Matthew A. Gardner

Senior Associate
Department Chair, ROcollect

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

Experience

Matthew A. Gardner is a senior associate who works with community associations, homeowners and HOA boards of directors to amend governing documents, resolve homeowner/member disputes, manage assessment delinquency matters and provide leadership training to volunteers and community members.

In his more than six years with Richardson|Ober, Matthew has worked with clients on risk management, reserve studies, rule creation and enforcement, financial reporting and budgets as well as community governance responsibilities.

Matthew’s winning combination of midwest charm and level-headedness helps him connect with people in a way that puts them at ease, makes them feel heard and enables the process of negotiation and communication to run smoothly. It’s this centeredness and ability to listen that makes Matthew successful whether he’s working out a collections matter, helping a board elect a new president or working with homeowners to amend their governing documents.

His approach to lawyering-as-a-service gives Matthew a sense of contentment as he sets an example of giving back for his four young daughters. Always ready to meet clients at industry events and frequently asked to speak to groups of community leaders, Matthew has established himself as a knowledgeable, reassuring guide to the ins and outs of common interest development living. As a senior associate, Matthew works closely with new associates, mentoring them and acclimating them to the nuances of the common interest development industry.

In addition to amending CC&Rs and counseling clients, Matthew is also the Department Chair of ROcollect, our assessment recovery services department. Matthew provides counsel on our judiciary foreclosure program and advises as to why, in our view, it is the most productive way to retrieve overdue assessment fees. He also supervises the collection managers and their collection cases.

A native of Cincinnati, Matthew attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship (2000-2001) and the Social Justice Scholarship (2002), as well as the 2003 CALI Excellence Award for the highest grade in his class. Prior to joining Richardson|Ober, he headed his own law firm in South Pasadena, California, which specialized in providing legal services to homeowners and mutual benefit corporations.

Education

University of Dayton, J.D., 2003
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1998

Memberships & Affiliations

Community Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Committee Chair Publications (2011-Present)

Community Associations Institute – Channel Islands Chapter, California Legislative Action Committee Member (2013)

San Gabriel Valley Bar Association (2011-Present)

Pasadena Bar Association (2012-Present)

Articles

“Bored with Meetings? Remember the Basics,” Channels of Communication, Community Associations Institute – Channel Islands Chapter, October 2012

“What Do Directors Need to Know?” Focus Magazine, Community Associations Institute
– Greater Los Angeles Chapter, February/March 2012

“Foreclosed Units,” Focus Magazine, Community Associations Institute
– Greater Los Angeles Chapter, February/March 2011

“Annual Disclosures,” Focus Magazine, Community Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter September/October 2010

Speaking Engagements

Community Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, South Bay Satellite Education Program on Board Meetings, March 2012, Marina del Rey, CA

Community Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Pasadena Satellite Education Program on Board Meetings, April 2012, Pasadena, CA