’s Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, November 2014, Glendale, CA

Annual Legislative Update, Community Associations Institute – Orange County Regional Chapter, November 2014, Irvine, CA

“Oktoberfest Homeowners Association Marketplace,” Community Association’s Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, October 2014, Woodland Hills, CA

“Legislative Update & Free Legal Advice,” Community Association’s Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, October 2014, Long Beach, CA

“Risky Rules: The Hidden Liability Lurking in Your Rules,” Community Association’s Institute Legal Forum, October 2014, San Diego, CA

“M204: Community Governance,” Community Associations Institute, August 2014, Dallas, TX

Managers-Only Workshop, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Community Association Institute – Greater Los Angeles, June 2014, Los Angeles

Legal Panel, Wilshire Corridor Condominium Board Presidents Meeting, April 2014, Los Angeles

“Looking Within: Identifying Opportunities with Existing Clients,” Community Association Law Seminar, January 2014, Las Vegas, NV

“Free Legal Advice”, Homeowners Association Marketplace, December 2013, Pasadena, CA

“Almost Free Legal Advice,” Community Association Institute’s Channel Islands Chapter, September 2013, Thousand Oaks, CA

“Reasonable Accommodations 2.0: Pets + People + Parking = Problems!” 2013 Community Association Institute’s (CAI) Legal Forum: California Communities, October 2013, Irvine, CA

“The Davis-Stirling Act Has Changed, Get Ready for 2014,” Long Beach Area HOA Managers and Boards, September 2013, Long Beach, CA

“The Davis-Stirling Act Has Changed, Get Ready for 2014”, CAI – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, June 2013, Marina del Rey, CA

“The Davis-Stirling Act Has Changed: Get Ready for 2014,” CAI – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, May 2013

“Risky Recommendations,” California Association of Community Managers, April 2013, Orange County, CA

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