Founder. With an extensive background in the community association industry, Adrian Adams is one of the leading attorneys in California specializing in common interest developments. Adrian founded “Adams Stirling PLC” and quickly grew his firm into a preeminent boutique firm specializing in highrise condominiums, stock cooperatives, business parks, lake associations, golfing communities, equestrian associations, and ocean-front communities. Seeing the need to educate board members and homeowners, Adrian created a free online resource called that quickly became the number one resource for everything related to the Davis-Stirling Act. This was then followed by for commercial and industrial common interest developments. Adrian also publishes the Adams Stirling Newsletter that has become the largest circulating newsletter in the state.

Expert Witness. Adrian serves as an expert witness on standards of care issues involving association boards and managers and has testified extensively on issues involving maintenance, mold, rules enforcement, budgets, reserves, governing documents, management, and operations.



  • Recipient of an AV Preeminent Peer Review designation from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Is a member of Lawyers of Distinction
  • Founder and past President of the Foundation for California Community Association Education
  • Member of the Board of Directors of  the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR)
  • Founding member of the "Critical Issues Think Tank" of FCAR
  • Founding member of CIDLAW Organization
  • Member of the Task Force on Aging Infrastructures
  • Established California CID Lawyers listserv
  • Legal advisor on condominium law and smoke-free housing issues to the Technical Assistance Legal Center, a project of the Public Health Institute
  • Past member of the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Community Associations Institute
  • Delegate to California Legislative Action Committee
  • Created curriculum for and taught Association Management and Law for ten years for UCLA Extension

  • Juris Doctor. Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
  • Master of Business Administration. Anderson School, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts. Major in Psychology; minors in Chemistry and Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • US Marine Corps, specializing in aviation electronics in F-4 Phantom fighter jets

Speaking and Writing. Adrian regularly speaks and writes about matters affecting the industry. Following is a sampling:

  • Writes a popular weekly newsletter and blog with analysis and commentary on legal trends in the industry;
  • Created and writes content for, an award winning resource for the community association industry;
  • Created and writes content for, a popular resource for commercial common interest developments;
  • Guest speaker for the California State Bar and regularly speaks at industry-related events throughout California;
  • Panelist for continuing legal education programs for attorneys; and
  • Publishes a biennial salary survey of onsite managers throughout California which tracks trends related to income, gender, education, average age, and certification of managers.
Media Apperances. City Television (2013) LeBlanc interview regarding Senior Communities; National Public Radio (2014) on challenges faced by condominium associations by aging owners.

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