Condominium Law Group’s passion and practice is the representation of condominium and homeowner associations. We also assist individual community members resolve disputes with their associations. We are industry leaders and provide cost-effective services and practical, innovative solutions to our clients.
We are always responsive to our clients’ needs, and offer our clients the personal and individualized attention necessary to address and resolve their legal matters. When clients call our firm, they speak directly to one of our available attorneys. We make it a priority to promptly reply to written inquiries from clients. We listen to our clients to identify their goals and to fully understand the important issues involved.
One of our priorities is providing educational opportunities to condominium and homeowners associations, association manager, and community members. We are frequent presenters at industry events, and our intention is for our blog to serve as an extension of our commitment to education. We hope you will join us by commenting and asking questions; we look forward to engaging in a conversation with you to providing valuable information and resources for our readers.
Ken Harer is the founding partner at Condominium Law Group, PLLC and a principal with Reserve Consultants, Ltd. For nearly a decade, Ken and his team have been representing and assisting community associations on general counsel and governance issues, collection matters, and construction defect litigation. Ken holds degrees in architecture, business and law from the University of Washington. An active WSCAI volunteer, Ken is a frequent speaker at industry events and homeowner association seminars, and contributes regularly to industry periodicals. He is also a CAI certified Reserve Specialist and part owner of Reserve Consultants, Ltd. Ken enjoys construction and is reconstructing a neighboring house in his spare time.
Valerie Farris Oman is a partner at Condominium Law Group, PLLC and represents and assists community associations on general counsel and governance issues as well as collection matters. Valerie graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law (2005). Prior to joining Condominium Law Group, Valerie’s practice included small business law, civil litigation, insurance coverage, and construction law. Valerie grew up in the Pacific Northwest, speaks four languages with varying degrees of fluency and is passionate about providing high quality legal services to our clients. An active WSCAI volunteer, Valerie is a speaker at industry events and homeowner associations, and contributes regularly to industry periodicals.
Thomas J. Coy is an experienced attorney who has practiced in Washington State and in Minnesota. Mr. Coy is a graduate of St. John’s University in Minnesota, and received his legal education from Gonzaga University School of Law in Washington. After practicing with law firms in Washington and Minnesota, in 1995 Mr. Coy opened a law practice in Lynnwood, Washington and represented clients in Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation matters. He concentrated his practice in consumer bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) in 2001, and then after two years with another Seattle firm starting its bankruptcy department, he joined Condominium Law Group in June of 2011, and works in the challenging area of assessment collection and litigation.
Jennifer Mullin De Winter is the Legal Operations Administrator and an attorney who provides general in-house counsel to our Community Association clients. As the Legal Operations Administrator she works closely with Ken Harer and the other general counsel in-house attorneys to provide smooth workflow and ensure prompt service to our clients. She also provides legal advice on all aspects of community governance and risk management to Boards of Directors and Management. Jennifer graduated Seattle University School of Law in 2004 and previously worked in the Prosecuting Attorneys offices of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. As a Deputy Prosecutor she performed criminal prosecution as well as provided general counsel for various county departments.
Elissa Brine is an associate attorney who provides general in-house counsel to our clients. She has been a practicing attorney in the State of Washington for 10 years. She holds a JD from the University of Washington and an MS from Virginia Tech. In addition to her legal experience, Elissa teaches paralegal courses at Edmonds Community College. She has received research grants to study various issues, including a grant to research risk management issues from the EPA. Elissa has presented papers at conferences throughout the country on risk assessment, economics and science studies. Elissa has lived in Seattle for 13 years and loves endurance cycling and running events.
Samantha Brown is an associate attorney who represents and assists community associations on collections matters. Samantha is licensed to practice law in Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Utah and Alaska. She graduated cum laude with a JD from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. from Augustana College. Samantha grew up in the Chicago Land Area and held office as an Alderman while attending law school and until moving to Seattle in 2014. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and doing CrossFit all with her husband and Shiba Inu, Harvey.